Put Your Tired Eyes to Bed
- Posted on: May 15 2020
As we age the skin and muscles around our eyes sag and lose their tautness. Plus, in a sunny place such as San Antonio, the thin skin on our eyelids and around our eyes takes a beating from the sun’s UV rays. All of this can combine to make a person look perpetually tired and old. In some cases sagging upper eyelids can even impact vision. Eyelid surgery with Dr. Coleman can change all of that.
Eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, removes excess skin, repositions fat, and tightens muscles in the lower and upper eyelids giving them a much younger appearance. It is a quick procedure, lasting only around 45 minutes to an hour, but the results are long lasting and very rewarding.
What does eyelid surgery address?
Dr. Coleman usually performs these delicate surgeries for cosmetic reasons, but he can also correct functional problems, such as with the elevator muscles. These are the typical areas to address with the procedure:
- Excess fat in the eyelids, causing puffiness
- Loose or saggy skin, which can create skin folds that disturb the natural shape of the upper eyelid, and can even impinge upon vision
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopy lower eyelids, revealing the white underneath the iris
- Excess skin and wrinkles in the lower eyelid and beneath it
What is the procedure?
On the upper eyelid, the incision is made in the natural crease, hiding it almost completely. Fat is then repositioned, eyelid muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed.
On the lower eyelid, Dr. Coleman has returned to placing the incision just below the eyelash line. He feels this incision offers him better opportunity to redrape the skin and muscle, along with trimming some excess skin.
On both lids, Dr. Coleman is particularly careful with fat. Removing too much fat can leave a patient with a gaunt, hollow look. He usually repositions most of the fat to create a natural look. There are some cases where Dr. Coleman will now place a fat graft below the lower eyelid in patients who have really lost volume in that area.
What can I expect from my recovery from blepharoplasty?
Recovery from eyelids surgery is not difficult. Pain is minimal, and swelling can be managed with a cold compress that we provide. Usually within a week most patients are back at work with their co-workers wondering what is different about them. Why? Blepharoplasty can take a decade or more off of a person’s appearance, yet the results are very subtle.
Want to look more alert, refreshed, and younger, all the while having friends and co-workers wonder what your secret is? Call Dr. Coleman at (210) 251-4362 and set up a consultation for blepharoplasty.
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