When genetics and the unflagging passage of time conspire, we often end up with puffy, droopy eyelids that drag down our appearance as well as our spirits. While other people may not notice the change, we certainly do, and the occasional comment about our tired appearance or suggestions that we “might need a nap” don’t help matters. Refresh your outlook and the contours of your eyes with cosmetic eyelid surgery and see how your vision might change—in more ways than one.
Am I a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?
If you’re considering cosmetic eye surgery, ask yourself the following:
- Are you tired of loose skin that sags and alters the aesthetics of your eyes?
- Are your lower eyelids puffy because of excess fatty deposits?
- Do people think you’re tired (even when you’re not) because your eyes look sleepy?
- Are droopy eyelids causing you to appear prematurely aged?
- Would you feel more confident if you could address the excess skin and lower wrinkles plaguing your lower eyelid?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic eyelid surgery. Of course, there are other factors as well, such as the overall condition of your skin, your general health, and what other wrinkle-fighting treatments you may have tried—all of which can be addressed when you schedule a consultation at Aesthetics at Illinois Eye Center.
How is Cosmetic Eye Surgery Performed?
Surprise! Cosmetic eyelid surgery is probably less of an undertaking than you may think. The entire procedure is designed to help restore a more youthful appearance without leaving behind an excess of evidence. In other words, we want you to look amazing without broadcasting you had anything done.
On the day of your surgery, you’ll likely receive light sedation, entering what we often call “twilight sleep.” Whereas full, general anesthesia renders you completely unaware, twilight sleep helps you relax and rest peacefully in a semi-conscious state, allowing you to recover more quickly and remain comfortable without needing longer recovery time and side effects (namely nausea and dizziness) associated with full sedation.
Once you’re dreaming away, Dr. Catherine Cuite will make carefully, strategically planned incisions within the natural structures of your eyelids.
- For your upper eyelids, an incision in the lid’s natural crease gives Dr. Cuite access to remove excess skin to keep the new contours in place.
- Surgery on the lower eyelids typically involves a series of small incisions just below the lash line. As the excess skin is removed and muscles are drawn up, the skin below tightens and unsightly bags all but disappear.
What Results Can I Expect?
Cosmetic surgery is a deeply personal decision, and each procedure has a similarly individualized outcome. It can be very helpful to use eye surgery before and after photos as a guide as well as inspiration, but there is no substitute for a one-on-one consultation. During your surgical consultation, you can ask questions, share your concerns, and received detailed feedback and recommendations on how this type of surgery could help you achieve your desired results.
Keep in mind:
- This surgery is advanced and involves both highly technical interventions and a touch of artistry. It’s essential you find an extremely qualified physician so your health and appearance are in the very best hands.
- The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, which means you can be home and listening to your favorite podcasts or streaming music stations that very same day.
- Recovery is not instantaneous; however, most patients report only soreness (not pain) and are able to return to work within a few days.
- As with any surgery, eyelid rejuvenation requires the patient to rest to achieve optimal results. Take it easy, protect your eyes from the sun, avoid straining and stress, and imagine how thrilled you’re going to be when you can show off your eyes to people in just a few more days.
Ditch droopy eyelids, and see the world anew with cosmetic eye surgery. Are you ready to explore your options? Call Michelle or Alicia at 309-243-3875 and schedule your surgical consultation today.