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What is an Eyelid Lift?

The eyelids are one of the first areas to lose youthful elasticity and tone. Over time, this delicate skin stretches and fat protrudes creating a tired, aged appearance. In extreme cases, one’s vision may be affected by the weight of overhanging skin pushing down on the eyelid. When performed by Dr. Givens, our top eyelid lift surgeon in Austin with a reputation for excellence, a custom eyelid lift will leave you looking younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated in the most natural way.

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The Ideal Candidate for an Eyelid Lift

The Difference between a Cosmetic & Functional Upper Eyelid Lift

Eyelid lift surgery improves visible signs of aging and redefines the contours of the eyelids to provide results that last for decades. Determining the ideal candidate for an eyelid lift requires an in-depth consultation and evaluation with Dr. Givens as the indications for functional versus cosmetic upper eyelid surgery are quite different. A functional upper eyelid lift is performed when an excessive amount of upper eyelid skin and/or fat is causing visual impairment, while a cosmetic upper eyelid lift is performed strictly for an improvement in appearance. Whereas functional procedures are often covered by insurance, cosmetic upper and lower Eyelid Surgery in Austin is not.

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Eyelid Lift Techniques with Dr. Givens

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The upper eyelid lift restores visual form and function while making the eyes appear more alert and youthful. The secret behind this innovative technique is the specific placement of incisions, removal of redundant skin, and excision of excess fat to allow for return of a natural, refreshed appearance.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

The lower eyelid lift can be performed on its own or at the same time as upper eyelid surgery. This procedure addresses under eye bags, hollowing, and dark circles through removal and repositioning of protruding fat and tightening of loose skin to ultimately restore the upper face.

Revision Eyelid Surgery

A revision eyelid lift corrects the outcome of a prior eyelid surgery. The decision to pursue revision surgery is significant and requires a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Givens, an expert facial plastic surgeon, to determine if your expectations can be achieved.

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The Benefits of an Eyelid Lift in Austin

Issues Addressed with an Eyelid Lift

  • A tired, aged appearance 
  • Drooping eyelid skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles of the lower eyelids
  • Under eye bags, fat bulges, and dark circles
  • Visual field impairment from drooping eyelid skin

Benefits Achieved with an Eyelid Lift

  • A refreshed, alert appearance
  • Improved eyelid definition
  • Firmed and tightened eyelid skin
  • Elimination of bags and bulges under the eyes
  • Reduction of dark circles
  • Long-lasting results
  • Restored self-confidence 

"Dr. Givens is phenomenal at what she does. Informative, detail-oriented and very polite and professional. So happy with my results and will definitely be back for more services from her expert care."


How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

The Eyelid Lift improves visible signs of aging and redefines the contours of the upper and/or lower eyelids to provide results that last for decades. The secret behind this innovative technique is the specific placement of incisions, removal of redundant skin, and excision of excess fat to allow for the return of a naturally refreshed appearance.

To achieve improved eyelid definition, Dr. Givens utilizes a series of sequential steps to restore visual form and function while making the eyes more alert and youthful. Eyelid surgery can be performed simultaneously with many facial restoration procedures including facial contouring, nasal reshaping, skin rejuvenation, revision and repair procedures, and non-surgical maintenance.

When it comes to your face, there is no reason to compromise on quality. From your first consultation to the final reveal, Dr. Givens invests her time and resources into learning about you, understanding your aesthetic goals, and developing a personalized plan and a customized approach tailored specifically to your individual needs.

What does Recovery Entail?

Preparation for recovery after an eyelid lift begins at your one-on-one initial consultation with Dr. Givens at her Austin office. While recovery after the Eyelid Lift is generally about 2 weeks, this may vary depending on a patient’s innate healing abilities and the extent of work performed. 

Givens Facial Plastic Surgery provides all surgical candidates with a Surgery & Post-Treatment Care Book pertaining to the individual procedures chosen. Each book provides a detailed aftercare plan based on prior patient experiences and commonly asked questions. Topics of discussion include recommended post-surgery items to purchase, postoperative care and cleaning instructions, a 30-day recovery guide, and a timeline for return to normal activities including bathing, beauty care, exercise, work, and things to avoid. 

It is highly recommended that you and your caretaker read this packet SEVERAL times BEFORE surgery to adequately prepare for the recovery process. Those who follow these instructions faithfully generally have the smoothest postoperative course and proper healing.

Why Choose Dr. Givens for an Eyelid Lift in Austin?

Dr. Givens focuses exclusively on facial plastic surgery and has achieved a reputation for excellence throughout her education and career. The goal of eyelid surgery is to rejuvenate your facial appearance without creating an unsightly “wide-eyed” look. To achieve this, Dr. Givens takes a conservative approach by delicately removing excess skin and fat to restore a youthful eyelid contour for a bright and engaging appearance. In addition, she provides elite service, concierge-level care, and results that exceed expectations. For the ultimate in discretion, privacy, and results, you deserve to meet with Dr. Givens and discover one of the most talented facial plastic surgeons for Blepharoplasty in Austin.

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Does an Eyelid Lift leave scars?

Any time a cut is made on the body there will be a scar. However, scar visibility depends on several factors. Incisions of the eyelids are hidden within natural creases to ensure scars are virtually invisible. The beauty of undergoing this custom procedure with Dr. Givens is that the results cannot be discerned as having been achieved with surgery.

Can an Upper Eyelid Lift also reposition my eyebrows?

While an upper eyelid lift has several benefits including removal of drooping eyelid skin and excess fat, tightening of loose skin and musculature, and improvement of visual impairment caused by overhanging tissues, it does not elevate the eyebrows. Eyebrow repositioning requires a separate procedure called a brow lift, which can be performed at the same time as your eyelid surgery. For some people, a combination of eyelid surgery and a brow lift is the ultimate way to restore the upper face. Dr. Givens, a leading female plastic surgeon in Austin, can perform both of these custom surgeries to enhance your natural beauty and highlight your other features.

What is the cost of eyelid surgery in Austin?

Insurance does not typically cover surgeries performed for cosmetic or elective reasons; however, if your vision is impaired due to low-hanging lids, costs may be partially paid for. Costs for blepharoplasty will include sedation fees, surgeon’s fees, facility fees, and medication fees among others. The average cost will depend on whether you undergo upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both at the same time.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome occurs as a result of chronic, insufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Common signs and symptoms include red/bloodshot eyes, excessive tearing, and the sensation of a foreign body within the eye. Unbeknownst to most, continuous eye weeping is a significant indication of dry eyes as the tear duct is actually overproducing tear film in an attempt to lubricate the eyes. If you have a history of dry eyes or prior eyelid surgery, it is important to discuss this with Dr. Givens during your initial consultation as eyelid surgery can temporarily or permanently worsen pre-existing dry eyes.

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