Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

What is 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 that exhibit visible signs of facial aging. 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.

What Can Eyelid Surgery Do For Me?

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 or brow lift to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

What are the Different Types of Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty can target the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both simultaneously. While there are typically different concerns in each region that can warrant the desire for aesthetic enhancement, eyelid surgery is generally performed with the goal of rejuvenating the eyes and yielding a more rested appearance.

Upper Blepharoplasty

Over time, the skin, fat, and musculature above the eyes can become lax and cause a congregation of excess tissue in the upper eyelids. This can be a telltale sign of age, as well as a functional concern when redundant skin enters a patient’s line of vision and partially obstructs their eyesight. Upper eyelid surgery is designed to tighten the excess skin and loose musculature causing ptosis (drooping) while repositioning fatty deposits to minimize the look of puffiness. This can smooth fine lines and wrinkles, diminish fat buildup, and provide a younger-looking aesthetic in the upper face.

Lower Blepharoplasty

In the lower eyelids, protruding fat and skin laxity can lead to puffy eyes and under-eye bags that create the look of constant stress and fatigue. To restore a more energetic and alert aesthetic, lower blepharoplasty is designed to remove and reposition bulging fat while tightening the skin and supportive musculature. This can reduce baggy eyelids as well as dark circles for a brighter, more rested appearance.

Ultimately, the eyelid surgery procedure is customized to enhance the contours of the eyes and reinvigorate a tired aesthetic. Drs. Kriet or Humphrey can help you determine the most optimal treatment plan to achieve your cosmetic goals during a consultation.

How is the Eyelid Lift Procedure Performed?

The technique used for your eyelid surgery will depend upon the cosmetic improvements you wish to achieve. Dr. J. David Kriet or Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey will explain your 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 the incision within the natural crease. Through this incision, he can access fat deposits that require resculpting and muscles that may need to be tightened. Excess skin can then be trimmed away, while the remaining skin can be smoothed and tightened. For the lower lids, the incision is made along the lower lashline. This incision allows for the 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 on the same day of surgery.

What is Recovery Like 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.

What are the 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 that friends and colleagues do not notice they had surgery, instead remarking that they look well-rested, happy, and refreshed.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

Like many surgical procedures, the cost of eyelid surgery is contingent on the exact details of your treatment plan. For some patients, an insurance policy may provide partial or full coverage for the surgery if lax eyelid tissue is obstructing their vision, a circumstance known as upper eyelid “hooding.” In helping you gauge the potential expense of this cosmetic procedure, we have outlined a number of factors that can affect the total cost estimate, such as:

  • Hospital and lab fees
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Surgeon’s fees
  • The geographic location where the procedure is performed

Furthermore, the complexity of your personalized enhancement will be the primary determinant of the final cost. In general, the cost of upper and lower blepharoplasty performed together is greater than the cost of each surgery as a stand-alone procedure. However, pursuing upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery simultaneously can be less expensive than undergoing both procedures as separate operations.

Ultimately, the final cost estimate will be thoroughly explained before the start of any treatment once your unique considerations are known. To ensure we are accommodating the diverse needs of our patients, we accept a variety of payment methods and financing options. Drs. Kriet and Humphrey work with CareCredit®, a highly reputable health care financing company that offers qualified applicants a wide range of low- to no-interest programs to suit your budgetary concerns. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our practice and speak to a member of our team today.

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