Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, creates a more youthful appearance to the upper and/or lower eyelids by removing excess skin and fat, replacing volume loss, and diverting attention from the aged appearance of surrounding tissues back to the beauty of the eye itself.
As the former Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and double-board-certified in both Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Dutton is extensively trained and highly skilled in cosmetic eyelid surgery and other facial plastic surgery techniques.
While eyelid surgery is very safe, it requires an experienced hand in order to achieve a satisfying result and prevent a poor outcome. Lower eyelid surgery in particular is a very delicate procedure, while upper eyelid surgery can be overdone, creating a constantly “surprised” look. With both an aesthetic eye and knowledge of medically sound practices, Dr. Dutton can help you achieve a natural look.
Benefits of Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
- Tighten drooping upper eyelids
- Reduce puffiness in the upper eyelids
- Smooth wrinkles in the upper eye area
- Improve volume loss in the eye area
- Simultaneously improve the eyebrow position
- Reduce bags under the eyes
- Smooth wrinkles under the eyes
- Tighten sagging skin under the eyes
- Improve volume loss, dark circles, and “hollows” under the eyes
- Improve the function of a drooping eyelid
The Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Procedure
During eyelid surgery, excess fat and skin may be removed and volume loss restored to switch the focus from a “tired,” “old,” or “angry” eyelid to the beauty of the eye itself. Upper eyelid incisions are generally placed in the creases of the eyelid so that scars are never seen.
Lower eyelid incisions can often be concealed inside the lower lid or well-camouflaged in a normal crease.
The procedure may often be performed under local anesthesia, or in some cases under sedation or general anesthesia.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you may go home the same day. If you experience any pain after your surgery, you can take over-the-counter or prescription medications to ease the discomfort. We will provide ointment or eye drops to prevent infection and speed healing. We might also advise that you sleep upright for a few nights in order to reduce swelling.
Most patients take about a week off from work for the recovery period. You can expect some bruising, swelling, and tenderness for a few weeks. Any bruising can be covered with makeup. When the healing process is complete, you will see firmer skin and a more youthful appearance around the eyes.