Your eyes are the first feature that people notice when they look at you.
If your eyes make you look older than you are, or make you look tired or angry, you may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery at The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa.
Based in Naperville, Illinois, Dr. Bull has helped countless patients look and feel better with eyelid surgery, which is known as blepharoplasty.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess eyelid skin, muscle and fat that gives eyes a tired and puffy appearance. The procedure also helps minimize bags under the eyes.
Having this procedure will give you a more rested and younger look. Excess skin and muscle are removed, and incisions heal in the natural creases of the eyelids so they are nearly invisible.
Other procedures can be added to change the shape of your eyes. Doctor Bull will be happy to discuss these ancillary procedures with you. Eyelid surgery can be performed in combination with other procedures, such as facelifts and brow lifts, to further enhance your results.
This procedure can be done on an outpatient basis using either local anesthesia with sedation, or if combined with other procedures, general anesthesia. The duration of the procedure is from one to three hours, depending on the patient and her or his specific goals and needs.
As with all surgical procedures, there is some discomfort. But our patients have told us that any pain they experienced was surprisingly minimal. Most patients require very little pain medicine after surgery.
Other things to expect after surgery include:
- Lid tightness.
- Blurred vision.
- Sensitivity to wind and light.
These side effects are normal and usually fade away in one to three weeks.
Some common risks associated with eyelid procedures include:
- Eyelid tightness that may prevent the eye from closing completely.
- Ectropion: This is very rare, but is described as a pulling down of the lower eyelids that may require further surgery to correct if it does not resolve.
After surgery, the blepharoplasty patient must not wear contact lenses for two weeks. This allows incisions to heal properly. Doctor Bull usually prescribes a special ointment for the incisions for the first week. He also may ask you to use eye drops to keep the eyes moist while healing.
We find that most patients can resume reading in two days and some patients have returned to non-strenuous work in three to five days. Strenuous activities may be resumed in two weeks.
Results from this surgery usually last many years. In some patients, they are permanent.
This procedure can make a tremendous improvement in the patient’s look, and in certain cases, improve their vision.
We all get older, and as we do, our skin can lose its elasticity. This often leads to saggy skin around your eyelids. And bags and wrinkles can follow.
While eyelid lifts may often be cosmetic procedures, they also promote better sight in patients with obstructed vision. Many older patients have upper eyelids that sag and obscure their vision. So this surgery can have important health and quality of life benefits as well.
Most patients choose this surgery to gain a younger appearance and a more attractive look. Blepharoplasty produces the best results for patients who are non-smokers and do not have pre-existing health issues that may hinder healing.
At The John Bull Center, we find that the vast majority of our patients in the Chicago area are pleased that their surgery has improved their appearance.
If you want to lose bags and wrinkles around the eyes, or if sagging skin is making seeing things difficult, an eyelid lift could help improve your look, and your sight. Contact The John Bull Center today to schedule a consultation and let Dr. Bull help you gain a more youthful and vital look.