Aging and sun exposure can cause the skin around your eyes to sag and wrinkle, making you look older than you are and tired even when you feel well rested. In some cases, severely drooping lids can interfere with vision. You may also develop deep circles beneath your eyes or puffiness around your lower lids. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can correct these aesthetic and functional problems.
Dr. Vanessa Voge performs blepharoplasty for Wichita patients to restore a refreshed and youthful look to their eyes. Typically, the procedure involves revising excess skin, reducing puffiness, and replacing lost volume in hollows below the eyes. The procedure can focus on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both sets. While blepharoplasty alone can offer a significant aesthetic improvement, some patients benefit from combining the procedure with brow lift or facelift.
Why Patients Choose Dr. Voge for Blepharoplasty
As a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Voge is highly trained in facial procedures. Patients rely on her treatment for subtle and effective results that complement their natural features. In her care, you can expect that she will:
- Give you the time and attention you deserve during your consultations.
- Apply not only her surgical skill but also an artistic eye to achieve an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
- Use well-established and modern techniques that prioritize your safety.
Your Experience With Blepharoplasty
Initial Visit With Dr. Voge
The staff members at Plastic Surgical Specialists are committed to providing individualized care to each person we treat. When you arrive at our Wichita office for your initial consultation, our team will greet you warmly and help you feel welcome. We will provide a clinical specialist to guide you through the process, answering the questions you have and assisting you with any necessary paperwork. During your visit with Dr. Voge, she will:
- Ask about the changes you would like to achieve.
- Determine if your eye muscles are working properly and if excess skin on your upper lids is interfering with your vision.
- Use a mirror to show you what blepharoplasty can and cannot accomplish.
- Explain in detail how blepharoplasty works and answer your questions about the surgery.
When you and Dr. Voge have decided on the best treatment plan to meet your aesthetic goals, you can schedule your procedure. Alternatively, you can choose to contact us after you have had time to consider the surgery further. We want every patient to feel fully informed and completely comfortable in their decision.
On the Day of Your Blepharoplasty
Dr. Voge will perform your procedure at a Wichita-area surgical center. Whether you have opted for heavy sedation or general anesthesia, you should be able to go home a few hours after surgery, which generally takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Depending on whether your blepharoplasty will include upper, lower, or both sets of eyelids, Dr. Voge will:
- Reposition fat to eliminate under-eye bags and to lighten dark hollows.
- Remove excess, hanging skin from the upper lids.
- Create a more aesthetically pleasing, younger-looking appearance.
As part of the surgery, Dr. Voge will place incisions in a way that minimizes scaring and will take the time to ensure that your results are symmetrical and natural-looking. When you awaken, you will be given pain medication to control any discomfort as well as detailed instruction for caring for your incisions. Dr. Voge will see you back at her Wichita office in five days for your initial follow-up and once again about five weeks later.
Your Recovery From Blepharoplasty
Patients usually do not report much discomfort after their surgery, and most feel fine within a couple of days. You can expect some bruising, which should lighten significantly within about two weeks and be gone within a month.
At your five-day follow-up visit, Dr. Voge will check to make sure that your incisions are healing properly and give you special gel to minimize the appearance of scars. Within a month, you should be able to enjoy the results of your procedure: rejuvenated, brighter, more youthful-looking eyes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover my procedure?
Every insurance plan varies, but generally speaking, insurers may cover some or all of your blepharoplasty if droopy eyelids are interfering with your vision.
Will I look unnatural? Will it be obvious that I've had something done?
Dr. Voge’s subtle approach produces natural-looking results. You should look like a younger, more alert version of yourself with no obvious signs that you have had cosmetic surgery.
Do I have to have general anesthesia?
Our Wichita patients who are only having blepharoplasty can choose between heavy sedation and general anesthesia during surgery. You may require general anesthesia if you are having additional procedures, such as facelift.
Will blepharoplasty hurt a lot? Will I be able to go out in public afterward?
Our patients report that recovery from blepharoplasty is not very painful. There will be bruising, but you should be able to conceal it with makeup after about two weeks. By a month after the procedure, you should see your final results.
Wichita-area patients interested in younger and more alert-looking eyes are encouraged to contact Dr. Voge for a blepharoplasty consultation. Call Plastic Surgical Specialists at (316) 263-0234 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment.