What Is Blepharoplasty?

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure removing excess tissue from the upper, or lower eyelids.  Over time, as we age, lids can droop and lower lids can appear puffy, referred to as “bags under the eyes” from excess, prolapsed fat pockets and weakening of supporting eyelid muscles.  Some upper lids can be so droopy that they obstruct the patient’s visual field and give them a tired appearance which only surgery can reverse.  In general, lid surgery can last up to 10 years, depending on the patient's genetics and aging process.  At your blepharoplasty evaluation, it is imperative to first determine your goals for the procedure. Dr. Iskander takes a conservative approach in which the end results are natural and people notice a change and may comment that you look well-rested.  A successful surgery should not look overly exaggerated.

More About Blepharoplasty Surgery

Blepharoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure unlike ptosis repair which is viewed as functional repair.  With ptosis repair, eyelid muscles may be tightened or shortened to allow complete opening and closing of eyelids.  This is typically covered by medical insurance.  Both an ophthalmologist and plastic and reconstructive surgeon can perform blepharoplasties.  Ophthalmologists with oculoplastic training have additional specialty training in the functioning of the eye, eyelids, eye brows and supporting regions.   Very generally speaking, it has been vocalized from patients comparing pricing, ophthalmologists may charge less than plastic surgeons. Oftentimes, surgeons are sought out based on recommendations from happy patients.  Does the surgeon have before and after photos of patients to view?  Is the surgeon a board-certified practitioner?  What’s the experience of the surgeon and what methods does the surgeon implement?  

What Does Recovery From Blepharoplasty Look Like?

Blepharoplasty takes about a half hour for upper lids or lower lids, and about an hour for both upper and lower lids, combined.  Dr. Iskander has performed successful blepharoplasties on both men and women of various ages.  Following surgery, patients should refrain from physical activity for 24-48 hours and apply cold compresses to alleviate swelling and bruising.  After 2 weeks, patients will return to the clinic to remove fine nylon sutures.  Once sutures are removed, makeup can be applied. Patients return to the clinic at one month following surgery to assess healing and take after surgery photos.

Who Is Eligible For Blepharoplasty?

People who are not ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are those who suffer from chronic dry-eye, active inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and multi-revision surgeries, hypertension, circulation disorders, thyroid disorders, diabetes or heart disease.  In such scenarios, surgery is not recommended so non-surgical alternatives such as Botox and dermal fillers as well as other procedures (not offered at San Antonio Eye Specialists) may be explored.

For Blepharoplasty Surgery in San Antonio, Trust San Antonio Eye Specialists

Come view the before and after photos of successful blepharoplasties in performed by Dr. Iskander, our board-certified ophthalmologist, with over 25 years clinical and surgical experience. At San Antonio Eye Specialists, we've been the number one choice for blepharoplasty in San Antonio and the surrounding areas for over a decade. For your eyes…don’t compromise!