Eyelid Surgery Description
Cosmetic eyelid surgery (technically known as blepharoplasty) is a surgical procedure to improve the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.
Also considered “eyelift” surgery, the procedure can help patients treat upper eyelids with excess, drooping skin, or eyes that look tired due to puffiness or bags.
To create a firmer upper eyelid contour, an incision is made within the natural crease of the upper eyelid tightening the muscles and tissue, repositioning the fat deposits and/or removing excess skin. To improve the lower eyelid, an incision is made tightening sagging muscles, redistributing fat and removing excess skin.
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Eyelid Surgery Benefits
Cosmetic eyelid surgery can:
- Offer dramatic improvement in the upper and lower eyelids and surrounding regions
- Enhance your entire facial look with one facial plastic surgery by combining your eyelid procedure with a facelift and neck lift
- Create a better-defined eyelid and smoothing the surrounding region results in an alert and rejuvenated appearance
- Treat bags under the eyes, droopiness of the lower eyelids, and puffiness in the upper eyelids
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
You will begin the process with a doctor consultation where you will be asked many questions to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Medical history, family history, allergies and surgery risks are a few examples of topics that will be discussed during consultation.
Lab testing, medications and reviewing anesthesia options are also completed as part of procedure preparation.
If you are considering eyelid surgery it is essential to disclose if you have any eye diseases such as glaucoma, thyroid diseases such as Graves’ disease and/or cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, circulatory disease or diabetes.
The procedure will be conducted at a licensed surgical center in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Eyelid Surgery FAQ
HOW DO I KNOW I AM A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR COSMETIC EYELID SURGERY?
We recommend our patients be in good health and non-smokers to ensure successful healing. Ideal eyelid surgery candidates are men or women adults who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area.
If you are interested in removing crows’ feet or repositioning your eyebrow, you may want to consider a brow lift in conjunction with your eyelid surgery.
HOW LONG WILL COSMETIC EYELID SURGERY RECOVERY TAKE?
Following all doctors’ instructions is essential to successful recovery.
Once your surgery is completed, you must keep your head elevated all times until initial swelling has subsided and to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from bright light, sun and wind.
Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eye and discomfort that be controlled through medication, cold compresses and ointment. You will need someone to drive you home following the procedure and stay with you the first night.
A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery. Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days at which time you my resume wearing contact lenses.
WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS?
Your final results will appear over time, generally within several weeks. It may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine. Diligent sun protection and consistent use of darkly tinted sunglasses is essential.
WILL MY NEW “LOOK” LAST FOREVER?
While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection including the use of sunscreen and sunglasses will help to maintain your results.
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