Restore Your Youthful Appearance With Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty is the surgical removal of excess skin and fat of the upper and/or lower eyelid. By removing excess skin of the eyelids and getting rid of the “bags” around the eyes, a refreshed, well-rested, and younger appearance is created. It is the most comprehensive and definitive way of treating wrinkles, excess skin of the eyelids, and puffiness around the eyes seen in aging and is performed regularly by the plastic surgeons at Hill Country Plastic Surgery.
In San Antonio, fellowship-trained plastic surgeons Dr. Scott Farber and Dr. Amita Shah are industry leaders experienced in facial plastic surgery, with years of extensive and intense training. Dr. Farber specializes in facial aesthetic surgery, drawing on his extensive experience and training to restore contours that look both youthful and natural.
They recognize that each face requires an individualized approach to restore the appearance of youth and use a wide variety and combination of techniques to achieve this goal. In the end, you will have the most natural-looking results that celebrate your true beauty.
Because blepharoplasty surgery can create such dramatic results, it is important to work only with a plastic surgeon who has experience with the specific procedure and who has a thorough knowledge and understanding of facial anatomy.
What can Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Do?
A blepharoplasty is ideal for anyone looking to refresh and enhance their eye shape. It can correct hooded and sagging skin, puffy eyes, and create an ideal double upper eyelid shape. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin around the eyes, recontouring and refreshing the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. By removing or replacing fat, tired looking eyes that have dark circles or bags can be rejuvenated to a well-rested appearance that can make patients look much more youthful. The plastic surgeons at Hill Country Plastic Surgery use advanced techniques to preserve distinct ethnic anatomical features to provide a more alert and rejuvenated post-operative appearance without altering the fundamental characteristics that contribute to your unique look and identity.
How is an Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) Performed?
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty can be performed under general anesthesia or with light sedation and local anesthesia. Either the upper or the lower eyelids can be treated individually or they can be treated all together in order to address the signs of aging. Dr. Farber or Dr. Shah will help you determine which option will be the best to achieve your goals. The incisions are placed in the natural creases and lines, where they are well concealed once they heal. Some patients may be candidates for a transconjunctival approach, which allows the surgeon to access the fat without a skin incision at all. The incision is made inside the eyelid. In certain cases, an eyelid tightening procedure may be necessary if the lower eyelids are loose or sagging. The length of the procedure can vary, based on the extent of the correction needed, but it generally takes between one to two hours to complete. Blepharoplasty can be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures as well, such as a facelift or brow lift.
What Should I Expect During the Recovery Period?
You should not experience much pain following surgery, but it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling. Using an icepack will help reduce the swelling and bruising. Most people can resume normal activities within a few days, begin to wear makeup after one week, and can resume social activities in two weeks. We recommend waiting one week before performing any activities which may strain your eyes such as reading or focusing on a screen. It is normal to have some blurriness or visual changes, and that may take a few days to subside.
What to Expect During Your Consultation Visit
During the initial consultation with your surgeon at Hill Country Plastic Surgery, we will discuss your concerns and goals before recommending treatment options that are tailored specifically to your needs. Prior to your consultation, we recommend that you review the procedures on our website so you are familiar with the terms we will be using during our discussion.
Once we identify your concerns and surgical goals, we will discuss all of the treatment options that are available to you. Every patient is unique and we will develop a tailored surgical plan that addresses your specific goals. In addition, we will thoroughly review your medical history, surgical history, medications, allergies, family medical history, and other important details. It is very important that we obtain accurate information in all of these areas as it may impact the outcome of your surgery.
While discussing different treatment options, we will perform a physical exam and take measurements that are necessary for planning for your surgery. Pre-operative (before surgery) photos will be taken either at your initial consultation, or during your pre-operative visit.
After your consultation, you will receive access to your notes on the patient portal in addition to information about your specific surgery. If you have not activated your patient portal, this can be done at your appointment by asking any of our staff to assist you. If you have questions after your appointment, you can contact our office or message us through the patient portal. Some patients will require medical clearance from their primary care physician or a specialist or additional tests before undergoing surgery.
Once you have determined that you would like to have surgery and have completed any clearances and tests that were requested, contact our office at (210) 658-3555 to schedule a pre-operative appointment with one of our surgeons.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) FAQs
What is an upper blepharoplasty?
An upper blepharoplasty or eyelid lift is a procedure to rejuvenate the upper eyelid by restoring the natural contours of youth. The procedure removes extra skin and fat in the upper eyelid region.
What is a lower blepharoplasty?
A lower blepharoplasty or eyelid lift is a surgical procedure that removes extra fat and skin from the lower eyelids. This can refresh the “tired” puffy eyes that typically are a result of aging.
Are the results permanent?
The results will last a long time, however aging still occurs and you may need a repeat of the procedure years down the road. This all varies patient to patient.
What is the bulging in the lower eyelid that causes "bags"?
The bags under the eyes are caused by your normal fat that bulges out with age. The procedure can either remove or reposition the fat to restore a smooth, youthful contour.
I have dry eyes, can I undergo eyelid surgery?
Patients with severe dry eye are not recommended to undergo elective eyelid surgery because the condition may worsen. For mild amounts of dry eye, patients are advised to use artificial tears or eye drops frequently after surgery.
When can I wear glasses or contact lenses after eyelid surgery?
Patients can wear glasses right away as long as they do not rub against suture lines or affect the incisions. We recommend 1 week before resuming contact lens use.