Eyelid drooping or sagging occurs due to various reasons, such as aging, sun damage, smoking, stretching, or obesity. The gentle, thin tissue of the eyelid is susceptible to deterioration, which makes the eyes appear older and more exhausted.
Eyelid surgery, 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 is done by tightening the skin and muscle while removing excess skin and fat.
Blepharoplasty is the second most popular type of facial plastic surgery, as 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 an extremely safe procedure that requires very little recovery time.
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. On the day of your consultation with a Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa surgeon, be prepared to 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. It’s essential that you prepare questions to ask your doctor to ensure that both of you are on the same page with regards to your eyelid surgery.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
A blepharoplasty is generally performed under local anesthesia and takes about 45 minutes to complete. After anesthesia is administered, the doctor will make a precise incision on the marks made before the start of surgery. The placement of the incision depends on the location of the excess tissue to be removed.
For an upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made within the natural folds of the said eyelid to conceal scars. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is placed below the lower lashes. If the surgery involves a removal of excess fat, the surgeon may incise in the lower eyelid.
The target tissues are then removed through the incision slit. When necessary, your surgeon may redistribute fat in the lower eyelids to reduce puffiness. Other corrections, such as muscle laxity, may be performed before the surgeon closes the incisions.
Afterwards, the surgeon will close the incision using sutures or adhesive tape.
In most cases, patients combine a blepharoplasty with other treatments, like a facelift or a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, to raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark under eye circles, or crow’s feet.
Your Recovery From Blepharoplasty
In general, it takes several weeks to recover from an eyelid surgery. Stitches are removed within two to seven days. Your surgeon will also ask you to rest your eyes for one week. 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 can see results immediately after your blepharoplasty, you can appreciate the changes of your eyelid surgery more once the redness, swelling, and bruises subside.
Before and After Pictures
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Free 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 free 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.