As we get older, the eyes are usually first to show signs of aging. Extra saggy skin can appear and fatty deposits can develop in our eyelids, causing our eyes to look puffy or droopy. In some cases, droopy eyelids can even impair your vision. If your eyelids have begun to sag and are making you feel and look not quite like yourself, eyelid surgery in Chicago may be the right choice for you. Blepharoplasty is the clinical name for eyelid surgery. It can be done on either the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid or both to help rejuvenate your appearance in a number of different ways.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic surgery on the upper eyelids can help make your eyes look brighter, wider, and more youthful. It can be used to treat loose or sagging skin that disrupts the natural contour of your upper eyelid. In some cases, upper eyelid skin can become so loose that it impairs your vision, and eyelid surgery can correct that problem. Upper eyelid surgery can also be used to remove excess fatty deposits that give the appearance of puffiness from the upper lids.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery can be performed in tandem with upper eyelid surgery or on its own. It is usually used to treat bags under the eyes and/or the excess skin and fine wrinkles that can develop on the lower eyelid. Lower eyelid surgery can also help correct drooping lower eyelids that reveal the whites of your eyes below your irises. (Note: Lower eyelid surgery does not diminish dark circles under the eyes.)
What to Expect From Your Eyelid Surgery
No two eyelid surgeries are exactly the same. Your Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Niki Christopoulos, will do a careful evaluation of your bone structure, muscle structure, and your skin. She will check the symmetry of your eyebrows, the tautness of your forehead, and will carefully determine how best to proceed. During upper eyelid surgery, your Dr. Christopoulos will use an incision hidden in the natural fold of your upper eyelid to remove unwanted skin or fat. In lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Christopoulos expertly hides the incision inside the lower eyelid, or alternatively a small incision is made just below the lower lashes.
You’ll need some time to recover from your eyelid surgery, and you may experience some bruising and swelling following the procedure. Once your face has time to heal, you will be left with a more youthful expression to greet the world with.