In order to remove excess fat along the skin and muscle around the upper and lower eyelids, an individual may choose to undergo eyelid surgery (“blepharoplasty”).
What will eyelid surgery do for you?
- It will brighten up your face
- It will provide you with a rested and youthful appearance
- It can improve vision if sagging skin is in the way of upper eyelids and is prohibiting peripheral vision
- It may decrease but not eliminate the wrinkles around the eyes, “crow’s feet”. (There are other facial cosmetic procedures for these conditions.)
Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
- Someone who is physically healthy
- Someone who is psychologically stable
- Someone who doesn’t have any serious medical conditions or Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease and under or overactive thyroid.
- Schedule a consultation at the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Some of the risks or complications involved with a blepharoplasty:
- Temporary blurring of vision
- Dry eyes or tearing eyes
What to expect during your initial consultation:
It is important that you discuss all of your questions and concerns during an initial consultation with our skilled Chicago plastic surgeon. She can evaluate the condition of your eyes as well as discuss your expectations and goals for surgery. In addition, our cosmetic surgeon will discuss your medical history and any current medical conditions you are facing. This is also the time when you will need to give important information, such as if you smoke, take any drugs, or medications; these will affect your surgery and healing process.
How is blepharoplasty performed?
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia (the portion being operated on is numbed) and a light intravenous sedation. This is an outpatient procedure performed in either an office setting, outpatient surgical center, or for severe cases, a hospital.
Bruising and swelling is temporary, approximately two weeks. The scars are barely visible after a few months. The incisions are placed within the creases and folds of upper eyelids.