Give Tired Eyes a Youthful Boost with Upper Eyelid Surgery
Environmental factors, sun damage, and the natural aging process are all factors that can contribute to sagging eyelids. Unfortunately, this can result in a tired and haggard appearance. At South Texas Plastic Surgery in Victoria, TX, Dr. Brian F. Burns can perform upper eyelid surgery to lift sagging skin in order to create a more youthful look around your eyes. In addition to aesthetics, this procedure can serve a functional purpose as well by removing skin that affects your eyesight. We can work with your insurance company to maximize coverage if your upper eyelids impede your vision.
Upper eyelid surgery can address drooping skin that could be impeding your vision.
About Upper Eyelid Surgery
Also referred to as a blepharoplasty, upper eyelid surgery involves the removal of excess tissue around the eyes. In some cases, the underlying muscles will also be tightened to offer a firmer look and feel.
During an initial consultation at our office, Dr. Burns will perform a thorough evaluation and review your medical history to determine if you qualify for upper eyelid surgery. You may be a candidate for blepharoplasty if you:
- Have drooping or sagging eyelids.
- Are generally healthy.
- Have realistic expectations of surgical results.
- Do not currently suffer from significant ophthalmological issues, such as dry eyes, Graves’ disease, or glaucoma.
- Do not smoke or consume excessive amounts of alcohol, both of which can impede healing.
- Are at least 18 years old (although most patients will not require blepharoplasty until after age 40).
Benefits of Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery offers many cosmetic and functional advantages. For some patients, drooping eyelids can cause ocular tissue irritation. Blepharoplasty effectively eliminates this discomfort. Upper eyelid surgery yields outstanding results with less invasive treatment when compared to alternative cosmetic facial surgeries, such as a facelift. Patients who undergo blepharoplasty at our practice can enjoy a younger, more refreshed appearance and an improvement in their vision.
Upper Eyelid Surgery: The Procedure
Upper eyelid surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, and can be completed in about one to two hours. The treatment can be performed under general anesthesia if the patient prefers. However, most people can undergo the surgery with mild sedation and local anesthesia. Sedation options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation with Dr. Burns, so you will know what to expect.
Upper eyelid surgery yields outstanding results with less invasive treatment when compared to alternative cosmetic facial surgeries, such as a facelift.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Burns will make an incision along the eyelid crease. The incision placement can be altered if necessary, and will be dependent on the unique needs of the patient. Once the incision is made, excess fat deposits and skin will be removed. Some patients may also require tightening of the underlying facial muscles, although this is not necessary for every individual. The skin will be smoothed and repositioned, and Dr. Burns will close the incision with small sutures. These stitches typically remain in place for approximately four or five days.
Following the procedure, some degree of bruising and swelling is normal, and can persist for up to ten days. This can be addressed with a combination of pain relieving medications and cold compresses. Most patients find they are able to comfortably return to work a few days after their surgery. You will be provided with a comprehensive list of post-procedure instructions, and you should follow these as closely as possible to increase your chances for a successful recovery.
Learn More about Upper Eyelid Surgery
If you have sagging or drooping eyelids, you could benefit from upper or lower eyelid surgery. To determine your candidacy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns by contacting us online or by calling South Texas Plastic Surgery at (361) 576-1975.