Sagging, drooping eyelids can add years to a person’s appearance as well as undermine their self-confidence. In specific instances, severe drooping can even compromise an individual’s ability to see their surroundings. At Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, Dr. Dutton offers blepharoplasty, cosmetic eye lifts that eliminate unwanted skin surrounding the eye, restoring a naturally youthful appearance.
For your eye lift (blepharoplasty) consultation, contact Dr. Dutton at the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is an outpatient surgical procedure designed to eliminate excess skin that can occur around the eyes as we age. Without treatment, patients with drooping or sagging eyelids had few recourses to hide the large bags and loose skin that can develop below and above the eyes, respectively.
This procedure specifically targets:
- Loose or sagging skin that disrupts the natural shape of the upper eyelid
- Fatty deposits that develop in the upper and lower eyelid
- Bags beneath the eyes
- Severely drooping lower eyelids
- Extra skin or wrinkles that appear in the lower eyelid
Treatment recreates a youthful appearance by removing excess skin and fat, correcting volume loss, and significantly reducing the aged appearance of surrounding tissues, restoring a youthful look. By the end of recovery, patients enjoy taut, smooth skin that allows them to look refreshed. Best of all, the results are long-lasting.
Types of Eye Lifts Available at Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago
There are two distinct methods of blepharoplasties for the upper and lower eyelid, which exhibit differing side effects of aging and require a unique approach to create best possible results. At Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, Dr. Dutton recognizes the diverse needs of his patients and is proud to offer both options at his locations in Oak Brook and Tinley Park.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Ideal for men and women with drooping upper eyelids, this eye lift reduces loose skin from upper eyelids, effecting smoothing skin in the area. Excision of tissue corrects loss of volume and firmness in the eye area and can simultaneously enhance the eyebrow position. While top eye lifts are a cosmetic procedure, they can become medically necessary when the upper lid impairs vision.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Much like an upper eye lift, cosmetic eyelid surgery for the lower eyelid is recommended for both men and women who look prematurely aged due to puffy eye bags and excess fat deposits. This procedure is primarily designed to reduce bags under the eyes while smoothing wrinkles that appear under the eyes. By tightening sagging skin, Dr. Dutton can effectively create a more youthful appearance, so patients look energized and refreshed.
Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgeon
While eyelid surgery is safe, it requires the care of an experienced professional to achieve a satisfying result. Surgically altering the delicate tissue around the eye is a complicated procedure. Both areas of the eye are quite delicate, when the upper eyelid surgery is overtreated, patients can be left with a constantly surprised look.
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.
Preparing for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery with Dr. Dutton
As with any other surgery, preparing for blepharoplasty starts with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dutton. During this visit, our Chicago specialist discusses your medical history and ensures this procedure is the correct solution for your cosmetic concerns. In some patients, drooping upper eyelids may be caused by excess skin in the forehead or relaxed muscles, which require additional care to alleviate.
To ensure you receive appropriate treatment, Dr. Dutton provides an extensive examination, which can include imaging with advanced technologies. In the long-run, we believe that the more informed a patient is, the more effective their treatment is. During the consultation, our Chicago surgeon is happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure, recovery, and cost.
For the best results, cosmetic eyelid surgery is recommended for healthy patients that have no medical conditions that would hinder recovery. Smokers or individuals with severe eye conditions may require a different procedure to achieve their desired results.
What to Expect During Your Blepharoplasty
On the day of your cosmetic eyelid surgery, you’ll be brought into the office by a friend or family member. During the pre-surgery workup, our staff will provide you with post-surgery instructions and medications. Depending on your comfort level, Dr. Dutton may administer a local anesthetic or sedation to ensure your experience is pain-free.
During surgery, the incision line is made for optimal removal of fat deposits and excess skin. For upper eye lift surgery, these are usually hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, this can be done just under the lower lash line or on the inside order of the lower eyelid.
After the incision is made and excess skin removed, the surgical area is sealed with sutures or skin glue before being covered. Patients are then driven home to rest and recover.
Recovering from Blepharoplasty
As with many other cosmetic procedures, prospective patients have many questions regarding the recovery process. To aid interested individuals in their decision-making process, we’ve answered a few of the most common questions we receive from blepharoplasty patients below.
How soon can I go back to work?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, allowing the patient to return home the same day. It’s important to remember that everyone heals differently. Depending on your body’s unique healing process, you may need to take up to a week off from work to ensure you have enough time to rest before returning to your busy schedule.
Do I need to take medication after treatment?
Following your blepharoplasty, infection prevention is critical to protecting results. After your surgery, we’ll provide you with prescription eye drops to help prevent any infection as well as encourage healing. Dr. Dutton may also recommend that you sleep upright to reduce swelling.
How long is the recovery period?
Recovery depends on every patient. While some can heal quickly, others may take longer. While patients are usually able to return to work about a week after treatment, they may still experience slight bruising, swelling, and tenderness near the surgical area for several weeks. The bruising can usually be covered with light makeup foundation.
When will I be able to enjoy my results?
Most patients enjoy their full results within two to three months following their procedure.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery in Chicago with Dr. Dutton
At Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, Dr. Dutton specializes in providing patients with world-class care in all phases of their treatment plan. If puffy, sagging tissue around your eyes is keeping you from feeling confident, contact our Chicago plastic surgery today and schedule your consultation. With locations in Oak Brook and Tinley Park, Dr. Dutton welcomes patients throughout the region. Contact our team to get started.