Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The skin around the eyes and eyelids is very delicate and can show signs of aging much sooner than skin in other areas of the face. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can help you correct drooping upper eyelids, under-eye bags, and other eyelid imperfections. During a consultation, one of our Kansas City facial plastic surgeons can evaluate the appearance of your eyes and recommend a customized surgical approach that will address your areas of concern for a more youthful, refreshed look. The ultimate goal of eyelid surgery is always to achieve natural-looking results that enhance your appearance rather than change it.

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

A custom-tailored eyelid lift can address several signs of visible aging on both the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can include:

  • Removal and/or recontouring of fat deposits
  • Conservative removal of excess skin
  • Tightening of the skin and/or muscles

The cosmetic benefits of eyelid surgery can have a significant effect on your overall facial appearance. With a few small surgical revisions to your eyelids, you can look like a more refreshed and youthful version of yourself. The blepharoplasty procedure can offer:

  • Incision scars hidden in the natural eyelid crease or along the lash line
  • Restoration of your natural upper eyelid contour
  • A brighter, more energized appearance
  • Smoother contour above and below the eyes
  • Reduction in puffiness around the eyes

Eyelid surgery can be performed alone or in combination with other facial plastic surgery procedures like a facelift to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Eyelid Lift Procedure

The technique used for your eyelid surgery will depend upon the cosmetic improvements you desire to achieve. Your surgeon will explain his surgical plan before the procedure so that you understand exactly what will be taking place. For enhancements to the upper eyelids, your surgeon will hide your incision within the natural crease. Through this incision, he can access fat deposits for resculpting and muscles that may need to be tightened. Excess skin can then be trimmed away, and the remaining skin can be smoothed and tightened. For the lower lids, the incision is made along the lower lashline. This incision allows for removal of fat deposits, adjustments to musculature, and tightening of the skin. An eyelid lift is an outpatient procedure, which means you will be able to return home the same day of surgery.

What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery

After surgery, swelling and bruising around the eyes is common for the first few days. During this time, it is important to ice your eyes and keep the head elevated to promote proper healing. Typically, patients are able to return to work after about a week. Our surgeons advise patients to refrain from strenuous activities and exercise for the first few weeks following surgery.

Results of Eyelid Surgery

After about one to two months, the full results of your procedure will be visible. This estimation can fluctuate depending on the extent of your eyelid procedure and whether it was performed in conjunction with other surgeries. Many patients report looking younger after their surgery and say they would recommend an eyelid lift to anyone seeking to regain a more youthful appearance. Patients often say friends and colleagues do not even notice they had surgery, instead remarking that they look well-rested, happy, and refreshed.

Contact Our Practice

For more information about eyelid surgery, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled facial plastic surgeons.