Eyelid Lift in Chicago, IL

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About Eyelid Surgery

A person's eyes are a beautiful feature of the face that deserves to be showcased. But sometimes an excess of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering facial appearance. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Saeed Chowdhry performs eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the lower or upper eyelid, creating a younger and awakened facial appearance. Many men and women receive eyelid surgery at SAC Plastic Surgery to eliminate saggy eyelids, leading to improved functionality and facial appearance. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you want to learn more about refreshing your appearance with eyelid lift surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chowdhry at his practice in Oak lawn, IL.

Ideal Candidates

Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is performed on both women and men. At your first visit, treatment options will be explained by Dr. Chowdhry based on your areas of concern and aesthetic goals. Generally, ideal candidates complain of excess, drooping skin, and folds that exist on the top eyelid, or bloated skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional difficulties and visual obstruction that can get in the way of normal, everyday activities. For a more awake look, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate surgery for you. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelid and puffiness under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to provide you with a more youthful appearance.

Surgical Technique

Depending on the type and complex nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be provided. This cosmetic procedure may be performed on the top eyelid alone, on or beneath the bottom eyelid, or on both of the eyelids.

  • Upper
    Upper eyelid surgery assists in decreasing the folds of skin that impair vision to produce a more awakened and appealing look. The incision point is often placed along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.
  • Lower
    Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to improve puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is carefully made along the lash line to surgically remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. Sometimes, a nonsurgical laser procedure may be incorporated to help with discoloration, while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.

What to Expect

Bleph of the upper or lower eyelid can take up to two hours depending on whether one or both eyes are treated. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can assist in reducing discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The outcomes from eyelid surgery may last a decade or longer but cannot put a stop to the natural aging process. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at SAC Plastic Surgery (such as fillers) can be added to your treatment plan to create a youthful appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty costs will vary based on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. After your tailored surgical plan is created during your initial consultation, Dr. Chowdhry can go over cost estimates with you. For results that look natural and last for many years, it's better to concentrate on choosing an experienced plastic surgeon rather than looking for the lowest cost. To help you afford great results, SAC Plastic Surgery accepts several payment methods including low-interest financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When hanging skin is affecting your sight, your insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please talk to Dr. Chowdhry during your consultation if you are considering applying for an insurance claim. A team member at SAC Plastic Surgery can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. Generally, insurance will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery doesn't just help to rejuvenate your face, it can also give you other benefits. You may discover your vision field is greater once hanging skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It is also easier to put on eyeshadow and other makeup when your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) might be better corrected with a brow lift or facelift because the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be performed with a nonsurgical treatment like BOTOX, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, may help to add volume for a smoother appearance. During your initial consultation, Dr. Chowdhry will develop your personal treatment plan to fit your goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures plus injectable treatments (for example, Restylane, Juvéderm, and BOTOX) may give you mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe skin laxity or would like to see results that last a long time, eyelid surgery may be a better fit. After you discuss your goals with Dr. Chowdhry, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He might also recommend both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for ideal results.

Younger-Looking Eyes

If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on your upper eyelids, or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at SAC Plastic Surgery may be the answer for you. This enhancement can allow you to look and feel refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to get in touch with our office in Oak Lawn, IL to schedule a consultation with Dr. Saeed Chowdhry.

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