Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
The eyes and the structures that surround them are oftentimes the most expressive and revealing facial feature. Our emotions and how we feel physically can be conveyed through the eyes. As we age, the structures of the eyelid region can change; excess, drooping skin can make you appear sad or angry, or puffiness and bags can cause you to appear tired. Eyelid surgery can correct excess skin, tissue, and fat to reveal a more youthful appearing eye.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, depending on your goals, can be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. If desired, this procedure can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures to accomplish the desired results.
Droopy upper eyelids can be corrected with an incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Through this incision, fat can be repositioned, muscles and tissue can be tightened, and excess skin can be removed to create a firmer upper eyelid contour.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Similarly, lower eyelid surgery can correct a tired or sad appearing lower lid. The incision is made just under the lower eyelid or just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, fat can be redistributed, muscles tightened, and excess skin removed. In certain cases, diminished lower eyelid support can be corrected with canthopexy or canthoplasty.
“Dr. Neil Fine is not only an extremely skilled surgeon but also a very compassionate, patient and extraordinary human being. He takes the time to hear what you are looking for as well as offering options to the procedure you are about to have. Through this process he instills confidence so that you feel like you have made the right decision. His results are amazing and exceed any expectations…”
Recovery After Blepharoplasty
After blepharoplasty, your surgeon may advise you to apply lubricating drops and cold compresses to aid healing. Typically, patients return to work in a few days, but exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided for two weeks.
Your surgeon will remove your stitches after 3 or 4 days. Swelling usually subsides within a couple weeks. If you wear contact lenses, you should not wear them for 2 weeks after surgery, as well as eye makeup. We advise that you wear dark sunglasses when you are outside or in the sun for 2 weeks for protection.
Eyelid Surgery Results
Both upper and lower eyelid surgery use incisions that are very well concealed in the natural lines of the eyelid, and are, therefore, extremely hard to detect after healing. As swelling decreases, you will find your eyelids are better-defined, and your face appears more alert and smooth.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in Blepharoplasty, contact Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery. Call us at (312) 266-6240 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Chicago, IL and surrounding areas.