Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Chicago
Sun damage, smoking, aging, stretching, and obesity can all play a role in the drooping and sagging of your eyelids. In fact, this is one of the first areas on your face to begin to deteriorate because eyelid skin is thinner than in other places. When your eyelids are droopy or bulge, they can make you look tired and much older than you actually are.
When you undergo eyelid surgery in Naperville, Chicago, or Schaumburg, IL, you will enjoy a younger looking appearance for both your upper and lower eyelids. This process is done by tightening the muscles and other tissues and removing excess skin and fat. This procedure can be done for both men and women, providing a younger, refreshed look.
Blepharoplasty is one of the most common types of facial plastic surgery, showcasing how important the eyes are to the overall appearance. According to surveys, about two-thirds of adults view their eyes as a defining feature. If you feel your eyes could look better, eyelid surgery can improve your appearance and give you a confidence boost with minimal effort.
Who Qualifies for Eyelid Surgery?
Patients who are overall in good general health, are non-smokers, and do not have serious eye conditions are typically the best candidates for this procedure. Whether you have puffy bags under your eyes or loose, saggy skin, eyelid surgery can eliminate these unwanted effects, leaving your eyes to look fresh and young again.
It’s important to have realistic expectations for your surgery so you can be fully satisfied with the end result. This procedure won’t alter your whole appearance or change the overall structure of your face, but it can enhance your appearance and improve your self-confidence.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
We use local anesthetic with sedation for the blepharoplasty procedure. However, we may use general anesthesia for patients who have anxiety or feel nervous. The procedure can be performed on either the upper or lower lids or a combination of the two. Eyelid surgery typically lasts between 45 minutes and two hours, depending on your choices.
For the upper eyelid, the incision goes along the natural crease. Through this incision, our surgeon will tighten the muscles and other tissue, reposition fat deposits, and remove any excess skin so you look fresh and young again. The lower eyelid involves an incision below the lash line to allow for the removal of excess skin.
Upon completion of the procedure, we will close the incision with stitches and wrap it in gauze so it can heal properly.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Recovery Process
After your eyelid surgery, we recommend applying cold compresses and a lubricating ointment to speed up the healing process and reduce the side effects, including bruising, swelling, dry eyes, and irritation. We may wrap your eyes in gauze immediately following the procedure.
Many patients go back to work after two days; however, you should avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for a minimum of two weeks. The swelling and any other side effects will be eliminated over the first two weeks. We will provide a list of instructions for post-surgery care.
Eyelid Surgery Results
The results of your eyelid surgery will be evident as soon as the bruising and swelling disappear and will continue to get better over the next year. Blepharoplasty will produce long-lasting results. This surgery won’t prevent aging of your eyes, but most patients are thrilled with the end result and don’t require additional surgeries in the future.
Most of the scars associated with this surgery are concealed and will become virtually unnoticeable over time. This is because the incision is placed directly in the eyelid crease or below the lashes.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Risks
Like any other surgery, there will be risks to getting eyelid surgery. These side effects aren’t common, but can include, dry eyes, bleeding, skin discoloration, infection, and the inability to fully close your eyes. Working with an experienced surgeon will minimize these risks, as well as following your aftercare instructions. We will discuss these risks and any of your concerns prior to the surgery to help reduce your anxiety and any worries.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Schaumburg, Naperville, Chicago
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