Eyelid Lift Overview
At some point, most of us awaken to find that despite sufficient sleep, cosmetics, and eye creams, our eyes reflect a more tired and aged appearance than what we feel inside. Eyelid surgery restores a more refreshed and youthful look to the eyes by improving the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This procedure effectively helps to correct the characteristics which can cause the eyes to appear older and fatigued. Board-certified Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Henry Mentz is one of the nation’s foremost experts in procedures to restore a refreshed and youthful appearance to the face and eyes. Though eyelid surgery can be performed alone, it is often combined with a facelift, brow lift and/or neck lift.
"Dr. Mentz is nothing short of a magician. I went to him for an abdominoplasty in November of 2015 and his work has been life changing. His "bedside manner" is equal to his skill. I did not, for one moment, feel spoken down to or intimidated by his brilliance. He was kind, professional and has a great sense of humor. This man is an artist."- J.R. / Facebook / Aug 16, 2017
"Dr. Mentz and his staff are the best! I have been a patient of Dr. Mentz for about 15 years now and will continue to use his facility because there are many different services available. I am almost 71 years old and people always tell me that I look so much younger than my age. Thank you Dr. Mentz Janet L."- J.L. / Yelp / Feb 27, 2020
"I was a client of his 25 years ago when he did my nose and a bit of lipo. I have thoroughly enjoyed my nose after all these years. It was a tricky surgery, as I had broken it before in a riding accident. Now, 25 years later, I am going back to fix my breasts. I can't say enough good things about him; Many of my friends and clients went to have their surgeries with him after seeing my results and they had no problems."- L.W. / Yelp / Feb 03, 2020
"This Dr and staff are awesome. The offices and care are all first class."- M.N. / Facebook / Dec 21, 2019
"Dr Mentz is an incredibly talented and gracious doctor! With Wonderful bedside manner! He was able to work magic with a rhinoplasty revision from the previous botched nose job I had received from a doctor before him. My nose looks better than it ever has!! He also did a breast augmentation. Upsizing my 10 yr old implants from saline to silicone and a larger implant. And I finally have the breasts I always wanted!! And a testament to his generosity and commitment to perfection, originally I had a smaller implant chosen and after the original surgery was not happy with the size after all. Dr Mentz was kind enough to allow me to go back under the knife only a couple of days after the initial surgery and obtain the larger implants I desired...FREE OF CHARGE!! Only charging me for the price of the implants. His compassion and understanding made me feel like he really cares and his commitment to perfection rivals my own I am about to have a Brazilian butt lift done with him in a month or two and I am so excited!! Because I know what a talented doctor he is!! I would not entrust my body or face to another doctor EVER AGAIN! If your looking for your "happily ever after", look no further! Thank you again Dr Mentz!! For making me feel (and look) whole again!!"- C.B. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
Eyelid Lift Surgical Technique
For upper eyelid surgery, an incision is generally made within the fold of the lid. Through this incision, Dr. Mentz removes excess skin and fatty tissue, and he tightens the muscles and tissues. To correct conditions of the lower eyelid, an incision is made just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess fat is removed or redistributed to restore a smoother, firmer appearance to this region. As an alternative, Dr. Mentz may perform a transconjunctivial blepharoplasty through an incision made inside the lower eyelid. With this technique, no skin is removed and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures.
Eyelid Lift Recovery
In the first few days following surgery, you should rest with your head elevated. To reduce bruising and swelling, Dr. Mentz may instruct you to apply cold compresses to the surgical regions. Most bruising diminishes within 7-10 days. You may initially feel a sensation of tightness around your eyes, which can be controlled with oral medications. You may experience temporary sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and excess tearing and/or dryness. To reduce those sensations try taking naps and avoid activities that dry your eyes such as; reading, watching television, or using the computer, etc. Dr. Mentz may recommend eye drops to relieve any burning or itching you may experience. Stitches are removed in one week. Scarring is usually minimal after three weeks and undetectable in six months. Most patients are able to return to work in 5-7 days and resume exercise in three weeks.
Multiple procedures will reduce the costs for anesthesia and facility time. Please be aware that the prices listed below are for an estimate of fees only and that you will need a consultation to confirm any pricing.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $4,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Lift FAQs
An eyelid lift procedure effectively helps to correct the characteristics which can cause the eyes to appear tired and aged including:
- Loose or sagging skin of the upper eyelids, which can obscure the natural fold of lids and, in some cases, cause vision impairment
- Puffiness in the upper eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
Combining Face Surgeries?
Many patients choose to have eyelid surgery in conjunction with both surgical and non-surgical procedures which may include a facelift, neck lift, endoscopic brow lift, cell-enriched fat grafting, nose surgery, and laser resurfacing, which reduces fine wrinkles and improves the skin’s tone and texture. During your consultation with Dr. Mentz, he will comprehensively evaluate the degree of laxity of each area of your face in order to recommend the procedure or combination of procedures that will help you to achieve the most youthful and natural appearance.
Because incisions for eyelid surgery are placed within the natural creases and structures of the eyelid region, any scarring is typically well-concealed. Eyelid surgery is performed in 1-2 hours as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia at Dr. Mentz’s private AAAASF-certified SurgiCentre facility in Houston, Texas under the supervision of a board-certified anesthesiologist.