Turning Back the Clock on Aging Eyes

Young woman touching her faceThe eyes have it. While this is a take on the usual “ayes have it” from parliamentary procedure, when it comes to the face the eyes do have it. When asked, most people say the eyes are the first thing they notice when looking at another person, particularly for the first time. 

Unfortunately, the skin around the eyes shows the signs of aging as early as any part of the face. This is because the skin in this area is among the thinnest on the entire human body. Sun damage and personal habits such as smoking take a toll. Plus, fat deposits, loosening skin, and other issues can leave a person with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes, and with it, a much older appearance. 

Blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, with Dr. Barrera can take a decade off the age of your face. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes. 

Is eyelid surgery right for me? 

Unlike most cosmetic surgery procedures, eyelid surgery is popular with both women and men. Drooping eyelids are equally irritating to both sexes. More and more men are having this surgery with Dr. Barrera. Often, they tell us they feel as if they need to rejuvenate their eyes to keep up with younger counterparts in the office. 

Eyelid surgery 

Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your personal condition. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. 

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Barrera makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. He then tightens the muscle tissue, repositions the fat, and removes excess skin. Dr. Barrera is especially careful with removing fat to not give the patient the hollow look that you see with failed procedures done elsewhere. 

In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area. 


Eyelid surgery does not require a difficult recovery. When you return home after your surgery, your eyelids will be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After about one week, your stitches are removed and most of your healing will be done. There will be some residual swelling at times, but you’ll already love the way your eyes look. 

Do you want to rejuvenate your eyelids? Call Dr. Barrera at (713) 468-5200 to schedule a consultation.

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