If you are concerned that your eyelids are drooping and making you look more aged or tired than you would like, the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas in San Antonio has a surgical option that may be able to help: eyelid surgery.
Also known as Blepharoplasty, this kind of surgery is done for both medical and cosmetic reasons. It improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. The most common problems that this kind of surgery can fix are loose or sagging eyelid skin (upper or lower) that creates unsightly folds and can even impair vision, removing or improving problems with excess fatty deposits that can make eyelids appear puffy, repair bags under the eyes, and correct the appearance of excess skin and fine lines around and under the lower eyelid.
Since this is a surgical procedure, as opposed to a non-invasive treatment, your doctor will talk to you about whether eyelid surgery is the correct choice for you. In some cases, what looks like drooping eyelids is actually caused by another part of the face, such as relaxed or sagging muscles in the forehead or the brow area. Our plastic surgery professionals will discuss whether you are the right candidate for Blepharoplasty following a thorough examination during which not just your lids, but also the surrounding anatomy of your face is taken into consideration.
If you are found to be a good candidate for this kind of surgery, there is some preparation involved on your part. First off, if you are a smoker, it’s very important that you stop smoking prior to your surgery. Smoking can increase the risk of infection, in some cases, and it can also mean recovery time goes longer than it should. You may also be asked to discontinue the use of certain medications in the days leading up to your surgery — including prescription medications, aspirin, certain kind of anti-inflammatory drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter), and supplements. Your doctor will explain which medications should be discontinued and why, as well as when you can start taking any medically-necessary ones again following your surgery.
You will also undergo a series of lab tests, such as blood testing, in order to make sure you are in the best health prior to surgery. If any issues are found, they can be dealt with and your surgery may be postponed to a later date. It is also important to remember that this type of surgery is done under anesthesia, so be sure to make arrangements for traveling to and from the hospital, as you should not drive yourself.
The actual procedure is quite simple. You will be given a sedative and a local anesthetic. Once those medications are doing their job, small incisions will be made in the natural creases of whichever eyelid is being fixed. The incisions allow your surgeon to repair muscles, remove excess skin, or any other procedure that needs to be performed in order to successfully complete the surgery. In some cases, this kind of surgery can be combined with certain cosmetic injectables in order to further enhance the results. If this extra step interests you, discuss it with your surgeon to see if it can be done.
For more information about eyelid surgery and all of the other surgical and non-surgical options we offer, call our office today. We are here to answer your questions and find the right steps to get you the results you want.