Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This treatment rejuvenates the appearance of the eyes, making you appear more rested and alert.
As we age, our skin loses elasticity. The delicate skin of the eyes is a common area that becomes droopy, collecting fat in the lower eyelids that creates “bags.” Undereye bags make individuals appear constantly tired. Loose skin and extra fat in the upper eyelids can interfere with the mechanics of the eye, while excess tissue can inhibit peripheral vision and hinder the eye from opening all the way. Men and women who would like to improve the aesthetics of the face as well as to improve the function of the eyes are good candidates for blepharoplasty at Quinn Plastic Surgery.
- 1 About Eyelid Surgery
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Before & After Photos
- 4 Candidates
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Preparation
- 7 Procedure
- 8 Recovery
- 9 Results
- 10 Blepharoplasty Cost
- 11 FAQs
- 12 Cosmetic Surgery Vs. Plastic Surgery – What’s The Difference
About Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is often performed to alleviate ptosis. Ptosis surgery, sometimes referred to as hooded eye surgery, is when the upper eyelid droops over the eye. Ptosis surgery corrects this drooping and helps the eyes see better and appear younger. Patients who undergo eyelid surgery will look well-rested and younger.
At Quinn Plastic Surgery, your procedure will be tailored to your facial features and desired aesthetic outcome. During the procedure, incisions will be created along the eye’s natural contours.
For upper eyelid surgery, an incision will be made within the crease of the eyelid. Through this incision excess tissue will be removed and the underlying muscles tightened. The skin will be closed and allow the eye to appear tighter and smoother. In a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, an incision will be made just along the lash line. Excess skin is removed and unnecessary fat will be removed and repositioned.
These procedures can be performed individually or together. The incisions may vary based on your anatomy and what you would like to achieve with the surgery.
Whether you undergo upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both, the results will be undeniably significant!
Patients often experience a boost in confidence after the procedure because the skin around their eyes appears much smoother. A blepharoplasty at Quinn Plastic Surgery will take years off your face!
Patients who suffer from a smaller field of vision due to saggy, loose skin on their eyelids will find an improved, larger field of vision after this procedure. Specifically, blepharoplasty can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of 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
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
This treatment will improve your day-to-day life and improve your whole appearance. Your eyes are the first thing people notice about you. Eyelid surgery has the advantage of transforming your face and helping you appear rested and alert. A blepharoplasty will improve those first impressions and turn back the clock, allowing you to look and feel younger!
Before & After Photos
Eyelid surgery is usually performed on men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for the improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Good candidates for this surgery do not suffer from serious eye conditions, are non-smokers, and do not have a medical condition that would impair healing.
Men and women often seek cosmetic eye surgery to improve the overall balance and appearance of their face. Whether you are looking to improve your eyesight or transform your face, eyelid surgery can help you achieve your goals. To truly know if blepharoplasty is for you, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. John Michael Quinn today!
With plenty of experience and a caring nature, Dr. John Michael Quinn will explain the many aspects of the surgery and help you gain confidence in your decision.
In your private meeting with Dr. John Michael Quinn, you will have the opportunity to explain the concerns you have with your eyes and what you hope an eyelid surgery will accomplish. He will listen and ask about your general health, past procedures, and current medications. Dr. John Michael Quinn will also examine your eyes to gain a clear understanding of how to plan out the surgery. He will walk you through the details of the surgery including anesthetic options, the possible risks, and the expected recovery timeline. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedure, we encourage you to discuss them with him during your consultation. He has been the lead plastic surgeon at Quinn Plastic Surgery for over twenty-five years.
Together, you and Dr. John Michael Quinn will create a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and achieves your desired outcome. If you have any questions that aren’t addressed in your consultation, please give our office a call so our staff may assist you.
In the weeks leading up to your procedure, you will need to stop taking blood-thinning medications and any smoking habits will need to be paused. Arrange for rides to and from the surgery and schedule someone to stay with you for the first twenty-four hours of recovery or until you are comfortable on your own.
Designate an area in your home where you can rest comfortably without being disturbed. This procedure will cause your eyes to swell and impact your eyesight for a couple of days. Make sure you have clear walking paths where you live to make getting around simple. Along with picking up prescribed medications, pick up easy-to-prepare foods and snacks.
Get a good night’s rest before the surgery and in the morning, do not apply products to your face unless approved by Dr. John Michael Quinn.
When upper blepharoplasty is performed, Dr. John Michael Quinn makes an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid, allowing for the repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissues, and/or removal of excess skin.
In the case of a lower blepharoplasty, an incision is made below the lower lash line. Through this incision excess skin of the lower eyelid is removed. These incisions are designed for scars to be well-hidden within the natural structures of the eye region.
In some cases, an upper blepharoplasty can be covered by your insurance.
After the procedure is complete, the incisions will be closed and a bandage may be applied to your eyes.
For your best results, follow Dr. Quinn’s instructions and if you have any questions give our office a call.
Following the procedure, your eyes will be swollen and bruised. You will need to apply an ointment to keep your eyes hydrated and ice packs can be used to control swelling. Dr. John Michael Quinn will walk you through the steps of caring for your eyes. During the healing process, you will need to sleep on your back and avoid direct sunlight on your eyes. Over a few weeks, the swelling and bruising will diminish. Any discomfort will be controlled with medications and a follow-up appointment will ensure you have a healthy recovery.
Eyelid surgery produces long-lasting results! Most patients feel comfortable going out in public after about two weeks. Your final results will set in after a few months and last years! Consistent weight and healthy lifestyle will help you maintain your smooth, rejuvenated eyes.
Eyelid surgeries are customized to your appearance. Dr. John Michael Quinn will work strategically and diligently to ensure the improvements he creates improves the appearance and balance of your overall face. Because of our personalized approach, the cost of each procedure will vary.
If you are interested in either eyelid surgery or an overall eye lift transformation, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Michael Quinn today at (913) 492-3443.
Is eyelid surgery painful?
No. This procedure will be performed under anesthesia. After the procedure, your eyes may be sensitive but prescribed medications will help control any discomfort.
How dangerous is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is not considered dangerous. Dr. John Michael Quinn will not perform the surgery if he thinks it is an unhealthy option. Prior to your surgery, you will attend a consultation with Dr. John Michael Quinn. In this meeting, he will assess your health and eyes. If he deems the procedure not appropriate for you, he will suggest an alternative solution.
Can eyelid surgery be covered by insurance?
Sometimes. To know for sure if your eyelid surgery is covered, contact your insurance provider to see if you qualify for eyelid surgery.
Are you awake during eyelid surgery?
Whether you are awake through the surgery will depend on the anesthesia used and your preferences. Dr. John Michael Quinn and you will work together to create a treatment plan that is in your best interest.
How long does it take for eyelid surgery to heal?
The recovery period of each eyelid surgery will differ based on the patient, their health, and the details of their procedure. Dr. John Michael Quinn and you will discuss the recovery period and what you can expect.