At Beautiful Eyes in Wichita, KS, we know that excess skin around the eye area can make you feel much older than you are. If the aging process, genetics, or other conditions have led to sagging and drooping skin around your eyes, we want to let you know that we have a solution that can help. We are proud to offer eyelid surgery, an effective procedure that will restore youth to your eyes, improve your vision, and give you the most beautiful eyes possible.
How Long Does It Take to Recover After Eyelid Surgery?
With every elective surgery comes a recovery period, and eyelid surgery is no different. Once you undergo eyelid surgery, you will immediately begin the recovery process. The total length of time that it takes to recover from this procedure varies from patient to patient based on their general health, age, and the type of procedure performed.
Additionally, your commitment to the recovery process and your willingness to follow all of the aftercare instructions also play a part in the length of your recovery. It can also affect how quickly your body heals. When you follow the necessary aftercare instructions, and get the proper rest and nutrition, you can rest assured that you will have the best possible outcome and will be able to enjoy your youthful-looking eye area as soon as possible.
The Recovery Process
After your surgery is complete, we will take some standard measures before discharging you and sending you home. We may apply anointment to the area to keep the skin from becoming too dry and bandages to the surrounding area as needed. Then, you will return home and rest. You will need someone to drive you home since the procedure requires that you receive general anesthesia for its duration.
Once you return home, you should begin testing as soon as possible. Enlisting help at home before your procedure is the best way to avoid having to check things off your to-do list when you really should be spending that time resting and recovering. We may prescribe you medication to help ensure optimal comfort during the recovery process. Taking this medication as directed will help promote the best recovery possible.
Taking Care of Your Eyelids
During your recovery process, you will need to keep your head elevated any time you lie down. You will also need to hold cold compresses on your eyelids to help promote healing. Since you may spend the first part of the recovery process resting your eyes, you should have music, podcasts, or audiobooks on hand that you can listen to during this time. This will give your mind something to focus on during rest periods as your eyes heal.
You may need to administer eye drops to your eyes during the first few weeks post-op. Following these instructions is a temporary requirement, but doing so will help you heal as quickly as possible. Before we discharge you, we will provide you with all of the instructions you need regarding medications and the application of eye drops.
Attending Follow-Up Visits
Once your procedure is over, we won’t just wish you well and send you on your way. We will schedule regular follow-up visits to check your eyelids and ensure that they are healing well. We will monitor your progress during the recovery period, remove any stitches that were put in during your procedure and answer any questions you may have or address any concerns about your recovery.
If you are faced with a question or concern, you can feel free to contact our office. Our experienced staff members will help provide you with the answers you need. We will walk with you through this entire process, from your initial consultation to your final follow-up appointment. Even after that appointment, we will always be here, ready to answer each and every question you may have.
The Eye Surgery Process
To begin this process, you will undergo an initial consultation at our office. Before scheduling eyelid surgery to address the appearance of your eyes and help you reach your aesthetic goals, we will need to examine your eyelids and eyes in person. We will review your medical history, discuss any health conditions you may have, and ask about any vision issues. Once we confirm that you are a candidate for this procedure, we will develop your treatment plan.
Different techniques can be used during eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of the eye area. We will discuss these different techniques during your consultation and help choose the best one for your needs. We will also talk about anesthesia, your procedure cost, and your ultimate goals.
The Different Techniques
We can take different approaches to eyelid surgery because every patient is different. Some patients want to address their upper eyelids, others want to change the appearance of their lower eyelids, and others want to address both areas. We can combine different techniques to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Addressing the Upper Eyelids
When it comes to the upper eyelids, the most common concern is excess fat and skin. Our surgeon will create a very small incision in the crease of each upper eyelid to address these issues. He will remove that extra skin as well as any extra fat tissue or muscle that is negatively affecting your appearance.
Addressing the Lower Eyelids
The most common concern among patients who want to improve their lower eyelid area relates to under-eye bags. Both extra skin and extra fat below the eyes can create a puffy-looking appearance and under-eye bags.
Typically, our surgeon will make incisions outside the lower eyelids and remove any excess muscle, skin, or fat in the area that contributes to a negative appearance. We can customize this technique to your needs and address excess fat, skin, and muscle laxity as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Blepharoplasty?
The technical term for eyelid surgery is blepharoplasty. This is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the eye area and reduce sagging skin resulting from genetics or the aging process. Some patients choose this procedure simply to address aesthetic concerns, while others choose it to address impaired vision. The skin around the eyes can sag and droop to the point that it impedes one’s vision, yet this procedure can restore vision and improve clarity.
What Does It Treat?
This procedure treats excess skin, fatty tissue, and muscle laxity resulting in an unattractive appearance of the eyes. It can also tighten the area, remove excess skin on the upper eyelids, and repair the under-eye area, especially when defined by excess skin and eye bags. It opens up the eyes, improves the vision that has suffered due to excess skin, and can increase one’s confidence in their appearance.
How Long Is the Procedure?
The total length of this procedure varies from one patient to the next. Different factors affect the length of the procedure, including the areas that need to be addressed, which techniques are used, and the severity of the patient’s condition. Those who choose to improve the appearance of both their upper and lower eyelids will endure a longer procedure. That being said, most patients will be in surgery anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
How Long Will My Results Last?
This procedure is intended to permanently improve the condition of the eyes. However, the aging process cannot be stopped, and because your face will change in the years following your procedure, you can expect the results from this procedure to last up to 15 years. If your eyes change to the degree that you are unhappy with their appearance, you may benefit from an additional eyelid procedure down the road.
How Can I Make My Results Last Longer?
Living a healthy lifestyle and caring for the skin around your eyes is the best way to prolong the results of this procedure. Once your procedure is complete, and your eyelids are healed, you should apply high-quality sunscreen daily. Additionally, you can protect your eye area by wearing sunglasses every time you are exposed to the sun.
Investing in a high-quality eye cream as well as other anti-aging skincare products specially designed for the eyes will help keep your tissues youthful and healthy. From eye creams to serums to moisturizing eye gel pads, there are many different products that you can apply daily or weekly to your eye area to keep the area moisturized, hydrated, and protected from the aging process.
Scheduling other cosmetic treatments designed to improve the eye area can also help improve and maintain your appearance. Injectables like Botox can relax the muscles around the eyes to help prevent new wrinkles and temporarily erase old ones. Other non-invasive treatments like chemical peels and other treatments designed to improve the skin in this area will go a long way in helping you maintain your results for the longest amount of time.
Will My Vision Improve?
If sagging skin around your eyes and on your eyelids has begun to impair your vision, this procedure will address this concern. The benefit of eyelid surgery is that it can both improve aesthetic and vision-related concerns. However, it will only improve your vision if excess skin around the eyes is the reason for your vision problems.
It cannot improve vision loss that has resulted from glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, occlusions, or other medical problems unrelated to excess skin. A visit with your eye doctor is the best way to confirm that excess skin around the eyes is the primary cause of your vision loss.
Am I a Candidate?
If you want to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance around your eyes or improve your vision, or both, blepharoplasty may be the solution you’ve been looking for. The ideal candidates for this procedure understand the importance of following the aftercare instructions.
They also want to address excess skin, fat, or muscle laxity around their eyes or want to improve their vision that has suffered from excess skin in this area. During a consultation, we will confirm that this procedure is right for you, and then we will take every measure possible to help you reach all of your aesthetic goals.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
We want to help increase your confidence, and if addressing the area around your eyes will help do that, we are here and ready to walk through this process with you. To learn more information about eyelid surgery, contact us at Beautiful Eyes in Wichita, KS today and schedule your initial consultation with one of our experts to learn more about how you can get beautiful eyes.