It has been said that your eyes can reveal a wealth of information about how you feel; your eyes can express how you feel physically and emotionally. Unfortunately hereditary factors and the signs of aging can change the appearance of your eyes. If your upper eyelids have drooping skin that makes you look sad or angry, or you look exhausted by puffiness or bags, eyelid surgery may be right for you.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery can treat the following:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or hides the natural contour of the upper eyelid
- Excess skin that hangs down from the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored part of the eye)
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Your surgeon will give you certain preoperative care instructions. While we have included some on our website, they should not be a substitute for your physician's instructions. A facelift is sometimes performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery.
A consultation with one of the physicians at the Plastic Surgery Center is your essential first step to learn how eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your eyelids and the surrounding area. If you're ready to schedule your consultation and discuss your eyelid surgery in more detail, call us at 316.688.7500 or request your consultation online today.
What to Expect
Your surgery may be performed in our accredited ambulatory surgical suite or a hospital. The decision for anesthesia will be based on considerations of your preference as well as your surgeon's. At the Plastic Surgery Center, your safety and comfort are very important.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time and Expectations
During the healing process, you can expect some swelling, brusing, irritation and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment. You should keep your head elevated at all times until initial swelling has subsided and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Your physician will provide you with more specific post op instructions - follow them carefully. We have included some basic instructions on our website, but they should not be a substitute for your specific guidelines.
It may take 5 -10 days for your initial wound healing. You may resume work (and wearing contact lenses) after this time. Makeup can camouflage any bruising or redness that remains. Healing will continue for several more weeks
After the Eyelid Surgery
You can expect to see your final results appear over time, generally within a few weeks. It may take up to a year for your incision lines to fully fade. Your eyelid surgery can correct certain conditions permanently, but you will continue to age naturally. You should always use sun protection and wear darkly tinted sunglasses to help maintain your results. Your surgery should reveal a smooth, firm contour of your upper and/or lower eyelids while giving you a more youthful and alert appearance.