Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Specialist

Suzie Kuhnen, DO -  - Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon

Suzie Kuhnen, DO

Central Iowa’s only Female Plastic Surgeon in West Des Moines, IA

Excess skin and fatty deposits on your eyelids can have a dramatic effect on your appearance and can even affect your ability to see. That’s why Suzie Kuhnen, DO, offers blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) at Iowa Specialty Surgeons in West Des Moines, Iowa. With this procedure, she can help restore both your appearance and your vision. To learn more about blepharoplasty and if it could be right for you, call the office or make an appointment online.

Blepharoplasty Q & A

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is the technical term for surgery performed on your eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be performed on your upper eyelids, your lower eyelids, or both to open up your eye area, improving your vision and your appearance.  

Many people wait to get this procedure until their eyelids have drooped so severely that they’re interfering with their vision. But you don’t have to wait. Excess eyelid skin or under-eye bags can make you look older and tired. 

If you’re unhappy with your eyelids and the way they affect your appearance, talk to Dr. Kuhnen about eyelid surgery. She offers this procedure to help those who want to get rid of:

  • Excess skin on the upper eyelid
  • Visual impairment caused by eyelids
  • Sagging lower eyelids that show the white of your eye under your iris
  • Under-eye bags


In other words, if your eyelids are bothering you, don’t hesitate to ask if blepharoplasty could be right for you. 


What happens during blepharoplasty?

Dr. Kuhnen personalizes your eyelid surgery to you. During this procedure, she can remove excess skin and fat depending on what’s needed to help you see and look your best. 

By removing fatty deposits from under your eyes, for example, she can help to alleviate undereye bags, leaving you looking refreshed and rejuvenated. 

If you’re interested in blepharoplasty, Dr. Kuhnen talks with you about what your specific procedure will entail and what you can expect. 


What is the downtime associated with blepharoplasty?

After your procedure, you will likely experience some swelling and bruising at the surgery site. Any discomfort is usually manageable with ice packs and pain medication. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen for at least a week after your procedure.

The swelling and bruising usually subside within 10-14 days. Afterward, most people feel ready to get back to their usual daily activities.

If you’re interested in learning how blepharoplasty can transform your appearance and improve your vision, don’t hesitate to call Iowa Specialty Surgeons or make an appointment online today.