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Eyelid Surgery

Meadows Plastic Surgery

Liposuction Contour Center and Plastic Surgery in Beach Park, IL & Chicago, IL & Brookfield, WI

Each year, over 200,000 people in the United States expand their field of vision and revive their appearance with eyelid surgery. At Meadows Plastic Surgery, with locations serving Brookfield, Wisconsin, and the Beach Park, Schaumberg, and Irving Park neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, the team of plastic surgery experts provides delicate eyelid surgery to patients who want a brighter view or a more youthful appearance. To explore eyelid surgery further and decide if it’s right for you, call Meadows Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online today.

Eyelid Surgery Q & A

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a surgery for cosmetic or clinical purposes used to remove extra skin, muscle, and fat from around your eyes to widen them. At Meadows Plastic Surgery, the eyelid surgery process starts with a consultation between you and your surgeon to determine the best surgery for your desired goals.

You and your plastic surgeon can decide on the following procedures:

Upper Blepharoplasty

An upper blepharoplasty corrects the signs of aging on the upper eyelid, including wrinkles, sagging skin, and the overall appearance of fatigue. The incisions for this procedure are placed in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. After the incision is made, the skin is trimmed, fat pockets are either repositioned or removed, and finally, the tissues are tightened. 

Lower Blepharoplasty

This procedure can correct visible bags under the eyes and the appearance of puffiness in the area. Fine incisions are made below your lower lashes, and then your expert plastic surgeon removes the extra tissue in the area.

You can also combine upper or lower blepharoplasty with other procedures, like a brow lift, facelift, or BOTOX cosmetic treatment.

Whatever procedure you choose, each eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

Eyelid surgery may sound intimidating, especially because your eyes are delicate and prone to damage. You’ll stay at the clinic for a short time after your procedure, but you can go home the very same day.

Why do I need eyelid surgery?

Generally, the eyes are the first place we start to age. It is often the first surgery patients will do to refresh their appearance.

You can get eyelid surgery in order to:

  • Look more awake or alert
  • Look more youthful
  • Reduce eye bags
  • Reduce drooping eyelids
  • Increase range of vision

Your surgeon helps you develop the best strategy to meet your goals and achieve a well-rounded result.

What is the recovery for eyelid surgery?

While eyelid surgery is an outpatient surgery, someone must be available to drive you home afterward, and stay with you the first night. You may experience some pain after the general anesthesia wears off, but your expert plastic surgeon will prescribe oral medication to keep pain at a minimum.

Patients typically experience some bruising, swelling, redness and itchiness around the surgical site, and your vision might be slightly impaired. You might also have a temporary sensitivity to light, but these symptoms are only temporary.

You can typically return to work and normal activities after one week, and you may resume exercise after two weeks.

The effects of this procedure will be long-lasting, as long as you abide by the following routine:

  • Wear sunscreen
  • Cover your eyes with glasses or hats
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle

Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Before you get eyelid surgery, your surgeon at Meadows Plastic Surgery evaluates the state of your health and helps you decide if it’s a good idea for you. You might be a candidate for eyelid surgery if you:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Have skin that heals well
  • Are 30 or older

Your consultation is the ideal time to ask all of your questions about eyelid surgery. You and your surgeon can discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for upper or lower eyelid surgery or both.

If you’re bothered by drooping eyelids or eye bags, call Meadows Plastic Surgery or book a consultation online for eyelid surgery today.