Your eyelids are one of the first facial features to betray your age as their delicate skin quickly gives in to the impact of time. If you’re ready to eliminate drooping, sagging eyelids or puffy circles under your eyes, the experienced doctors at SkinMD can help by performing blepharoplasty. If you have questions about eyelid surgery or you’d like to schedule an appointment, book online or call one of the offices in Chicago, Evergreen Park, Orland Park, or Skokie, Illinois.
Blepharoplasty Q & A
What is a Blepharoplasty?
Over time, your eyelids change as muscles weaken and facial fat becomes displaced. Blepharoplasty, better known as an eye lift, is the surgery you need to restore a more youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty eliminates eyelid problems such as:
- Fat accumulation that makes eyelids look puffy
- Sagging upper eyelids
- Excess skin on your upper eyelids
- Drooping eyelids
- Extra skin on lower eyelids
- Bags under your eyes
- Fine wrinkles on the lower eyelids
Your surgeon at SkinMD may also perform blepharoplasty to improve eye function when excess eyelid skin or fat affects your vision or becomes uncomfortable.
What Happens During Blepharoplasty?
During your initial consultation, your SkinMD doctor evaluates your eyes and checks for any issues that might influence eyelid surgery, such as dry eyes or underlying health problems. They also talk with you about the results you want to achieve and recommend the procedure that’s best for meeting your goals.
Blepharoplasty may be performed on your upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. Your doctor makes incisions in locations where the scar will be concealed; for example, the incision may be made in the crease of the upper eyelid, or just below your eyelashes for lower eyelid surgery.
After making an incision, your doctor can remove excess fat and skin, reposition fat if necessary, and tighten muscles.
What Should I Expect After Blepharoplasty?
You can expect some swelling and bruising, as well as irritated eyes, following your eyelid surgery. These symptoms should go away within two weeks; in the meantime, medication and cold compresses provide relief.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow throughout your recovery. For example, you’ll need to clean your eyelids and sleep with your head higher than your chest for a few days. It’s also essential to wear sunglasses and to keep your skin properly hydrated.
Most patients can return to work in about 10-14 days, but you’ll need to limit strenuous activities for 2-3 weeks. Healing is a gradual process that continues even after you feel fine and get back to your normal life.
If you’re ready to restore youthful vitality to your eyes, call SkinMD or book an appointment online.