More than any other facial feature, your eyes are the most revealing. When someone first meets you, your eyes are the first things that they notice. Puffy, drooping eyelids can interfere with your vision and make you look tired. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can remove the excess fat and drooping skin of the eyelids, giving a more alert and rested appearance.
If you have cosmetic and vision concerns with sagging eyelids, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon in Kansas City today at (913) 341-2188 to schedule your consultation. Advanced Cosmetic Surgery specializes in facial plastic surgeries and provides several options for relieving tired eyes.
Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgeries are performed on men and women of all ages who want to improve their appearance. These surgeries are usually performed to minimize the effects of aging on the eyes and face. The best candidates are in good overall health and have one or more of these problems:
Upper Eyelid Surgery
- Excess skin hiding the natural fold
- Skin hanging over the eyelid margin
- Puffiness of the upper eyelid
Lower Eyelid Surgery
- Excess skin and wrinkles of the lower eyelids
- Puffy bags under the eyes
- Sagging lower eyelids
In addition to its cosmetic benefits, eyelid surgery can improve some medical problems that affect the eyelids and need to be taken into consideration including:
- Thyroid problems
- Abnormally dry eyes
- Glaucoma or detached retina
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
How your eyelid surgery is performed depends on whether you’re addressing the upper or lower eyelids, and the procedure is customized to suit your cosmetic or medical needs. Upper eyelid surgery involves an incision made along the natural lid crease about one-third of an inch above your eyelashes. Our skilled facial plastic surgeon will remove excess skin tissue, muscle, and fat. The scar is camouflaged well within the crease of your eyelid when you’ve healed.
For lower eyelid surgery, an incision is typically made just beneath the eyelashes, so Dr. Young can remove excess skin and fat. Occasionally the fat is not removed and instead repositions in areas of hollowness. If only fat is being removed, it can sometimes be done with an incision inside the lower lid called a “transconjunctival blepharoplasty.”
Eyelid surgery is often combined with other facial plastic surgeries such as a brow lift or facelift.
Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home afterward, but you’ll need a loved one to take you home and help you get settled. You may have bruising and swelling early on, and it’s common to have increased swelling a day and a half after surgery. Using ice packs over the eyelids for the first 24-48 hours can help with this inflammation as well as keeping your head elevated. Saline eye drops can help with dry eyes, and Dr. Young may give you an antibiotic ointment to apply twice a day over the incision. Otherwise, the area should remain clean and dry.
Our patients come into Advanced Cosmetic Surgery for several visits—consultation, pre-operative, post-operative, and follow up care. Dr. Young will have you come in the day after your eyelid surgery to check on your healing process. Eyelid sutures are usually removed in about three days. Around two weeks after the surgery, most, if not all, swelling and bruising should subside.
Schedule Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation in Kansas City
If you’re interested in upper or lower eyelid surgery or have questions about cosmetic facial surgeries, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon in Kansas City today at (913) 341-2188 to schedule your consultation. Advanced Plastic Surgery serves patients in surrounding areas of Missouri and Kansas including Overland Park and Leawood.