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Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty Can Make You Look Years Younger

Your eyes are the most noticed feature of your face. It's where "the love light shines." Where "humor twinkles." And where "anger flashes." Your eyes make an instant statement about your personality, your age, and the condition of your health.

But your eyes also tell tales about you, "Bags" under your eyes make you look old. Droopy eyelids can make you look perpetually tired, and if eyelids droop excessively, your vision can be obscured.

If you are considering the benefits of Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery, we invite you to learn more about Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of Chicago's Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute. This simple cosmetic operation can make a dramatic improvement in the way you look to others and how you feel about yourself.

INTRODUCTION

The eyes are the windows to the soul, and it is the appearance of the eyes that make you look bright, tired, or dull. Eyelids can be reshaped to correct an appearance you were born with or one that merely develops due to age. Droopy upper eyelids and baggy lower eyelids can easily be corrected through one of several forms of blepharoplasty.

TECHNIQUE

There are many forms of upper and lower lid blepharoplasty. Upper lid blepharoplasty is usually based on the elimination of excess skin from the upper eyelid. There is also the careful reduction of one of the fat pockets of the upper eyelid. Sutures are then used to close the incisions and the new eyelid shape is created.

In the lower eyelid, excess skin is seldom the problem. Usually there's too much fat bulging from one of three pockets within the lower lid. This can be approached through an incision just beneath the eyelashes (the open approach) or just on the inside surface of the eyelid (the transconjunctival approach). Excess skin can be removed by cutting it away or by treating it with a skin resurfacing laser. The procedure is often performed under local anesthesia with intravenous anesthesia or twilight sleep. The procedure can also be completed under general anesthesia for the patient's comfort.

Droopy conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allowing repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess skin.

 

 

Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed.

 

 

A transconjunctival incision, one hidden inside the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat.


Other Procedures Performed by Dr. David Ross:


Blepharoplasty
- Eyelid surgery improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. It gives a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.


Upper Eye Lift
- Upper lid blepharoplasty can improve two common problem areas: 1.) excess skin on the upper eyelid itself, often called "hooding of the upper lid, and 2.) puffiness in the inner corner and middle of the upper eyelid caused by herniation (pushing forward) of fat.

Lower Eye Lift - Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is used to remove the fat deposits and loose skin that may form on the lower eyelids with age. Many factors, including heredity and sun damage, accelerate these changes. Younger people also elect to have this procedure done to eliminate puffiness of the eyes from congenital excess fatty tissue.

Eyelid Bags - An eyelid tuck is performed to correct hooded upper lids and to eliminate bags and smooth the skin under the eyes.

Dark Circles under Eyes - Bleaching agents are somewhat helpful to improve dark circles.

Droopy Eye Lid Surgery - Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-ro-plas-te) is surgery to repair droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat. As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing drooping upper lids and bags under your eyes.

Brow Lift - Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose; improves what are commonly referred to as frown lines; and repositions a low or sagging brow.

Endoscopic Brow Lift - With the browlift procedure, there is no long scar, no cutting of skin, no 'pulling back' on the forehead skin, and no hair loss. The basis of the procedure is altering the balance between brow depressors and brow elevators.

Double Eyelid Surgery - Asian Blepharoplasty, also known as "Double Eyelid Surgery," is a type of cosmetic surgery where the skin around the eye is reshaped (blepharoplasty). The purpose of the procedure is to create an upper eyelid with a crease (i.e. "double eyelid") from an eyelid without a crease (i.e. "single eyelid") that is common in the Asian population.

Asian Blepharoplasty - Asian Blepharoplasty is also known as Double Eyelid Surgery.


Before You Elect to Undergo Blepharoplasty Have All your Questions Answered:

 

The following are questions most frequently asked by patients considering Blepharoplasty, or Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery. We hope the questions and answers clear up your concerns. But, this page is only a brief introduction to the operation and is not a substitute for a personalized consultation with a surgeon at our center. To get all your questions answered, we suggest that you call Board Certified Dr. David A. Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Insitute for a personal consultation. There are 4 convenient locations, Chicago, Oak Brook, Naperville, and Arlington Heights, Illinois.


1. What is Blepharoplasty?


Its cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess and wrinkled skin from the eyelids. In addition, it can restore normal lid contour by eliminating "bags" under the eyes, these tired-looking bags are caused by fatty deposits, under the eyes, that push out against the skin. When the fatty deposits are removed, the face looks more relaxed and youthful.

2. Does Blepharoplasty remove dark circles around the eyes?

Dark circles aren't helped by Blepharoplasty, but the problem may be improved by a bleaching technique called Chemical Peel. This process is a controlled superficial burn over the dark areas. As the bum heals, it bleaches out the pigment causing the dark circles. Chemical Peel is an independent procedure usually applied two or three months after Blepharoplasty.

3. Can Blepharoplasty be performed in conjunction with other facial cosmetic surgery?

Yes, and it is most commonly combined with Rhytidectomy (Facelift).

4. At what age is Eyelid Surgery normally performed?

By their mid-thirties, many people age enough around the eyes to justify surgery. However, some individuals in their twenties demonstrate significant "bags" that can be alleviated by this operation.

5. Is hospitalization required?

Very rarely, This surgery is always performed by Board Certified, Dr. David A. Ross on an outpatient basis here at the Chicago Illinois clinic.

6. Does the surgery leave visible scars?

Two factors affect scaring: the skill of your surgeon and the healing ability of your body. So you could have expert surgery and still end up with visible scarring because wound healing varies from patient to patient. However, Dr. David A. Ross strategically places his incisions to minimize scarring and takes infinite care to hide any potential scars; Incisions for eyelid surgery are made in the upper eyelid crease and just beneath the lashes of the lower lid where women apply eyeliner. Scars created by these incisions fade to near invisibility.

7. Is there much pain after surgery?

Surprisingly, the surgery is almost painless and very minimal analgesia is required after the operation.

8. How soon will I look presentable after surgery?

Sutures are removed three to five days after surgery. A bruised appearance lasts ten days to two weeks, but cosmetics can hide the bruises and can be safely applied 5 days after surgery. On the average, most people look quite presentable after two weeks with a minimum of cosmetic cover-up. During the initial healing process, sunglasses will neatly conceal any problem areas.

9. When can I return to work?

Usually, within three to five days.

10. When can I exercise again?

Most people can exercise within 2 weeks after the operation

11. Are there any surgical complications?

Serious complications are rare. Occasionally, patients experience a reduced ability to generate tears but artificial tear drops can correct this temporary problem. Rarely, a taut, pulled appearance results in the lower eyelid and corrective surgery is required to release the pull. The most common complication is small cysts that may appear in the scars. These are easily removed by Dr. David A. Ross in his Chicago office.

12. Does the operation need to be repeated?

The fatty deposits and baggy appearance generally do not return. However, within five to seven years, eyelid skin may age further and become lax enough for additional surgery.

13. Will medical insurance cover this surgery?

Generally not, except in cases where redundant upper lid skin obstructs vision on a visual field test.

14. Before I agree to surgery, can you show me how it will change my appearance?

Yes, Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross has a computer method that will show how you look before surgery and approximately how you'll look after surgery. Through Computer Imaging he can project your present eyelid appearance onto a video screen and then electronically create an image of how Blepharoplasty may improve your appearance. This will help you visualize the goals of Eyelid Surgery and its limitations. However the computer image does not represent a guarantee of the results from actual surgery. Schedule a personal consultation with Chicago Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Oakbrook, Naperville, or Arlington Heights, Illinois.

RISKS AND POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS

No procedure is without risk and this includes blepharoplasty. The most common problems include bleeding and swelling. Problems with the skin incisions and eyelid distortion are uncommon. All patients must be fully evaluated to ensure that they are not at extra risk of problems. Blindness is a catastrophic potential complication and is extremely rare.

DISCLAIMER

Though the above descriptions of upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) are accurate, they are incomplete. The determination that you are a candidate for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), form of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and the cost of eyelid/eyelift surgery is best made through a consultation with Chicago Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located here in Chicago, Oakbrook, Naperville or Arlington Heights, Illinois. Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross can analyze your facial features, access your aesthetic desires, and make a plan how to achieve your aesthetic best.