One of the most popular options to restore youthfulness to the face is eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty.
Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
These unflattering signals of aging cause many Chicagoland patients to seek Drs. Rosenberg and Lambruschi amazing skills at restoring the eyelids to create a youthful, smooth appearance.*
In general, good candidates for eyelid surgery include:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical condition that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for eyelid surgery
- Individuals without serious eye conditions
Remember that the eyelids are part of the face. The appearance of a drooping upper lid may also be due to relaxation of the forehead skin and eyebrow. Sometimes a drooping eyelid is caused by stretching of one of the upper eyelid muscles, the levator. Contact our office today to setup a complimentary consultation where all your questions and concerns can be addressed with our surgeons.
Consultation & Preparing For Surgery
During your consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies, and previous medical treatments and specifically any problems you have had with your eyes
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
- Previous surgeries
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Take photographs
- Discuss your eyelid surgery options
- Recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of eyelid surgery and any potential risks
- Discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
This procedure will be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, and the surgeon will begin by making marks on the natural creases of the eyelids so that incisions can be made with minimum scarring. An incision will be made along the lash line to conceal the scar, and the excess skin, fat and tissue will be trimmed. Your surgeon will use fine sutures to close these incisions upon the completion of the 1 to 3 hour surgery. For more information, you can meet with Dr. Rosenberg or Dr. Lambruschi at their location.
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Risks & Safety
The decision to have eyelid surgery is personal, and you’ll have to decide if this surgery will achieve your goals, and if the potential risks are acceptable. Be sure you understand the surgery and recuperation completely, and don’t hesitate to ask questions.
- The risks include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Swelling and bruising
- Bleeding from the incision lines
- Dryness to the eyes
- Sensitivity to sun or other bright light
- Difficulty closing your eyes
- Ectropion, an outward rolling of the eyelid
- Lid lag, a pulling down to the lower eyelid may occur and is often temporary
- Temporary or even permanent change in vision, and very rare change of blindness
- Change to skin sensation
- Pain, which may persist
- Poor wound healing
- Possible need for revision surgery
- Unfavorable scarring
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon
What To Expect After Your Eyelid Surgery
There may be slight swelling or bruising after this procedure, and our surgeons commonly recommend an ointment for any dryness that may occur following your surgery. Depending on the patient, light dressings may be placed over the treated eyes and slight swelling or bruising can occur. This should be treated with a cold compress and to minimize this your head should always be elevated when lying down. Some patients do require pain medication during the recovery process and experience tearing, double vision, or light-sensitivity in the days following the procedure.
You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your eyes, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
- When will they be removed?
- Are stiched removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
You must practice diligent sun protection and use darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is fully complete.
For more information on the recovery process for eyelid surgery, contact our office today to consult with a surgeon.
The results of eyelid surgery will be long-lasting. Your final results will appear within several weeks, but it may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your results. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover from surgery. As swelling and bruising subside, the results of eyelid surgery will reveal a smooth, better defined eyelid and surrounding region and an alert and rejuvenated appearance.
Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Following your physician’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?
The cost of eyelid surgery may be affected if the patient chooses to have a facelift or brow lift in conjunction with this. All surgeries and procedures are performed at our surgery center rather than an outside facility. We do this in order to be more cost effective for our patients while maintaining the highest standards of quality and control. Drs. Rosenberg and Lambruschi can assess a final price at your complimentary consultation.
Cost may include:
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Medical tests
- Prescriptions for medication
- Surgeon’s fee
Your satisfaction involves more than a fee:
- When choosing a plastic surgeon for eyelid surgery, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.
- Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting an American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) member you can trust. ASPS member surgeons meet rigorous standards:
- Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Complete at least six years of surgical training follow medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
- pass comprehensive oral and written exams
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety each year
- Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
After eyelid surgery, patients experience a refreshed appearance as their eyes once again show their beauty without being hindered by wrinkles and bags. You can see the dramatic difference for yourself in the before and after photos of eyelid surgery patients.*
Drs. Rosenberg and Lambruschi would like to remind you that your comfort with us is just as important as the entire eyelid surgery procedure. Spend some time discussing questions you may have for our surgeons and learning about their extensive experience before choosing to undergo this important surgery with us.
*Results may vary from person to person.