Blepharoplasty, or eye lift, is a procedure that helps to remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids and the lower eyelids. People typically get this type of eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons. In older people, this procedure may be done to help sagging upper eyelids that are blocking their vision. An eye lift will not remove crow’s feet or other facial wrinkles.
The blepharoplasty process generally takes about two hours if both upper eyelids are being done. This surgery could take anyway between 4-6 hours if all four eyelids are being done. The procedure will be done with a local anesthetic injected around the eyes. Typically, the upper eyelids are done first. Our board-certified plastic surgeons hide the scars in inconspicuous places, there will be some scarring but it will fade over time.
Anyone that has issues with their eyelids is a potential candidate for this procedure. The best candidate is one that is in good health without any issues. It is always a good idea to get a consultation with a knowledgeable surgeon, like Dr. Homas or Dr. Brostrom. They will be able to tell you whether or not this procedure will help improve your eyelids. They can also make suggestions about any other surgery that you may want to have during this time.
You must have someone with you to drive you home after the surgery. It is also a good idea to have someone stay overnight with you. You will need to plan on staying home for several days after the procedure. You may experience dry eyes after the procedure for up to two weeks. Things that you will need to have in your home for your aftercare include:
After about 5-7 days, you can go back to see your doctor and have the stitches removed. He will let you know when you can return to your normal activities.
If you are interested in having a blepharoplasty procedure, please call either Dr. Lisa Brostrom Dr. Dallas Homas at New Image Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, TX. We offer a consultation appointment where we can look to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. We can also give you more information on the surgery and the recovery process.