Get a More Rested Appearance
Cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) removes excess fat and wrinkled, drooping skin of the upper eyelids. Eyelid surgery also eliminates bags under your eyes and tightens your lower eyelid skin. The result is a more rested appearance.
Dr. Wiener in Chicago has extensive oculoplastic experience. To perform an eyelid surgery, Dr. Wiener uses incisions hidden within the natural folds of the upper eyelid, and just below the lashes of the lower eyelid. If your lower eyelid skin is reasonably tight, the fat that causes the bags can be removed through an incision inside the lower lid leaving no visible scar.
Laser technology can also be used to tighten both the lower and upper eyelid skin without making any incisions at all. This is called a Laser Blepharoplasty and can be done in minutes under local anesthesia or mild sedation.
In addition, loose or low hanging eyelids can be tightened by placing the eyelid, itself, in a better position. This is called a Canthopexy or in some cases, a Canthoplasty. A more extensive (or supercharged Lower Eyelid Lift) is done when the upper cheek is lifted to blend with the lower eyelid. This effectively removes dark circles and the deflated look of the eyelid and upper cheek that occurs with aging. This procedure is called a Mid-Face Lift.
Local anesthesia alone can be used for an Upper Eyelid Lift. Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia is often used for a Lower Eyelid Lift, or a combination of lower and upper eyelid lifting.
Recovery from Eyelid Surgery
After eyelid surgery, patients should expect some degree of bruising and swelling which may persist for 7 to 10 days. Cold compresses are used extensively for the first several days after surgery. Sutures come out for five days, and you should be back to work within 7 to 10 days. A mild degree of swelling may persist for several weeks after surgery. For more extensive procedures such as the Mid-facelift, some degree of swelling may persist for a longer period of time.
Most Commonly Asked Questions about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty):
Will Eyelid Surgery scars show?
Eyelid surgery scars are hidden within the natural folds of the upper eyelid as well as just below the lashes of the lower eyelid. Once healed, these scars are very difficult to see, though there will be a permanent mark in these areas. Eyelid surgery scars continue to fade and soften with time. Incisions done inside the lower eyelid are impossible to see, and laser blepharoplasty also leaves no visible scars.
How long will I be swollen after Eyelid Surgery?
Most eyelid surgery patients have some degree of swelling that lasts for 7 to 10 days. However, there may be subtle amounts of swelling that persist for several weeks or months after the surgery. Often, this persistent swelling is very mild and difficult to see.
When can I go out in public after Eyelid Surgery?
Typically, after 7 to 10 days most patients can return to social situations. Make-up can be worn 5 to 7 days after surgery and the use of cold compresses will help minimize bruising and swelling. There may, however, be some degree of swelling that persists beyond the 7 to 10 day period.
When can I return to exercise after Eyelid Surgery?
Often light, low-impact exercise can begin within three weeks of eyelid surgery. This would include a stationary bike, elliptical machine, or brisk walking. More strenuous workouts will have to wait until 6 weeks after eyelid surgery.
When can I wear make-up after Eyelid Surgery?
Within 5 to 7 days after eyelid surgery, makeup can usually be worn.
What are the risks of Eyelid Surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks and these will be discussed in complete detail by Dr. Wiener during your consultation. Some of these risks may include bleeding, (hematoma), poor scarring or lid asymmetry. However, it is unlikely that these types of complications will occur.
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