Understanding Eyelid Surgery

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Understanding Eyelid SurgeryEyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes. The surgery removes excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance. While the procedure is typically performed for cosmetic reasons, it can also improve vision in individuals with sagging upper eyelids that obstruct their vision.

We will explore the various aspects of the surgery, including the types of procedures available, the risks and benefits, and what to expect during recovery. Whether you are considering this surgery for cosmetic or functional reasons, understanding the treatment is essential in making an informed decision about your health and well-being. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about eyelid surgery and whether it may be right for you.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the eyelids. The treatment can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both and is typically done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia.

  • In the upper eyelids, this can help improve the appearance of drooping or sagging skin, making a patient look tired or older.
  • In the lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can help to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags or puffiness.

Several different types of eyelid procedures are available, depending on the individual's needs and goals. For example, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty involves making an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, allowing for the removal of excess fat without leaving a visible scar. Another option is an Asian eyelid surgery, which involves creating a crease in the upper eyelid to make the eyes appear larger and more defined. The method performed depends on the unique condition of each patient. What will work can only be determined by a trained cosmetic specialist.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Benefits of BlepharoplastyEyelid surgery can provide vast improvements for those who suffer from frequent irritation or diminished field of vision due to excess fat and skin around the eyes. Blepharoplasty can improve many aspects of your life, including:

  • Reduced chafing and irritation
  • Helps patients look and feel more youthful and attractive
  • Makeup looks better and stays on longer
  • Provides a more open, welcoming, and approachable look
  • Produces a more flattering eye shape
  • Expanded field of vision
  • Removed years off of one's visual age
  • Reduces self-consciousness and increases self-confidence
  • Reduces lines, creases, and wrinkles in the eye region

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Common Questions Asked About Eyelid Surgery

How Long Does Eyelid Surgery Take?

The duration of eyelid surgery can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and the extent of changes required. Typically, patients can expect the surgery to take up to two hours when operating on both the upper and lower eyelids. During your primary consultation, your specialist will discuss with you how long your eyelid surgery will take and what to expect after the procedure.

Is Eyelid Surgery Painful?

While there may be some discomfort following eyelid surgery, any side effects can generally be managed with pain medication and proper post-operative care. Patients can expect to receive detailed aftercare instructions and will typically have a follow-up appointment with their surgeon within a week of the procedure to remove sutures and assess their progress.

Can I have Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery at the Same Time?

Absolutely it is possible to have both upper and lower eyelid surgery performed at the same time. Your specialist with you customizes your surgical experience to meet your specific needs. Whether you require surgery on one eye to improve symmetry or both upper and lower eyelid surgery, specialists can create a personalized treatment plan to achieve your desired results. Combining the upper and lower eyelid procedures into a single session can also reduce overall recovery time and downtime. The experts are dedicated to helping you identify your needs and achieve rejuvenated eyes through safe and personalized care.

Common Questions Asked About Eyelid Surgery

What Treatments Can be Combined with Eyelid Surgery?

There are various procedures that can be combined with eyelid surgery. Two of the most common treatments are:

Brow Lift

A forehead lift, commonly referred to as a brow lift, is a surgical procedure that lifts the brow and tightens sagging skin above the eyes. This can address a hooded appearance and soften the face by removing creases and wrinkles that contribute to a frustrated or unhappy look. In cases where excess eyelid skin is the primary issue, eyelid surgery may be sufficient. However, if a drooping brow is pushing down into the upper eye, a brow lift may be necessary.


Despite its name, a facelift does not typically address the eyelids. Instead, it is a surgical procedure that can address a variety of age-related changes that may be affecting your appearances, such as wrinkles, hollow cheeks, jowls, or a weak jawline. If you are considering eyelid surgery, you may also want to consider a facelift before or after the procedure to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

The delicate skin around the eyes is often the first area of the face to show signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Both men and women may seek blepharoplasty, a common procedure aimed at reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and bags beneath the eyes, as well as drooping skin above the eyes that can interfere with vision. By tightening and smoothing the skin in the upper and lower eyelids, specialists can help their patients achieve a more youthful and refreshed look. Ideal candidates for this surgery are in good overall health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations for their desired outcome.

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Contact Dr. Dayan for Eyelid Surgery & Other Facial Contouring Treatments in Chicago

If you are interested in Blepharoplasty or another facial contouring/sculpting treatment, contact Dr. Dayan and his team to discuss your various options. He will help you find the ideal treatment for you to improve your condition and get you feeling and looking your best. Schedule a consultation today.

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