Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery Can Help You Achieve a More Attractive, Youthful Appearance

Eyelid surgery is a relatively quick and simple procedure, yet the results can dramatically improve your appearance for many years to come. Droopy eyelids and sagging skin are two of the major reasons you might consider cosmetic eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty). While both of these are inevitable during the natural aging process, the good news is that eyelid surgery at South Texas Plastic Surgery in Victoria, TX, can remove and tighten excess skin, giving you a more alert and youthful appearance. Dr. Brian F. Burns has many years of experience, and he has undergone extremely rigorous training. Thus, he offers superior care with beautiful and natural-looking results.

A close-up image of an eye with a droopy, sagging eyelid

The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

As your upper or lower eyelids become droopy and baggy with age, you might be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Additionally, if drooping skin is hanging over your pupils, the procedure could enhance your field of vision. Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate your entire face, often making it seem as if you are many years younger than you actually are. Blepharoplasty can dramatically improve your appearance, correcting concerns such as:

  • Puffy upper lids
  • Bags beneath your eyes
  • Sagging lower lids that expose the pink skin beneath
  • A constant tired or haggard appearance

In conjunction with the aesthetic benefits of blepharoplasty, you could also enjoy a huge boost of self-esteem. Your youthful appearance could make you feel much more confident, particularly in social and professional settings.

Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

If you are struggling with drooping eyelids or dark bags around your eyes, you may be a candidate for eyelid surgery. To qualify for this or any type of facial cosmetic surgery, you should be in good overall health. If you have a compromised immune system, such as an autoimmune disease, or if you have a bleeding disorder, it may not be wise to undergo unnecessary surgery. Skin conditions such as eczema or skin cancer can also affect your candidacy. Prior to recommending eyelid surgery, Dr. Burns will consider your ophthalmic medical history. If you have a condition that affects the eyes, such as glaucoma or dry eye, you may not be able to tolerate blepharoplasty. An irregular facial structure that does not give sufficient support to your eyes can also limit your eligibility. For those qualified patients, eyelid surgery poses very few risks. Possible risks include dry eyes, blurred vision, and infection, among others. However, when you choose Dr. Burns to perform your blepharoplasty, you can be assured that you are in the best of hands. 

Planning Your Surgery

Dr. Burns offers completely personalized care. He understands that plastic surgery is not a one-size-fits-all prospect. Rather, he can design your procedure to meet your specific aesthetic goals. Through careful planning, he can also achieve subtle results that can accentuate your overall facial features. He will begin with a complete and thorough consultation. At this time, he will discuss your objectives for surgery. Because there are several techniques that he can use, he will meticulously choose the right one for you based on your specific needs. He can determine the most suitable placement for incisions and decide whether he needs to remove any tissue during the process. He can also discuss your payment options, and he can provide tips for your surgical preparation and recovery.

Frequently, patients choose to combine blepharoplasty with another type of facial cosmetic surgery. For example, Dr. Burns could combine your eyelid surgery with a facelift, rhinoplasty, or a neck lift to help you achieve a dramatically younger appearance. Dr. Burns can discuss any additional treatment options with you at your initial consultation. If applicable, he can help you determine which procedure you should undergo first. Then he can create a comprehensive treatment plan to minimize discomfort and healing time. However, he will never pressure you to undergo surgery you do not want or need.

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

Dr. Burns can perform eyelid surgery on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both at the same time. To prepare you for your procedure, he will first make precise marks on your eyelids to indicate where excess skin and fat needs to be removed. During the surgery itself, Dr. Burns will make incisions in the natural folds of the eyelid—in the crease of the upper eyelid and just below the lashes or behind the lower eyelid—to ensure any scarring is hidden. He can then determine how much skin, fat, and other tissue should be removed. In some cases, he can also lift and tighten the eyelid muscles. Once the modifications are complete, Dr. Burns will carefully close the incisions and apply specialized bandages to protect the treatment area as it heals. 

Dr. Burns offers completely personalized care. He understands that plastic surgery is not a one-size-fits-all prospect. Rather, he can design your procedure to meet your specific aesthetic goals.

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

Immediately following the procedure, you can expect the area around your eyes to be bruised, red, and swollen. Because of this, you must arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery. These side effects should subside within a few days. If you wear glasses, you can wear them immediately following the procedure; however, you should wait to wear contact lenses until the swelling has subsided enough for your lenses to be worn comfortably. Additionally, you should not wear any eye makeup until the area is completely healed.

Once you begin your at-home recovery, you should follow the aftercare instructions provided by our team. These instructions could include direction on applying topical antibiotics, indicate which non-prescription pain relievers you should use, and when to replace ice packs with warm compresses. Mild discomfort is normal in the days following the procedure; however, if you feel severe pain or if your vision changes, you should call us immediately. Fortunately, serious side effects are rare, especially with Dr. Burns’ skill and detail-oriented care.

Contact Us to Learn More

Droopy or baggy eyelids do not have to make you feel self-conscious. Learn more about how blepharoplasty can enhance your appearance and improve your confidence. Contact us online today to schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery. You can also call us at (361) 576-1975 to speak with a member of our staff. 

What I liked about Dr. Burns is, he was in no hurry when I talked to him. He listened to my concerns and answered all my questions before my procedure. Bobby
I would recommend him to anyone who will listen. He goes to great lengths to make sure you are happy with his work.   Tina
From the moment I walked into Dr. Burns’ office I felt so comfortable; from the welcome at the front desk to the friendly staff waiting for me in back. Paula
I did my research and asked everyone who to use and it was unanimous: they all said to use Dr. Brian Burns at South Texas Plastic Surgery. Shelly

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