Eyelid Enhancement

Vernon Hills, IL Eyelid Enhancement at Ritacca Laser Center

What do your eyes say about you? When people want to know how you really feel, they often look to the eyes. This facial area is highly expressive and is known for displaying emotion.

Unfortunately, aging in the eyelids can give others the wrong impression. You may appear angry or tired, even when you’re perfectly happy. Eyelid surgery in Chicago, IL removes the loose, sagging skin that can leave you looking tired or upset and restores a youthful eye appearance.

Eyelid drooping or sagging occurs due to various reasons, such as aging, sun damage, smoking, skin stretching, or obesity. The gentle, thin tissue of the eyelid is susceptible to deterioration, which makes the eyes appear older and creates a tired or sad expression. Drooping eyelids can also obstruct your vision.

An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgery that improves the look of the lower and upper eyelids for a younger, more pleasing appearance. Both men and women can be good candidates for eyelid surgery. A blepharoplasty procedure accomplishes aesthetic improvement by tightening the skin and muscle around the eyes while removing excess skin and fat.

Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular types of facial plastic surgery, probably because many adults consider the eyes to be the defining feature of the face. Patients seek eyelid surgery not only to improve their appearance but also to boost their confidence. Eyelid surgery is safe and effective with minimal recovery time.

To learn more about blepharoplasty, contact the Ritacca Laser Center in Vernon Hills at (847) 367-8815. Our facial rejuvenation experts will be happy to answer any questions you have about this procedure.

Your Blepharoplasty Consultation

Although eyelid surgery is considered a minor procedure, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is still key to its success. Consultations are an opportunity to explore a procedure in great depth with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons by your side. We’ll discuss your surgery goals, medical conditions, drug allergies, previous surgeries, any issues concerning your eyes, and past medical treatments. It’s also crucial to tell your doctor about your alcohol, tobacco, and drug usage, as these may increase the risk of complications.

After a thorough evaluation, your doctor will create a customized treatment plan for your blepharoplasty. The topics of the discussion will include the type of anesthesia, potential risks, probable outcomes, and the recovery period typically involved in a blepharoplasty. Come prepared with questions to ask your doctor to ensure that both of you are on the same page with regards to your eyelid surgery.

How We Perform Blepharoplasty at Our Chicago Clinic

Blepharoplasty is generally performed under local anesthesia. This procedure takes about 45 minutes to complete for a simple procedure or up to two hours. If you’re combining your eyelid lift with other treatments, more time in the operating room may be necessary.

After anesthesia is administered, the doctor will make a precise incision in a predetermined location on the eyelids. The placement of the incision depends on the location of any excess tissue we’ll be removing. Incisions are always carefully placed to minimize the appearance of scarring while providing the best possible results.

During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural folds of the upper lids to conceal scars. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is placed below the lower lashes. If your blepharoplasty requires the removal of excess fat, your surgeon may make a second tiny incision inside each of your lower eyelids. The fatty tissues are removed through this hidden incision. If necessary, your surgeon may redistribute fat in the lower eyelids to reduce puffiness. Other corrections, such as tightening muscle laxity, may be performed before the surgeon closes the incisions.

When we’re confident that we’ve achieved a great result, the surgeon will close the incisions using sutures or adhesive tape.

Your Recovery From Blepharoplasty

In general, it takes several weeks to fully recover from eyelid surgery. Recovery is a process and you’ll progress through the stages at your own pace. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns during the recovery process.

We ask patients to rest their eyes for a week after surgery. This means limiting screen time and avoiding straining activities like reading small print. Stitches are typically removed within two to seven days. After your blepharoplasty, you may experience redness and swelling, but they will subside within a few days. Most patients can return to work 10 days after a blepharoplasty.

While you will see some results immediately after your eyelid lift, the most dramatic changes will begin to manifest after postoperative redness, swelling, and bruising subside.

Eyelid Lift in Chicago, IL FAQ

Will having eyelid surgery affect my vision?

Having eyelid surgery will not harm your vision in any way, as long as your operation is performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon. In many cases, blepharoplasty is used specifically to restore the patient’s field of vision. Elevating the upper eyelids stops sagging skin from obstructing the eye, thereby improving the patient’s peripheral vision.

How can I tell if I need eyelid surgery in Chicago?

Talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess whether or not you need eyelid surgery, but there are some general guidelines you can use to determine your eligibility.

You may benefit from blepharoplasty if you’ve noticed that you always look tired or sad, even when you’re well-rested. Other signs that eyelid surgery may be right for you include visible bags below the eyes, upper eyelids that look very heavy, droopy, or full, and/or visible folds or creases around the eyes.

Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery is not covered by health insurance, but if you need blepharoplasty to restore your vision, you may be eligible for coverage. Generally, only upper blepharoplasty will be covered, as lower blepharoplasty is performed solely for cosmetic reasons.

Is blepharoplasty the only way to reduce lines and puffiness around the eyes?

Eyelid surgery is the only way to elevate droopy eyelids and permanently remove puffy under-eye bags. Many patients that want to avoid surgery use dermal fillers to alleviate dark circles and hollows below the eyes. Fillers can also mask eye bags by filling the spaces around them to create smoother contours.

How long do the results of Vernon Hills blepharoplasty last?

The results of lower blepharoplasty are often permanent because under-eye fat will not usually grow back on its own. The results of upper eyelid surgery last approximately seven years. We like to think of this procedure as a reset, turning back the clock on your appearance and providing long-lasting cosmetic improvement.

Before and After Pictures

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View before and after photos of real eyelid surgery patients at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa.

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Consultation with Vernon Hills, North Shore and Chicago Eyelid Surgery Doctor

If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, call (847) 367-8815 to schedule a consultation with our top doctors: Drs. Daniel Ritacca, Leonard Lu, and Kathleen Morno. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.