Blepharoplasty: Let’s talk about it

Blepharoplasty at Chicago's Iteld Plastic SurgeryAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, in 2020, blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, was the second most popular plastic surgery procedures — 325,112 performed.

More than half the patients nationwide were over 55 years of age, and the vast majority (86%) women.

Chart of Blepharoplasty patients by age group

Wondering why? Let’s look at what it is and what it treats.

Why Eyelid Surgery

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 sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids, and bags under your eyes. For some patients, their eyelids have become so heavy, they cause vision problems. For others, it’s an aesthetic issue. Regardless of your reason, eyelid surgery rejuvenates the area surrounding your eyes.

What is Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids, giving the upper face a refreshed and younger look. Some patients have me perform it on their upper or lower lids only; for others, I perform the surgery on both upper and lower lids. It repairs droopy eyelids by removing excess skin and, in some circumstance, muscle and fat. Blepharoplasty helps make your eyes appear younger and more alert.

Blepharoplasty can help eliminate:

  • Baggy or droopy upper eyelids
  • Excess skin of the upper eyelids that interferes with peripheral vision
  • Fatty deposits appearing as puffiness 
  • Drooping lower eyelids revealing white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles on the lower eyelid
  • Bags under your eyes

How is it performed

Under general anesthesia, I make incisions in the natural eye creases to avoid visible scars. Then I remove excess skin, muscle, and fat, as needed. When necessary, I reposition the muscles under the eyelids. The goal is to give you a natural, refreshed appearance; not pulled or artificially wild eyed.

Following surgery, your eyelids might feel tight, and you may have some swelling and bruising. Cold packs and acetaminophen will help with any discomfort. You’ll need to have your sutures removed a week after your procedure.

Is Blepharoplasty right for you?

The ideal candidates are patients who are in good health and have realistic expectations about the surgery. Call our patient coordinators at 312.757.4505 or send us an email at info@driteld.com and find out if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery or would like more information. 

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By |December 13th, 2021|Surgical Procedures|Comments Off on Blepharoplasty: Let’s talk about it

About the Author:

Lawrence Iteld, MD is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago, IL. Dr. Iteld is committed to delivering the highest standards of aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgery. He works tirelessly to achieve long-lasting, sustainable results for each patient, delivered with one-on-one personalized care.
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