Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can enhance the contour of the eyes, reducing age-related imperfections on the eyelids. The procedure works by removing excess fat and skin in order to correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes.
At San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, eyelid surgery can be conducted as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with other facial procedures like the brow lift surgery or facelift surgery. Though eyelid surgery can make a substantial improvement in the aesthetic appearance of the eyes, it is worth noting that the surgery will not remove crow’s feet, lift sagging eyebrows, or eliminate dark circles beneath the eyes.
Choosing Eyelid Surgery in San Antonio: Who’s a Good Fit?
If you are tired of droopy, baggy eyelids you may be a candidate for eyelid surgery. Stretching of the skin on your upper eyelids can cause a condition called dermatochalasis, which usually makes one appear tired or unhappy. The lower eyelids are prone to collection of fatty tissue, which creates the appearance of eye bags. If you are affected by any of these conditions, you should schedule a consultation to learn more about eyelid surgery in San Antonio.
In some cases, an eye exam is necessary before surgery. Our plastic surgeons may advise you to visit an ophthalmologist, especially if you have dry eye, diabetes, high blood pressure or hypothyroidism.
Eyelid Surgery in San Antonio: What to Expect
Your eyelid surgery in San Antonio will be an outpatient procedure and should last between one and three hours. General or local anesthesia may be used depending on the extent of the surgery and your personal needs.
Incisions are placed along the natural lines of the eyelids so that scars will be well hidden. The incisions are typically placed:
- In the creases of the upper eyelids
- Below lashes in the lower eyelids
- Within the lower eyelid (the transconjunctival technique)
Dr. Ortegon or Dr. Baumholtz will separate the skin from the underlying fatty tissue and muscle, remove or reposition excess fat, and trim sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures.
Eyelid Surgery San Antonio Results
Recovery from eyelid surgery typically lasts about ten days. During this time you may experience soreness and tightness in the eyelids as the anesthesia wears off. You may also experience blurred vision which should peak around four hours after surgery.
Keep your head elevated for several days and use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. Contact lenses can be worn once again after about two weeks, and exercise can be resumed after about three weeks.
Contact us at San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery for more information. Call 210-614-4320 or fill out our email contact form. We are located in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area and often receive patients from Austin, Corpus Christi, McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville. Our plastic surgeons committed to helping his patients achieve the appearance they desire in a safe, medically responsible manner.