As you grow older, do you notice your eyelids beginning to droop? Are you concerned that sagging eyelids or noticeable undereye bags are making you appear older or more tired than you actually are? Do you want a simple, long-lasting surgical solution that can lift your eyelids and restore a more youthful appearance? If so, you could benefit from eyelid surgery at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL. We are proud to offer this efficient procedure alongside our other top-quality services.
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Referred to as a blepharoplasty in the medical world, eyelid surgery is a type of plastic surgery designed to lift and tighten the skin and remove excess muscles and fat in the upper and lower eyelids. This process creates a more lifted, open appearance and highlights the eyes by removing sagging skin. In the lower eyelids, undereye bags can be removed to make you appear both younger and more refreshed in one simple step. When performed by our talented surgeon, this procedure could show off your eyes, take years off your appearance, and help you achieve your ideal image.
What Are the Benefits?
Apart from surgery, there are very few options for lifting or tightening the eyelid skin. This part of your body is extremely sensitive and, as we grow older, the skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more fragile. Many people notice their eyelids drooping as they grow older, which can cause them to lose confidence in their appearance.
This surgery can lift the skin, remove excess fat, and tighten sagging muscles all at once. The recovery time is relatively short compared to other plastic surgeries, and the results can last 10-15 years with zero maintenance required. Best of all, patients can expect to feel their self-esteem grow once they see their eyelids lifted and begin to enjoy their new appearance.
What Types of Surgery Are Available?
There are two main surgeries available to lift the eyelids and create a younger appearance. For some patients, only one type of surgery is needed to correct their areas of concern. However, some patients could benefit from both techniques, which can be combined and performed in one convenient surgery.
This surgery focuses on the upper eyelid. During the procedure, our surgeon skillfully removes excess skin, fat, and muscles in the top eyelid region. The incision is made in the natural crease of your eyelid to minimize the noticeability of the scar. This procedure can help correct hooded eyes and can be combined with other anti-aging procedures to achieve a dramatic lift in both the upper eyelid and the brows, which both tend to sag due to the aging process.
This eyelid surgery addresses loose skin and fat bulges in the lower eyelid. We all know what it’s like to have bags under our eyes, but as we grow older, these small pockets can become a permanent part of our daily appearance. This surgery carefully removes excess skin and fat to smooth the skin and completely eliminate these bags. The incision is made inside the eyelid to conceal the scar and create a smooth, natural finish.
What Can I Expect From Surgery?
If you choose to pursue this surgery, you can expect a drastic improvement in the appearance of your eyelids. The surgery itself can last 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on which techniques your surgeon uses and whether you are combining both upper and lower blepharoplasties. Your recovery period lasts just 4-6 weeks, and once your eyelids are healed, your results are immediately visible and can last 10-15 years. In general, most patients are candidates for this surgery and can achieve excellent results.
Are Results Permanent?
While there is no permanent solution for the aging process, this surgery can reverse drooping eyelids caused by the aging process and turn back the hands of time. An average surgery can produce results lasting 10-15 years, although some patients experience results lasting over 15 years in total. Your individual results will depend on the severity of your concerns and how carefully you maintain your results by limiting your exposure to the sun, which can cause the aging process to occur more rapidly.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are a man or woman who is unsatisfied with the appearance of your upper or lower eyelids, you could be an ideal candidate for this procedure. In general, you should be physically healthy and able to undergo general anesthesia, which is used to keep you asleep during your surgery. Patients who have bleeding disorders or need to take blood-thinning medications due to a medical condition may not be ideal candidates. In addition, those with medical conditions affecting the eyelids, eyes, or general eye region may not be ideal candidates for this surgery.
If you are unsure of your candidacy for this procedure, our surgeon would be happy to help you evaluate your unique situation and concerns during an initial consultation.
What Is the Procedure Process?
If you’re ready to pursue this surgery and give your eyelids a new lift, our dedicated staff is ready to answer any questions you may have during the procedure process. Here is a general idea of what you can look forward to when you choose our professional office:
Our surgeon will meet with you before you can be scheduled for surgery to evaluate your candidacy for this procedure. This appointment is important as it allows your surgeon to examine your eyelids, review your medical history, and determine whether this treatment is right for you. In addition, he can answer any questions you may have about the surgery, recovery period, or anticipated results. You may have pictures taken of your face and eyelids, which can be compared with your final results once your eyelids heal.
Once you are approved for surgery, your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery. It’s essential that you follow these instructions carefully to ensure optimal results and avoid additional risks and side effects.
Preparing for surgery is relatively easy for most patients. If you are currently taking blood-thinning medications, you will be asked to stop taking these medications before and after surgery to reduce your risk of excessive bleeding and bruising. In addition, we recommend that you stop taking blood-thinning painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and some herbal supplements at least one week before surgery. You should plan to stop drinking alcoholic beverages at least 48 hours before surgery. It’s also important to avoid sunburn or skin irritation in the target area.
If you are an active smoker, you must stop smoking at least two weeks before and after your scheduled surgery. Nicotine can have adverse effects on your body as it heals and, in some cases, can increase your risk of infection and slow the healing process. Our surgeon can provide you with resources if you wish to quit smoking permanently, which is recommended to preserve your health. On the day before your appointment, you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a certain amount of time to prepare for the general anesthesia.
On the day of your appointment, you should have a friend or family member drive you to our office. Your surgeon will be available to answer any questions you may have before your surgery. Once you are ready, you will be given the general anesthesia and will remain asleep for the duration of the procedure. Your surgeon will make the predetermined incisions in the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both eyelids. He will carefully remove any excess muscle or fat under the skin, then remove redundant skin before closing the incision site with tiny stitches and applying a dressing to protect your skin as it heals.
You will be closely monitored for one to two hours after you wake up. Once you are released to return home, your surgeon will provide you with personalized instructions to follow during your recovery. You can then return home with your friend or family member, who should stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery to ensure that your recovery process is well underway.
Since this procedure affects your eyelids, you may have difficulty seeing well for the first few days after surgery due to the dressing on your eyelids. Your surgeon will examine the incision sites one to two days after surgery. He will remove the stitches and dressings as long as the healing process is progressing as anticipated. You should plan to remain at home and rest for at least four days as your body heals. Your surgeon may prescribe a healing ointment to apply to the incision sites daily. In addition, a mild painkiller can be prescribed if needed to alleviate any discomfort.
Most patients can return to work approximately a week after surgery. We recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks or until your surgeon gives you permission to resume these normal activities. In addition, you should plan to avoid direct sun exposure, which could irritate the skin on your eyelids as it heals. After four to six weeks, your eyelids should be fully healed. The incision site scars will continue to fade over the next year and are typically barely noticeable thanks to their discreet placement.
Your initial results will be visible as soon as your surgeon removes the protective dressing, but mild swelling will affect the appearance of your eyelids for one to two weeks after surgery. After this point, you should be able to see your final results, which may improve further as the incision sites heal and the scars fade over time. You should notice that the skin on your eyelids appears tighter and that any drooping, bulging, or sagging skin has been eliminated. This should help highlight your eyes and give you a more youthful, alert, and open appearance.
While it is not possible to stop the natural process of aging, your results will significantly slow the development of signs of aging in the treated area. Your results could last 10-15 years and may be prolonged by practicing good sun protection habits and preventing accelerated aging caused by harmful sun exposure.
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Don’t let signs of aging in your eyelids keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. With eyelid surgery, you can achieve noticeable lift in your eyelids, eliminate drooping lids and undereye bags, and restore your younger appearance. Best of all, the long-lasting results of your surgery can be enjoyed for years to come. To learn more about the transformative power of this cosmetic procedure, contact our team of experts at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you reach your aesthetic goals!