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What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, performed by Dr. Kristopher M. Day at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, WA, is designed to enhance the appearance of the eyelids. The procedure can be applied to the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, aiming to rejuvenate the area around the eyes. Dr. Day’s blepharoplasty can address various issues, such as:

  • Excess Skin Removal: For upper eyelids, this can alleviate drooping that may impair vision and for lower eyelids, it can minimize wrinkles and refine the skin’s texture.
  • Puffiness Reduction: By removing or repositioning fat deposits, the surgery can reduce under-eye bags, resulting in a more rested and rejuvenated look.
  • Correction of Droopiness: Lower eyelid surgery under Dr. Day’s expertise can correct drooping that exposes the white below the iris, enhancing the overall appearance of the eyes.

While the aesthetic improvements are significant, eyelid surgery can also offer functional benefits, particularly for individuals whose vision is obstructed by sagging upper eyelids. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty with Dr. Day are those in good health, with realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcomes, looking to correct either age-related changes or hereditary eyelid concerns.


A comprehensive consultation with Dr. Day is crucial to discuss the specific goals, assess potential risks, and understand the recovery process involved in eyelid surgery, ensuring personalized care and optimal results.

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Good Candidates for Blepharoplasty

Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery, as performed by Dr. Kristopher M. Day, are individuals dissatisfied with the appearance of the area around their eyes. Common concerns among these candidates include sagging or drooping eyelids, pronounced under-eye bags, or noticeable fat deposits that contribute to a tired appearance. The procedure is also well-suited for those looking to address excess skin, fine lines, and achieve a more youthful look. Moreover, eyelid surgery can offer functional benefits, particularly for individuals experiencing vision obstruction due to ptosis, a condition characterized by drooping of the upper eyelid.


However, eligibility for eyelid surgery requires certain criteria. Candidates should be in overall good health and maintain realistic expectations regarding the outcomes of the surgery. It’s also essential for individuals to have no active eye infections or conditions at the time of the surgery to ensure a safe procedure and optimal recovery.

Benefits of an Eyelid Lift

There are countless benefits to undergoing an eyelid lift surgery with our Bellevue plastic surgeon, Dr. Kris Day. The first is that ‌eyelid lift surgery can correct several aesthetic concerns one has regarding their eye area. This includes sagging or loose skin around the eyes, under-eye bags, excess fat deposits, unwanted eyelid folds, puffiness, and fine lines. Not only can an eyelid lift eliminate these cosmetic concerns, but it can help you obtain a more refreshed, youthful, and attractive appearance. In some cases, an eyelid lift even helps to improve one’s vision and create rounder-looking eyes.

Your Eyelid Lift Consultation

During your consultation for an eyelid lift with Dr. Kris Day in Bellevue, the focus will be on understanding your specific concerns about your eye area, including any issues with visual impairment. You’ll have the opportunity to share your goals for the procedure and discuss the outcomes you envision. Dr. Day will conduct a thorough examination of your eyelids, eye shape, facial contours, and skin quality to devise a tailored surgical approach aimed at achieving your desired results. He will also guide you through before and after photos, providing a detailed explanation of the eyelid lift process, ensuring you have a clear understanding of what to expect from the surgery.

Preparing for Eyelid Surgery

In preparation for your eyelid surgery at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, it’s crucial to cease all tobacco use at least six weeks prior to the procedure, as smoking can heighten the risk of surgical complications. Dr. Kris Day and his dedicated team will carefully review your current regimen of medications, supplements, and vitamins, advising you on which ones may need to be temporarily discontinued to ensure a safe surgical experience. Additionally, it’s important to arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery, since you’ll be unable to drive yourself. For those undergoing an upper eyelid lift, insurance coverage might be an option if the excess tissue is deemed to be impairing vision. This possibility will be thoroughly evaluated during your consultation with Dr. Day, with further testing arranged if necessary to support your case.

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What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery

On the day of your eyelid surgery at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, Dr. Kris Day will prioritize your comfort, addressing any last-minute questions and providing a detailed set of aftercare instructions. An anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia to ensure you’re in a deep sleep throughout the procedure, after which Dr. Day will commence the surgery.


Dr. Day offers various types of eyelid surgeries to cater to different needs. Depending on your specific goals, he may perform an upper eyelid lift, a lower eyelid lift, or both in a combined procedure known as blepharoplasty. Additionally, Dr. Day is skilled in performing Asian blepharoplasty, also known as “double-lid surgery,” which creates a more pronounced eyelid crease for patients desiring an almond-shaped eye appearance.


For an upper eyelid lift, Dr. Day removes excess skin and fat through an incision made in the natural fold of the upper eyelid, tightening the muscles and lifting the remaining tissue for a rejuvenated look. In a lower eyelid lift, he targets under-eye bags and excess skin through a discreet incision either inside the eyelid or just below the lash line.


Patients often express surprise at the minimal scarring resulting from Dr. Day’s precise techniques. In certain cases, he can perform an eyelid lift without any external incisions, depending on the individual’s specific conditions. Many patients also opt to enhance their results by combining eyelid surgery with non-invasive treatments like laser therapy and micro-needling, further tailored to achieve optimal outcomes.

Recovering From Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, allowing you to go home on the same day as the surgery. In the initial days following the procedure, it’s common to experience swelling, bruising, and some discomfort around the eyes. Blurred vision, dryness of the eyes, and increased sensitivity to light are also normal temporary side effects.


Dr. Kris Day and his team at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery will provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. They’ll recommend using a cold compress to alleviate swelling, taking prescribed pain medication to manage discomfort, and using prescription eyedrops to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. An antibiotic ointment may also be prescribed to apply to the incision sites to aid healing.


To support your recovery, it’s advisable to take around 3-5 days off work. You should also refrain from strenuous activities, including heavy lifting and vigorous exercise, for up to two weeks following your eyelid surgery to ensure optimal healing.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery

Patients interested in a blepharoplasty can expect to appear younger, look more refreshed and awake, and sometimes experience improved vision.

The cost of blepharoplasty varies from patient to patient and depends on the specifics of the surgical procedure. Your Bellevue plastic surgeon, Dr. Kris Day, is happy to discuss everything you need to know about costs during your surgical consultation.

In some cases where one’s vision is significantly impaired by the skin around their eyes - a condition known as ptosis, you may be able to have your eyelid surgery covered by insurance. If an optometrist performs a “visual field test” that shows you have lost vision due to excess skin, then your procedure might also be covered by your insurance. Unlike many other plastic surgery centers in Bellevue, we take insurance and are happy to discuss the details of this with you during your consultation.

Similar to many other surgical procedures, eyelid lift surgery does come with some risks important for you to be fully aware of. These include facial injury, swelling, bruising, pain, bleeding, infections, inflammation of the eye, facial numbness, and asymmetry. Fortunately, eyelid lift surgery is a fairly common procedure in that Dr. Kris Day has extensive experience. He will let you know all the risks and side effects associated with the procedure prior to your surgery.

No cosmetic surgery can stop aging forever. However, an eyelid lift is a long-lasting procedure that, like many aesthetic procedures, aims to “turn back the clock” 10-15 years. So, while aging continues after a rejuvenation procedure like an upper or lower eyelid lift, you should have a more youthful appearance for a lifetime.

Yes, in order to achieve maximum results, Dr. Kris Day recommends combining your eyelid lift with other minimally invasive procedures. Treatments such as periorbital fractional CO2 laser and microneedling can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area, as well as tighten the skin. Other patients use microneedling and PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, to achieve optimal results.