Avila Plastic Surgery
Rafael Avila, MD
Plastic Surgeon located in Mission, TX
When your eyelids droop, and you have deep bags under your eyes, it adds years to your face. But with Dr. Rafael Avila, you can turn back the hands of time and restore your eyelids to a more youthful appearance. At Avila Plastic Surgery in Mission, Texas, Dr. Avila performs eyelid surgery for both cosmetic and functional purposes. Call the office today to see if you’re a candidate for the procedure or go online to book your initial consultation.
Eyelid Surgery Q & A
Who needs eyelid surgery?
People opt for eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, to improve the appearance of drooping eyelids and sagging skin around the eyes. Dr. Avila can perform eyelid surgery on your upper lids, lower lids, or both.
Sometimes eyelid surgery is done for cosmetic reasons to make your face appear more youthful. Other times, eyelid surgery corrects functional problems that arise when eyelid droop impacts your vision.
Dr. Avila can treat the following issues with eyelid surgery:
- Sagging skin or folds that change the contour of your eyes
- Puffiness caused by fatty deposits
- Bags under your eyes
- Drooping lower lids that allow the white of your eye to show
- Loose skin and fine lines around your lower lids
What happens during eyelid surgery?
Dr. Avila performs eyelid surgery with the patient under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. After administering the medication, he makes incisions around your eyelids. He places these incisions so that the scars, while minimal, are hidden in the natural structure of your face.
If Dr. Avila performs surgery on your upper eyelid, he makes the incision on the eyelid crease. He then eliminates fat deposits, tightens the muscles, and removes the excess skin before closing the incision.
For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Avila makes the incision below your lash line. Again, he removes excess fat and tightens the skin before closing the incision.
If you don’t have a lot of excess skin beneath your eye, Dr. Avila may make the incision on the inside of the lower eyelid. He repositions or removes any excess fat, but doesn't remove any skin.
What is recovery like after eyelid surgery?
After your eyelid surgery, your eyes swell and bruise and may feel dry and irritated. Dr. Avila may recommend using a lubricating ointment and cold compresses to reduce symptoms and discomfort.
In some cases, he may temporarily wrap gauze around your head and eyes. It’s also necessary to protect your eyes and eyelids from the sun after eyelid surgery. Wear dark-tinted sunglasses every time you go outside until your eyes have healed.
Dr. Avila provides you with specific instructions on post-surgical care.
Within 10-14 days, you can resume your normal activities. In the next few months, as your eyelids heal, a well-defined eyelid emerges that’s surround by smooth, uniform skin.
Call Avila Plastic Surgery or go online today to schedule your appointment.