Is the skin on your eyelids loose or sagging? Does the presence of puffiness and bags under your eyes make you look tired? Is your vision impaired because of the excess skin? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time for you to consider a surgical alternative.
Blepharoplasty, a type of eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. It rejuvenates the area surrounding your eyes, making you look more rested and alert. In addition, it is both a functional and cosmetic procedure based on the amount of eyelid skin present.
So, what happens during surgery?
You will be given a light sedation (twilight sleep) and local anesthetic in your eyelids. The incision lines for surgery are designed so that scars will be concealed within the natural folds of the eyelid region.
- Droopy upper eyelids are corrected with an incision made within the natural crease of the lid, allowing a repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and removal of excess skin.
- If your surgery is on your lower eyelids, your surgeon will make small incisions below your eyelashes and will then tighten the excess skin and muscle, creating a more vibrant and youthful appearance. This technique is called Transcutaneous Blepharoplasty.
What’s the recovery process like?
Immediately following your blepharoplasty procedure, lubricating ointments and cold compresses may be applied to your eyelids. Initial healing may include swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes. Any discomfort you have may be controlled with medication, as well as cold compresses and ointments. It typically takes a month for swelling and bruising to subside, revealing a smooth eyelid and a more alert, rejuvenated appearance.
Am I a candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is generally performed on adults who have healthy skin and realistic goals for improving the appearance of their upper and/or lower eyelids.
Ideal candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery are:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or a medical condition that may impair healing
- Individuals without serious eye conditions
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals for their blepharoplasty surgery.
Only you can you make the decision to undergo eyelid surgery. For more information about the procedure, including cost information, please contact Aesthetics at Illinois Eye Center at (309) 243-3875, or visit us at www.illinoiseyecenter.com/aesthetics.