Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, can enhance the contour of the eyes and reduce age-related imperfections on the eyelids. This procedure can also have a practical application for those who have lost peripheral vision due to excess skin. Blepharoplasty is done by removing excess fat and skin 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 important to understand that the surgery will not remove crow’s feet, lift the brow or eliminate dark circles beneath the eyes.
Choosing Eyelid Surgery in San Antonio: Who’s a Good Fit?
If you feel that excess skin on your eyelids is getting in the way of your vision or making you look older and more tired, you may be a candidate for eyelid surgery. The stretching of the skin on your upper eyelids can cause a condition called dermatochalasis, which usually makes one appear tired or older than they are and may even interfere with peripheral vision. The lower eyelids are prone to a collection of fatty tissue, which creates the appearance of eye bags. 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 performed on an outpatient basis 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. Dr. Ortegon 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.
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)
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 post surgery. For optimal comfort, it is recommended that you keep your head elevated and use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising as needed. Contact lenses can be worn after about two weeks, and exercise can be resumed after about three weeks.
Contact us at San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery for more information. Call 210.951.2483 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.