Eyelid Surgery Overview
San Antontio men and women who suffer from puffy, droopy eyelids and bulging bags under their eyes may consider cosmetic surgery to correct their eyelids. Natural causes, such as aging, loss of volume and genetics, make men and women over the age of 35 look older and more tired. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael E. Decherd, performs eyelid surgery for patients who are looking for a more awakened and alert face. Also known as blepharoplasty or an eyelid tuck, Dr. Decherd uses the latest surgical technique on the upper and lower eyelids to remove excess fat and tissue, and tighten the underlying muscles to create a rejuvenated appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Upper and Lower Bleph, LOVE THE RESULTS - San Antonio, TX - Dr Decherd has great bedside manner. Easy to talk to and ask questions. He is an amazing surgeon."- K. / RealSelf / Jul 05, 2015
"He did an excellent job on the bags under my eyes. Staff is very nice and helpful."- C.D. / Facebook / Nov 09, 2019
"After interviewing several plastic surgeons in San Antonio, TX I chose Dr. Michael Decherd. His whole staff made me feel special as soon as I walked in; professional, courteous, & totally knowledgeable. After my Upper Facial Rejuvenation & Blepharoplasty I finally looked like I felt...39yrs old & holding! In addition, the after care & followups truly astound & amaze me. I am completely grateful & couldn't be more satisfied. Check out my facebook photos....Sincerely, Monica Monocsek"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Aug 27, 2013
"love my doctor! - San Antonio, TX - I am extremely pleased with my results! I am 53 years old, but was looking like I was in my 60's. I had smoked for 40 years and had also been under a great deal of stress for most of my married life (33 years). My goal was to get rid of the jowls and to look less haggered. Dr. Michael Decherd at the San Antonio Plastic Surgery Institute did a facelift, necklift, and upper and lower bleph. I look fabulous and I feel fabulous! I feel like he gave me all of my missing time back. His bedside manner is wonderful and the hospital was great, as well. I was realistic about my goals and didn't expect to look 25-I just wanted to look my age. And I wanted people to stop telling me I looked tired all the time. So glad I went for it! Now I am just focusing on my skincare. Still have some healing to do on the inside, but it comes with time."- J. / RealSelf / Jun 22, 2016
"Face and Brow Lift - San Antonio, TX - I looked in several doctors even look down in Mexico but once I talked to Dr. Decherd, I was sold. He seemed to really listen and spent a long time with me helping me chose the right surgery for me. His price was reasonable so I went for it. I am only on day 4, so still lots of swelling. Not much pain per se, but the discomfort is tiresome. The dr office has called me on 2 or 3 occasions just to see how I was. I am glad I chose the doctor I did."- D. / RealSelf / Oct 03, 2012
Eyelid Surgery Surgical Considerations
Eyelid surgery can improve the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is important for patients to find a skilled surgeon who can remove excess skin, fat and tissue from the eyelids while minimizing visible scarring and creating beautifully aesthetic results. During an upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made within the natural folds of the lid. For a lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made inside the lower eyelid or along the lower lash line. The surgeon will close the incision with sutures, and the scar will remain hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids.
Eyelid Surgery During/After Surgery
As an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia in our surgery center, blepharoplasty can last up to 2 hours if both the upper and lower eyelids are being corrected. After surgery, the eyes and the surrounding area will be swollen and bruised. Some patients may experience mild pain; however, the surgeon will provide post-operative care instructions with directions for ice packs and medicated eye ointment. Although the recovery process can be rigorous, patients find it a small inconvenience to pay for beautiful, younger-looking results.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
What Does It Correct?
Many patients question whether eyelid surgery can correct other facial wrinkles and sagging, such as crow's feet. An eyelid tuck removes puffy bags and excess, loose skin, which may help with crow's feet by extension. Although, if a patient's main concern is to correct crow’s feet, eyelid surgery may not be the best option. Injectable fillers, wrinkle relaxers and other facial cosmetic procedures, such as a browlift, are better at helping to eliminate crow’s feet.
Yes, some patients may experience mild irritation after surgery. If the patient experiences this side effect, the surgeon can recommend ointments and eye drops to help ease any discomfort. The surgeon also recommends patients wear dark sunglasses to protect their eyes from wind and sun irritation for the first several months after surgery.
Some men and women have impaired vision from the excess tissue and skin in their upper and lower eyelids. Those patients choose to undergo eyelid surgery to improve their vision, regain normal eyesight and achieve a rejuvenated appearance. It's important for patients to find a skilled surgeon that can perform this surgery without further damaging a patient's vision or eyes.
What Does This Cost?
The cost for eyelid surgery varies on whether both the upper and lower eyelids are being corrected. A full eyelid tuck (which includes both the upper and lower eyelids) will cost more than an upper or lower eyelid surgery alone. On average, a full blepharoplasty can cost between $3,000 and $7,000. If the patient is undergoing eyelid surgery to improve their vision, medical insurance may cover some of the surgical expenses.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
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