Upper Eyelid Lifts

Do your eyelids make your face look old or tired?

The excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids can make you look older and tired even when you get enough sleep. Upper eyelid surgery (upper blepharoplasty) can give you a more rested appearance.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is a type of facial plastic surgery. It involves removing excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty uses a cosmetic hidden lid crease incision. This allows the surgeon to reshape the contours of the upper eyelid.

Removal of extra skin brings out the natural beauty of the eye and allows for more effective makeup use.

Dr. John McCann is a skilled blepharoplasty surgeon at Discover Facial Appearances. He can perform eyelid fat removal or an upper eyelid lift surgery for you.

A board-certified eye and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. McCann is a cosmetic eyelid surgery specialist. He has performed thousands of these procedures.

He has been the keynote speaker at national and international meetings. During these meetings, he has gone over his experience with cosmetic eyelid surgery.

For blepharoplasty in Kansas, our team delivers the most attractive and safe results.

Will My Insurance Pay for Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Some insurance companies pay for eyelid surgery. This is only if it’s medically necessary for improving your vision. If you have ptosis, where your eyelids droop and block your vision, they may pay for the procedure.

Pre-authorization usually requires a visual field test. The test proves your eyelids are blocking peripheral vision. It also should show that your vision would improve by elevating the eyelids.

You may also need photographs during the insurance pre-authorization process. Some problems such as fat bags in the upper lid do not affect vision and are never paid for by insurance companies.

At Discover Facial Appearances, we understand the guidelines that most insurance companies use. We will be glad to act as your advocate for insurance coverage.

It is important to realize that many of the procedures we perform are only to improve appearance. These cosmetic procedures are not paid for by any insurance.

One of the goals of a consultation with Dr. McCann is to determine what procedures you may benefit from. We will also inform you about the costs associated with those procedures.

Can Ptosis or Droopy Lower Eyelids Be Addressed at The Same Time as Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?


Yes. It is common for patients to have surgery to improve vision function and eyelid surgery at the same time. The part of the surgery that improves eyelid function may end up covered by your insurance.

Is an Incision Made in The Skin During Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Yes. In almost all cases of upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery there is excess skin. Removal of this excess skin requires an incision in the upper eyelid.

The skin of the upper eyelid is very thin and typically heals with little or no scarring. The incision site is easily concealed in the fold of the upper eyelid.

This allows the incision to stay hidden while healing. We often use absorbing sutures (stitches)that dissolve into the body and do not need removal.

Can You Remove Fat From The Upper Eyelids When You Get An Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Dr. McCann prefers to leave as much fullness in the upper eyelids as possible. Removal of too much fat from the upper eyelids can give the patient a hollow appearance. This is not desirable.

Often the fat pad in the upper eyelid that’s next to the nose is bulging forward. This fat pad is often reduced in size during upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery. The surgeon does this to remove the bulge without causing a hollow appearance.

Can You Lift The Eyebrows While Removing Lines Between Eyebrows During Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Yes. Click here to learn more about Cosmetic Forehead and Lift surgery.

Who Needs an Upper Eyelid Lift Versus an Eyebrow or Forehead Lift?

Please see the Cosmetic Forehead and Brow Lift section of the website.

If I Have An Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Will I Be Able To Close My Eyes Afterwards?

The upper eyelids are central to both form and visual function. Removal of too much skin from the upper eyelids does not look natural. More than that, it can cause problems with lid closure.

As an expert in ophthalmology and plastic surgery, Dr. McCann is aware of the need for the lids to look natural. He also makes sure the eyelids function normally after any cosmetic eyelid surgery.

Serious complications in both functionality and cosmetic appearance can occur during eyelid surgery. Many patients come to us because they know Dr. McCann is an expert with facial cosmetic surgeries.

What Is Recovery From Eyelid Surgery Like?

Recovery varies based on the exact procedure performed and the individual patient. Generally, eyelid surgery results in bruising and swelling of the eyelids.

We recommend that patients plan on being at home on the day of surgery and the following two days after. During this time, apply ice to the eyelids to reduce bruising and swelling.

After the third day, most patients can drive a car and move around without much difficulty. We recommend patients avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for two weeks after.

Most patients wear sunglasses for 2-3 weeks to hide bruising and swelling. Discover Facial Appearances will provide you with detailed written instructions before your procedure.

What Is Double Eyelid Surgery?

Asian patients have slightly different eye anatomy than other patients from the Western Hemisphere. Some Asian patients are born with a fold in the upper eyelid and others are not.

When the fold is present, it is a double eyelid. The fold in the upper eyelid of Asian patients is much nearer to the eyelashes than it is in the occidental eyelid.

In our experience, Asian patients seeking double lid surgery want eyelids with a fold. They often want to look like other Asian patients that are born with a fold in the eyelid.

Dr. McCann performs Double Eyelid Surgery at Discover Facial Appearances. If you are considering this surgery, consider bringing a photograph in with you. This shows us someone who has eyelids that have the appearance you are looking to achieve.

Can Eyelid Surgery Cause Complications?

Yes. All medical procedures have some risk. You should discuss the risk of complications with your doctor before surgery.  Many patients select Discover Facial Appearances for their surgery because of Dr. McCann.

After all, he is trained in ophthalmology as well as facial plastic surgery. When getting eyelid surgery, it makes sense to find a surgeon with a special amount of expertise. It’s significant that Dr. McCann has training in ophthalmology and facial plastic surgery.

Thinking about eyelid surgery? Contact Discover Facial Appearances in Leawood, KS to schedule an appointment with us!

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