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Blepharoplasty
Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure that improves the appearance of the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. The results of blepharoplasty yield a smoother, better-defined eyelid and a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.

Blepharoplasty is a very delicate surgery that requires a thorough understanding of the anatomy of not only the eyelid but also the eye. Every plastic surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago is licensed, board-certified, and maintains a mastery of the intricacies of eyelid surgery.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY?

Blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the area around both above and below your eyes, improving appearance and functionality. Consider blepharoplasty if any of the following apply to you:

  • Looking tired and dark bags under the eyes
  • Excess skin of the lower eyelid
  • Loose or folding skin of the upper eyelid
  • Fatty deposits in the eyelid that give a puffy appearance
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Vision impairment from hooding of the upper eyelid

Sometimes an issue that seems to be caused by the eyelids is actually a symptom of another problem in the eyebrows or forehead. Always consult with your doctor to get a thorough evaluation of your facial anatomy before making the decision to have a blepharoplasty.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CONSULTATION

During a consultation, your plastic surgeon should discuss all possible treatment options and the potential associated risks. Another procedure might better remedy the problem area, such as a brow lift or forehead lift, so be sure to get a full facial evaluation before deciding on any particular procedure.

Be prepared to discuss your medical history, allergies, medications, preexisting conditions, and previous surgeries with your doctor during a consultation. Make sure you understand the complete process and recovery before undergoing blepharoplasty surgery.

HOW IS BLEPHAROPLASTY PERFORMED?

After general anesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision, the site of which depends on the type of blepharoplasty being performed. If the correction is in the upper eyelid, the incision is made within the natural crease of the lid to conceal any resulting scars. This site also allows the plastic surgeon to remove or reposition fatty deposits, tighten muscles, or remove excess skin.

In lower blepharoplasty, the incision is typically made at the lower lash line, just below the eye, and on the inner aspect of the lower lid. Depending on the nature of the correction, fatty deposits may be removed or repositioned, muscles may be tightened, or excess skin may be removed.

Incisions are closed with both resorbable and non-resorbable sutures. An antibiotic ointment is then applied after the procedure is completed.

RECOVERY AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY

As an outpatient procedure, blepharoplasty patients are usually released the same day of surgery. Initial healing will involve some discomfort, swelling, irritation, and dry eyes. Be sure to take any prescribed medications to avoid infection, and follow all instructions from your doctor. Sutures can be removed around one week after the procedure. We’ll provide you with more in-depth instructions that you should adhere to in order to achieve the best results possible.

POTENTIAL RISKS OF BLEPHAROPLASTY

There are always potential risks involved with any surgery or procedure that requires anesthesia, so discuss these with your doctor before deciding to undergo blepharoplasty surgery. Potential risks associated specifically with eyelid surgery include:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Infection
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • “Lid lag” (a tugging sensation on the lower lid, which is often temporary)
  • Temporary or sometimes permanent changes in vision
  • Difficulty closing your eyes

Be sure that the surgeon performing the procedure is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and that the surgery is being carried out in an accredited surgical facility.

WHAT DOES BLEPHAROPLASTY COST?

Although costs will vary according to geographic area and specific procedure type, the general cost of blepharoplasty in the United States is around $3,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago always provides a detailed breakdown of costs after an initial consultation. If the reason for undergoing eyelid surgery is a functional one, your health insurance provider may cover some of the cost. You should contact your insurance company before scheduling an appointment with us.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

If you believe you might be a candidate for blepharoplasty, contact us today for a consultation. Our professional staff and knowledgeable doctors will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have, and we will never perform a procedure unless we know it is the absolute best course of treatment for you.

All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.

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Midterm follow-up on this lovely #rhinoplasty patient who wanted nasal surgery to improve her nasal breathing but also to improve the aesthetics of the nose. Fixing the crooked nose is a challenge in rhinoplasty and on the bird’s eye view, you can visualize improvement in the dorsal aesthetic lines. Dorsal aesthetic lines are two curvilinear light reflex lines that travel from the inner eyebrow to the tip of the nose on frontal view. On profile view you can see a nice profile with the dorsal hump removed. Posted with permission.

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Honored to lead the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons (MAPS) as president for 2021-2022 with this group of esteemed colleagues on the board with me. MAPS is a plastic surgery society that was founded in 1961 to foster the development of plastic surgery in the Midwest region and involves plastic surgeons and plastic surgery programs from the states of Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. We are currently planning our annual meeting which will take place in Chicago on May 20-21st. The meeting will have renowned plastic surgeons from all over the United States to share ideas and to advance our specialty forward.

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Happy for this mother of 2 who wanted to improve the contour and aesthetics of her abdomen and waist with an #abdominoplasty or #tummy tuck. After children, women can experience rectus diastasis or separation of the abdominal muscles as the uterus expands. During a tummy tuck, plastic surgeons will address this separation by stitching the muscles back together. In the post-operative photos you can visualize the muscles re-positioned more centrally. Additionally, we will perform liposuction, remove excess abdominal skin and re-set the belly button. Posted with permission.

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Asian upper blepharoplasty or “double eyelid surgery” is a variation of an upper eyelid lift or upper blepharoplasty procedure where the upper eyelid crease is raised and more defined. Additionally, the epicanthal fold or skin that covers the inner corner of the eye can be removed depending on the patient’s goals. The goal of this surgery is not to necessarily create an occidental appearing eye but to maintain the patient’s features and create the appearance that the eye is larger and more refreshed. Posted with permission.

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Six month follow-up on a natural #otoplasty procedure or #earpinning procedure. Plastic surgeons board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have pioneered the techniques used today for ear pinning surgery. The surgery entails improving the definition of the ears and setting the ears closer to the scalp. The patient reports feeling more confident in the size, shape, and symmetry of his ears in social and work settings. Posted with permission.

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6 month follow up on a #malerhinoplasty patient who wanted his dorsal hump removed, the nose straighter, and the tip less bulbous. The patient underwent a #primaryrhinoplasty where the dorsal hump was removed, the entire nose was straightened, and the tip refined. Pay close attention to the tip of the nose, in male rhinoplasty we try to avoid over rotating the nose or making the tip “upturned”. This maneuver feminizes the nose. Posted with permission.

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This patient is 3 months from a breast augmentation with gel implants. The patient’s goals were to go from an A cup to a D cup but to still look natural. In the post-operative photos you can see that the patient has improved volume, more projection, and a natural result that fits her frame. Posted with permission.

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Happy for this patient who wanted to look and feel more rested and youthful. The patient underwent a lower facelift and neck lift to improve the aesthetics of the lower 1/3 of the face and neck. In the post-operative photos you can see improvement in the jowls, the contour of the jawline, and the neck. Posted with permission.

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Just a little hi def liposuction and abdominal etching before sweater weather.

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Happy for this patient who wanted to look less tired, more youthful, and natural. The patient underwent an upper and lower #blepharoplasty or #eyelid lift. In the post-operative photos, you can see improvement in the “bags” under the eyes, the deep crease between the eyelids and cheek, and loose skin. Posted with permission.

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Challenging #rhinoplasty in a thick-skinned patient with a lot of things to address. The patient wanted a reduction in the dorsal hump, a straighter nose, and a smaller nose over all. The patient underwent a dorsal hump reduction, the nose was medialized, and the tip de-projected or pulled closer to the face and refined. Still her nose that fits her ethnicity but more balanced and refined. Posted with permission.

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This mother of 2 wanted a #mommymakeover to get her pre-baby body back plus more. The patient underwent a #BBL and breast augmentation. In the post-operative photos you can see the snatched waist, the abdominal etching, and improved contour of the hips and buttock. Posted with permission.

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Happy for this mother of 3 who wanted improvement in the size, shape, and symmetry of her breasts. The patient underwent a breast augmentation with 400 cc gel implants. In the post-operative photos you can see restoration of volume and improved shape and symmetry. Posted with permission.

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My fellow Chicago Booth alumni will appreciate this post. It was a great night for the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons where we had Professor Jean-Pierre Dube speak about “The Chicago Booth Approach to Pricing”. Dr. Dube is the James M. Kilts Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and he is the director of the Kilts Center for Marketing. Dr. Dube discussed strategies on how to use marketing models and analytics to price medical services and medical products.

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I don’t usually post rhinoplasty results this early but she was looking so good so early that I had to share. This patient with thick skin is 6 weeks out from a primary ethnic rhinoplasty but already showing a positive impact from the surgery despite the long road to recovery. Posted with permission.

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Not getting the gym gains you want? Your plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery can help. This patient underwent hi-def liposculpting and abdominal etching to improve the contour and aesthetics of his abdomen and waist. Posted with permission.


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This is a great case to highlight the importance of evaluating the chin with the nose in all rhinoplasty cases. Look at the video and focus on the nose, watch it a second time and focus on the chin, and then watch it a third time and focus on the nose and chin or the whole face. For the rhinoplasty, most of the work was focused on the nasal tip. For the chin, a reduction genioplasty was performed to narrow, lower, and set the chin back. Posted with permission.

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