A blepharoplasty can enhance the appearance of your eyes, making you look more awake and refreshed. However, many patients have concerns about what happens after their procedure. Like any surgical procedure, blepharoplasties require some downtime, but this is the last step to getting the results you want! Here are a few things you can expect after your blepharoplasty procedure.  Men looking for eyebrow enhancement may consider a blepharoplasty for men.

Discomfort

The amount of discomfort after a blepharoplasty procedure varies from patient to patient. You can expect some degree of swelling, irritation, and bruising during recovery. These symptoms will be the worst in the few days after your procedure, but should only get better from there! To manage any pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication or a prescription pain medication. Swelling can be reduced by using an ice pack and keeping your head elevated. Your eyes might be dry or irritated during recovery, but artificial tear eye drops can help with these symptoms.

Restrictions

You will have the most restrictions in the first week of your recovery. This will include taking time off work, so you can recover comfortably at home with someone to care for you. During this time, you should avoid activities that could strain or dry out your eyes such as watching TV, looking at a computer screen, or reading extensively. You should not wear any makeup or contacts during this time. Sutures are removed about 5 days after surgery.

After the first week of your procedure, you will probably feel well enough to resume regular activities, but should still avoid any strenuous activity until three or four weeks. Activities to avoid include bending, lifting, and anything that might increase blood flow to the eyes. You should also be careful to avoid sun exposure or use sun protection during the first few weeks.

Results

You might not see true results in the first couple weeks of recovery, but don’t become discouraged! Your eyes need time to heal before they reveal results. As swelling diminishes, you will start to notice the results of your procedure with eyes that are youthful, awake, and refreshed. Your patience during recovery will all be worth it when the new appearance of your eyes is revealed.

If you are ready for a blepharoplasty procedure, contact our office today! You can schedule your consultation with Dr. Homas and be on your way to a more youthful appearance and the confidence you deserve.

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Are your sagging eyelids making you look tired all the time or even causing vision problems? Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can be performed to improve the appearance and function of the eyelids by reducing excess skin and tissue. If your drooping eyelids are bothering you, it might be time to consider eyelid surgery.

Who is a Candidate

Good candidates for a blepharoplasty procedure are healthy, non-smokers with no untreated eye or other medical conditions. Candidates should also possess a positive outlook for results and have realistic goals in mind. Before having a blepharoplasty procedure, your surgeon will make sure that drooping is actually from the eyelids and not also from the forehead or brow.

What it Can Fix

You might consider blepharoplasty if you experience baggy or drooping upper eyelids, excess skin of the upper or lower eyelids, bags under the eyes, or puffiness due to fatty deposits around the eyes. For some people, these issues might be causing vision problems and obstructing the peripheral view. For others, the procedure can be done for cosmetic reasons to give the eyes a more alert and rejuvenated appearance.

What it Can’t Fix

While an eyelid surgery can greatly improve the appearance of the eyes, other procedures might need to be added to give you the results you want. For example, blepharoplasty probably won’t eliminate dark under eye circles, crow’s feet, or other facial wrinkles. If these are issues you experience along with drooping eyelids, talk with your surgeon about additional treatment options like Botox, fillers, or a forehead lift to add to your eyelid surgery!

If you want to address your heavy eyelids and improve the appearance of your eyes for a youthful, rejuvenated look, contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Homas.

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Deciding to have a breast augmentation is an important and often life-changing decision. Once you have decided you want a breast augmentation to improve the size, shape, or symmetry of your breasts, you and your plastic surgeon will discuss what type of implant will be best for you. Doing your research ahead of time can help you feel more comfortable with your decision and prepare you with questions to ask your doctor. The two main types of implants that you will encounter are saline and silicone.

Saline Implant

Saline implants are made from a silicone shell filled with sterile salt water. If you are 18 or older, this implant is an option for you! One major benefit of choosing a saline implant is that the saline solution is completely safe for the body to absorb. If the shell were to leak or rupture, the implant would deflate and the saline would be naturally absorbed by the body. With saline, the implant can continue to be filled after placement, meaning incisions don’t need to be as large. Some women might not like this type of implant because it is slightly firmer than silicone, and can show more rippling, which might be visible through thin skin.

Silicone Implant

Silicone implants have similar shells as saline implants but are filled with a silicone gel. You must be 22 or older to be approved for this type of implant. Many women like this implant because it feels more like natural breast tissue. One major consideration when thinking about this implant is what would happen if this implant were to leak or rupture. In most modern silicone gel implants, the gel is cross-linked, which prevents the gel from leaking out, even if the shell is ruptured. Extensive studies have shown silicone gel implants to be safe for breast augmentation. Unlike saline implants, silicone implants often keep their shape during a leak, making a rupture difficult to detect. Your incision for a silicone implant may be slightly longer because it is pre-filled.

Now that you have some background on your two main implant options, you can weigh the pros and cons and decide which implant is best for your body type, goals, and desired results. This will all be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Homas and he can help ensure that you make the right decision.

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Today, plastic surgery in San Antonio is no longer seen as taboo, with celebrities proudly flaunting any work they’ve had done. In fact, celebrities such as the Kardashian sisters have even begun to somewhat normalize cosmetic procedures, and teenagers are beginning to take notes.

The Rise of Teenage Botox

Recent studies have shown that teenage Botox is on the rise, and CEO of Allergan, Brent Saunders, made it clear that he did not support the trend.

“While interest is growing, we must remember that anyone under the age of 18 is still maturing. Their body and appearance is still changing. Emotional maturity is critical to the decision-making process involved to fully understand treatment options and their potential implications. Many teenagers lack that level of maturity,” Saunders wrote in a blog post.

Saunders is not alone in his view on the issue, as many doctors are also not on board. Many believe that Botox should not be done for cosmetic reasons in teens, and should only be considered for medical reasons such as treating migraines and hyperhidrosis.

What Can Be Done?

While celebrity influence will always be present, teens need to take the necessary steps to care for their skin so that wrinkles and lines do not appear early in life. Wearing sunscreen when outside and avoiding tanning beds can dramatically improve your skin quality. Young people also need to be sure to do their research on cosmetic procedures like Botox when considering them, as making an informed decision is key to being satisfied with your results.

Overall, people should be sure to fully consider all of the pros and cons of any cosmetic procedure before committing. Cosmetic surgery should not be taken lightly, as it is a personal and life changing choice. If you believe you are ready to undergo cosmetic treatments and are interested in learning more about the procedure options we offer, contact our office today.

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Both men and women can experience thinning hair as they age, and it can often cause self-consciousness and unhappiness for many. If you are experiencing thinning hair, the NeoGraft hair restoration system may be the answer. This system is the most up to date hair restoration technology on the market and offers many benefits over other options.

How Does NeoGraft Work?

The NeoGraft system is a great hair restoration option for both men and women, and includes a few easy steps. The first procedure entails removing hair from a donor site in the back of the head. When this is done, each graft is extracted with the same diameter and length to increase success of the treatment. Next, the recipient sites are created, and the donor follicular units are transplanted into the balding and thinning areas on the scalp. New hair growth will begin about 3-4 months after your treatment and will continue to grow normally for natural looking results.

NeoGraft Benefits

The NeoGraft system provides many benefits over other hair restoration treatments. Not only does this procedure allow you to improve your hairline using your own hair, it also boasts reduced recovery time. This is due to the fact that there is no linear scarring on the back of the head and loss of feeling at the incision site, as there is with the strip method. Results are natural looking and there are no scars or stitches involved.

If you wish to achieve a fuller, thicker head of hair, contact our office today to learn more about the NeoGraft system. We would be happy to schedule your consultation with Dr. Homas.

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