Blepharoplasty

Eyelid Rejuvenation (Blepharoplasty) in San Antonio at the Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery

What are your tired eyes trying to tell you? If you haven’t caught enough ZZZs lately, an exhausted appearance may be a sign that you need more sleep. However, if you are sleeping and breathing well, yet still look tired, you may be a good candidate for a specialized type of eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty. Refresh your tired-looking eyes with Dr. Jose Barrera, a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

Dr. Barrera is one of the top surgeons in blepharoplasty in the San Antonio area. He has published more than 70 articles relating to his medical specialties of plastic surgery, sleep medicine, and head and neck surgery.

Management of the lower lid is a particular specialty of Dr. Barrera. He has published his work on rejuvenation of the lower eyelid blepharoplasty in men in Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America. 

A thorough evaluation of the lower eyelid and tear trough is critical in the workup of the eyelid patient. An expert in eyelid procedures, Dr. Barrera can evaluate and treat patients with transconjunctival skin muscle flap and eyelid skin abnormalities and address displaced orbital fat and excessive skin of the upper and lower eyelids.

Your eyes are unique and you probably and have specific questions about your aesthetic goals. Get your questions answered when you call us at 210-468-5426.  A consultation at the Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery gives Dr. Barrera the best chance to evaluate your eyes and make the most personalized recommendations.

Understanding Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, also called an eyelid lift, is a cosmetic surgery that improves the appearance of the upper or lower eyelids. It can remove excess skin, fat bags under the eyes, pouches, drooping eyelids, and wrinkles around the eyes. Loose and sagging skin around the eye can leave a patient appearing tired or angry. An eyelid lift restores a rested and relaxed facial appearance.

In 2018, more than 200,000 men and women in the U.S. underwent this procedure. Blepharoplasty can enhance the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or most commonly, both eyelids together. Eyelid surgery offers long-lasting results.

Transconjunctival blepharoplasty avoids a skin incision by hiding the scar in the conjunctiva of the lower eyelid. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be a benefit for patient’s with excessive eyelid bags.

Dr. Barrera often pairs an eyelid lift with facelift or brow lift. An expert at brow lift surgery, Dr. Barrera offers hairline browlift, endoscopic browlift, lateral browlift, and male browlifts for heavy brows.

Many patients experience vision obstruction due to loosening skin that hangs over the eye. An eyelid lift removes this drooping skin, restoring a full field of vision. A browlift may be necessary to complement blepharoplasty surgery.

If you’re considering this procedure, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation to learn more about your options for facial rejuvenation.

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Your Eyelid Lift Consultation

Like all our plastic surgery procedures, eyelid surgery begins with a consultation. Schedule yours by calling Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery at 210-468-5426 or filling out our online form.

Our consultations are a collaborative experience. Patients partner with Dr. Barrera to create a plan for facial rejuvenation. Come ready to learn, and if you are compiling questions, write them down and bring the list. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you discover the path to a younger, revitalized eye appearance.

  • Safety is our priority. We’ll review your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for this procedure. If you have glaucoma or dry eyes, Dr. Barrera may need further information from your ophthalmologist before clearing you for surgery.
  • Some patients benefit from additional procedures. Dr. Barrera may recommend other facial cosmetic treatments, like brow lift surgery or laser rejuvenation, to enhance your results. Depending on your needs, Dr. Barrera may recommend laser eyelid surgery, a minimally invasive treatment that offers quicker healing. CO2 laser resurfacing complements an eyelid lift by removing stubborn eyelid wrinkles and creasing.
  • We know cost is important to you. You’ll sit down with one of our patient care coordinators to discuss cost, payment, and financing options. Our estimates are clear and comprehensive, ensuring no unexpected costs when it comes time to pay for surgery.
  • Preparation sets the stage for a successful procedure. You’ll get the information you need to schedule time off from work and arrange for help during the recovery process.
  • Meet the team. Dr. Barrera believes in a team-focused approach to treatment. In addition to receiving expert care from our board-certified and dual fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon, you’ll also work with our dedicated physician assistants and associate surgeons. Using a team gives our patients better access to the care they need when they need it. You’ll meet key members of our team during your consultation with us.
  • Information is power. We don’t sugarcoat the surgical or recovery process. Learn about the risks and benefits of eyelid surgery so you can make an informed choice about your care.

Give us a call and schedule your visit Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery.

What Happens During an Eyelid Rejuvenation Surgery?

Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both eyelids together. The specifics of your procedure will depend on your needs. We can provide more detailed and personalized information about your surgery during your consultation.

Eyelid surgery incisions are well-hidden. Upper eyelid incisions are typically placed in the natural crease of the eyelid. When your eyes are open, the incision isn’t visible at all. Lower blepharoplasty incisions are placed along the lash line where they are easily hidden by the eyelashes.

Dr. Barrera will use the incisions to tighten tissues, remove skin, and reposition fat deposits, as needed. The incisions are closed with sutures

Eyelid surgery is often paired with laser treatments, to improve skin quality and discoloration, and brow surgery, to enhance the appearance of the eyebrow area. If these complementary procedures are happening on the same day, we’ll perform additional procedures before you move into recovery.

After surgery, patients spend some time in our recovery suite. You’ll be carefully monitored by an experienced surgical nurse and your every need attended to until you’re ready to return home, usually a couple of hours after surgery.

Recovery After Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Plan on experiencing some bruising, swelling, and tenderness after eyelid surgery. Elevating the head and using cold compresses can reduce the amount of swelling and bruising experienced. We provide a prescription for pain medication to reduce discomfort.

Get back on your feet faster! Adding Arnica with Bromelain can enhance recovery and minimize bruising. Arnica and Bromelain is a natural biotanical combination that is well suited for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as eyelift surgery and browlift. Arnica Montana reduces bruising, swelling, and pain associated with soft tissue haling. Sublingual tablets dissolve rapidly without leaving a chalky taste. Make sure to pick up Arnica and bromelain at Rejuve MD MedSpa, our personalized Surgical MedSpa.

During recovery, we ask patients to rest as much as possible. Rest helps the body to heal. Do not use contact lenses or eye makeup until you’re cleared by Dr. Barrera.

Dry eye symptoms are a common issue for patients after eyelid surgery. Make sure to use over the counter eye lubricants to keep moisture in the eye. In addition, Dr. Barrera may prescribe additional ointment for your eyes and eyelid skin incisions.

Most of our patients take about a week off from work. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least three weeks.

If you have questions or concerns, let us know. Our team is ready to support you throughout the blepharoplasty recovery process. You’ll meet with us several times during recovery, so we can check in on your progress, and see your beautiful new look as you heal.

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Laser Eyelid Surgery: An Alternate Option

During your consultation Dr. Barrera will perform a detailed assessment and review your aesthetic goals for eyelid rejuvenation. Based on his evaluation, Dr. Barrera may recommend laser eyelid surgery. During laser eyelid surgery, the incision is made with a CO2 fractional laser rather than a scalpel, facilitating a faster and more comfortable recovery. Dr. Barrera is experienced with using the Lumenis Laser system which includes the AcuPulse™ and UltraPulse™ as well as the Syneron Candela CO2RE laser. Laser eyelid resurfacing is often performed during laser blepharoplasty to complement the results.

Dr. Jose Barrera, Blepharoplasty Expert in San Antonio, Texas

Eyelid surgery is a delicate procedure, requiring a skilled plastic surgeon for the youthful and natural-looking results you desire. Dr. Barrera is a skilled plastic surgeon with the exacting qualifications needed for a successful eyelid lift, having performed this procedure on countless men and women in the San Antonio area. A former Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, Dr. Barrera has earned board certification with the American Boards of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As a facial plastic surgeon and an expert in cosmetic eyelid surgery, Dr. Barrera was named top doctor in eyelid surgery by RealSelf.com, the premier resource for learning about cosmetic surgery online. 

Come into Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Barrera. You can schedule your one-on-one visit to our practice by calling us at 210-468-5426. Come explore this procedure, learn about your options, and prepare for a freshly rejuvenated face.