How Blepharoplasty Opens and Refreshes the Eyes

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the U.S., and is a relatively minor procedure that gets very effective results. For many individuals, the effects of aging on the eyelids result in puffy bags; loose, excess skin below the eyes, or droopy and hooded upper eyelids. These issues can be addressed with blepharoplasty, which removes excess fat, skin, and muscle from the lower and upper eyelids. The end result is a firmer, more rested, and ultimately more youthful appearance. 

What Eyelid Surgery Can Treat

  • Sagging skin and puffiness of the eyelids
  • Excess skin that blocks vision
  • Fine lines around the eyes
  • Under-eye bags/fat pockets
  • Lower eyelids that show white under the iris
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How is Eyelid

Surgery Performed?

When receiving eyelid surgery in Chicago at our accredited, state-of-the-art surgical center, your procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation if you would prefer this to general anesthesia. Our office is attached to a state-of-the-art, accredited surgical center next door where we perform surgeries. During your consultation with us, we will discuss whether you would like upper eyelid surgery only; lower eyelid surgery only; both together, and/or any other procedures done at the same time. The surgery doesn’t hurt, thanks to the anesthetic. Depending on the combination of procedures you choose to have done, blepharoplasty takes approximately 2-3 hours. 

In upper eyelid surgery, an incision is created in a natural fold of the upper eyelid, where it will be hidden once healed. Using this incision, sagging upper eyelid skin and excess fat will be removed. 

In lower eyelid surgery, the incision is created just under the lower eyelashes within the natural crease lines, or sometimes inside the lower eyelid (if only fat needs to be removed). Through this incision, excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed to reduce puffiness under the eyes. In addition, fat and loose muscles may be adjusted. 

For appropriate candidates, Dr. Bayran can make a surgical incision on the inside of the eye to minimize scarring and downtime.

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What Does Recovery Involve?

  • Approximately one week of recovery
  • Keep your head elevated during recovery to minimize swelling
  • Eyelids may feel tight, sore, sticky, blurry, light sensitive, and/or dry during recovery
  • Eyelids may be swollen, leaky, and/or discolored during recovery 
  • Expect bruising that subsides within one week
  • Take it easy the first few days after surgery
  • Sutures are removed in about five days 
  • Do not wear contact lenses for three weeks 
  • Do not exercise until we advise you to
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What Results to Expect

Although early results will be visible a few weeks following your blepharoplasty, residual swelling and bruising can take a month to fade. Your scars will be concealed once the incisions have healed, and your results will be permanent. 

Non-Surgical Options

for Rejuvenating the Eyes

A pioneer in non-invasive procedures, Dr. Bayran may choose to use an array of non-surgical treatment options—either in place of or as a complement to surgery—to achieve eyelid rejuvenation. These options include Thermage® radiofrequency skin tightening of the eyes, brow, and forehead; Botox® to reduce lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet; injectable fillers to lift the brow, and fractional laser treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for overall textural improvement. If a more aggressive treatment plan is warranted, Renuvion® helium plasma resurfacing can produce significant improvements in deep eye wrinkles, sun damage, pores, and scars in a single treatment.

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Candidates for Blepharoplasty

If you’re interested in rejuvenating your eyes with blepharoplasty in Chicago or the surrounding area, you may be an excellent candidate. Individuals who make great patients for this procedure are those who:

  • Want a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance around the eyes
  • Are unhappy with puffiness or sagging of the upper eyelids  
  • Are unhappy with their under-eye bags 
  • Have excess skin that is impacting their vision
  • Do not have any pre-existing eye conditions
  • Do not have thyroid problems 
  • Are non-smokers in overall good health
  • Have realistic expectations for what blepharoplasty can do
  • Fully understand the procedure and healing process
  • Are willing to follow the instructions we provide for a smooth recovery

Why Choose Beautify at AMS?

Beautify at AMS is a high-end, boutique-style, results-driven medical spa and board-certified plastic surgery center in Chicago. We are a one-stop shop for plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures offering patients a wide range of cosmetic services. We treat each patient like family, offering not only excellent results but also an exceptional experience. If you’re considering eyelid surgery, Chicago’s experts at Beautify at AMS would love to help. Please contact us to set up your consultation to see if it’s the right option for you.

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