Eyelid surgery, known formally as blepharoplasty, is among the most commonly performed facial cosmetic procedures. At Aesthetic Surgical Arts/Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, KS, we get a lot of questions about this procedure, including if it can make your eyes look bigger. Today, we’re answering three of our most frequently asked questions, including whether this procedure makes your eyes look bigger to help you determine if it is right for you.
Can Eyelid Surgery Make Your Eyes Look Bigger?
Yes. Double eyelid surgery (upper and lower blepharoplasty) can make your eyes look bigger by excising excess skin around the eyes and lifting sagging skin. However, there are a couple of crucial things you must understand.
First, no procedure can actually make your eyes bigger. We can only make your eyes appear bigger. Second, you may only need upper blepharoplasty to make your eyes look bigger if your lower lids have not aged as much as your upper eyelids.
What Are Some Other Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?
Another reason to choose blepharoplasty to improve the appearance of your upper eyelids is how durable the results of the procedure are. Individual results vary, but you can typically expect the results of upper blepharoplasty to last five to seven years. The results of lower blepharoplasty typically last a lifetime.
This is in stark contrast to alternative sagging eyelid solutions. Most anti-aging treatments, if they are effective at lifting sagging skin, cannot be safely used around the eyes. The few options that can be used around the eyes to lift sagging eyelid skin last mere months. Even the most durable treatments don’t last years.
A More Alert and Rested Appearance
One of the most common reasons people consider eyelid surgery is that the procedure allows you to look more alert and rested. The skin above your upper eyelids is some of the thinnest skin on your body and is one of the first areas to age. Upper blepharoplasty tightens the sagging upper eyelid skin, and excess eyelid skin can be removed if necessary.
Lower blepharoplasty also helps you look more alert and rested. One of the problems addressed by lower blepharoplasty is dark circles beneath the eyes. These dark circles are difficult to conceal with makeup and do not go away, even when you are well-rested.
Another incredibly common reason why people consider eyelid surgery is that they have a poor field of vision. People often go decades without vision problems and slowly find themselves with deteriorating vision. Often, this is due to upper eyelid skin sagging so far that the field of vision becomes smaller; there is no problem with the eyes’ ability to see.
Improving your vision through upper blepharoplasty or combination blepharoplasty will drastically increase your quality of life. You will be able to read your favorite books without having to struggle to see. You will be able to drive safely and watch your favorite movies. More importantly, improved vision reduces your risk of falling and fracturing a bone. If you’ve recently noticed your vision is poor, don’t delay. Schedule an appointment to see if blepharoplasty is appropriate.
We all have our own method of counteracting the appearance of facial aging. Many people use makeup contouring to hide the appearance of sagging upper eyelid skin. If you’ve used this technique for a while now, you may not even notice the several extra minutes it takes you to do your makeup anymore. However, you will be amazed after your procedure with how much more enjoyable your morning tea or coffee is when you have several extra minutes.
If you undergo blepharoplasty to make your eyes look bigger and eliminate your need for makeup contouring, you will also benefit from more options. Your makeup choices aren’t limited to colors that minimize the appearance of sagging upper eyelid skin.
After upper blepharoplasty, you have the freedom to use any colors you want. Even better, you will have the self-confidence to draw attention to your upper eyelids with bold colors that reflect your vibrant personality.
Makeup contouring can do a great deal to improve your self-confidence. However, the question is often in the back of your mind, does my makeup still look right. You may also wonder to yourself whether you did a good enough job and people think you look alert and friendly. After blepharoplasty, you won’t have to worry about whether your makeup contouring job was adequate.
You may even wake up some days and choose to not apply eyeshadow, letting your natural beauty shine. Your self-confidence will be apparent to everyone, and people are more likely to talk to you when you appear open and friendly. Even better, you won’t have to worry about how small or large your eyes look when your friends want to take spontaneous pictures with you.
More Positive Social Interactions
Another incredible benefit of blepharoplasty is you won’t have to explain to people that you are not in a bad mood. It is often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and your eyes are often the first feature that people notice about you. Unfortunately, even if you’re not in a bad mood, sagging eyelid skin can make you look upset, angry, tired, frustrated or disinterested.
Lifting sagging eyelid skin, removing excess eyelid skin and making your eyes look larger will also make you look friendlier. You won’t have to go out of your way to smile and make sure your eyes look excited and interested. You will be able to be yourself and make your normal facial expressions while conveying the emotions you feel. Furthermore, when people perceive you as friendly, they will approach you in a friendly manner.
The Procedure Is Customizable
When people hear “blepharoplasty,” they most often think of upper eyelid surgery. This is due, in part, to the fact that the upper eyelids are among the first places to reveal the signs of aging because of the thinness of the upper eyelid skin. However, as stated previously, blepharoplasty can refer to a combination of upper and lower eyelid correction.
Furthermore, if both your upper and lower eyelids are sagging and making your eyes appear smaller, there’s a good chance that other parts of your face are also showing signs of aging. Luckily, this customizable procedure can easily be combined with other procedures, like a forehead (brow) lift to further rejuvenate the face.
A Short Recovery Period
Another incredibly exciting thing about this procedure is how short the recovery period is. If you’re only looking to lift sagging upper eyelid skin, your recovery period will only last around a week. If you combine upper and lower blepharoplasty, your recovery period is only two weeks. The best part about recovering from this procedure is that you don’t need to take two full weeks off from work.
If you receive upper blepharoplasty alone, you will need to spend seven to 10 days at home. If you receive both upper and lower blepharoplasty, you will need to spend 10 to 14 days at home. However, you will only need to spend 48 hours focusing on your recovery. If you schedule your procedure for a Friday, you can work remotely on Monday and not take any paid time off from work.
What Can I Expect After My Procedure?
What to Expect Within the First 24 Hours
During the first 24 hours after your procedure, you can expect to feel tired. You may also feel groggy, particularly on the same day as your procedure. Don’t be frustrated with yourself if you feel groggy. If you receive upper eyelid correction, you will most likely receive a local anesthetic and intravenous sedation. If you receive upper and lower eyelid correction, you will most likely receive general anesthesia.
Regardless of whether you receive general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, you will be asleep during the procedure. Feeling groggy after receiving either of these medications is perfectly normal. Don’t try to fight your feelings, even if you really want to play a video game with your significant other or watch the latest episode of your favorite TV show. Listen to your body and take a cat nap whenever you feel particularly tired.
What to Expect Three Days After Your Procedure
During the first 48 hours after your procedure, you need to apply artificial tears to your eyes to keep them moist. Starting on the third day after your procedure, you no longer have to worry about artificially moistening your eyes.
Furthermore, 72 hours after your procedure, you may wash your eyes gently with a mild facial cleanser and tepid water. During the first 48 hours after your procedure, you can take a bath or shower if you keep the skin around your eyes dry.
What You Can Expect a Week After Your Procedure
During the first seven days after your procedure, you should avoid taking a regular shower. We recommend taking a bath or taking a shower with the showerhead level with your chest. If you don’t want to use dry shampoo to clean your hair for a week, you can take a birdbath in the bathroom sink. We recommend having someone help you with this so you don’t accidentally splash water in your eyes. Eight days post-op, you can shower again.
What to Expect Two Weeks After Your Procedure
Two weeks after your procedure, you can return to your normal life. You may apply makeup as you usually would (or experiment with new, bold eyeshadow colors). You are also free to return to the office for work if you received upper and lower blepharoplasty.
There are only a couple of exceptions. First, it is not safe for you to consume alcohol or tobacco products yet. While your skin has healed sufficiently, it has not healed completely two weeks after your procedure. You must wait another month before you start drinking alcohol again. Furthermore, you should wait another month before you start engaging in strenuous exercise. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Discover if Double Blepharoplasty Is Right for You Today
A combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery can make your eyes look bigger. Combination blepharoplasty also provides many other benefits, including the ability to spend less time putting on makeup and having more makeup options. If you’d like to learn more about this durable, versatile, life-changing procedure, please contact us now at Aesthetic Surgical Arts/Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, KS to book an appointment.