Blepharoplasty Procedure

As time goes on, our eyes begin to lose their youthful appearance. The term eye rejuvenation comprises a full spectrum of surgical and non-surgical procedures that restore a vibrant and youthful appearance to the eyes. It is very important that the surgeon customize eye rejuvenation to the patient’s anatomy and age.

Different eye rejuvenation treatments accomplish different goals. For example, for some patients a combination of neurotoxin (Botox) and filler injections will result in significant improvement, while for others surgical correction is a better option.

In this introductory video, Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Alghoul explains types of eyelid surgeries and treatments, including non-surgical eyelid rejuvenation, and what to expect during consultation.

Dr. Alghoul Explains Eyelid Surgery

Top-Rated Chicago Eyelid Surgeon Dr. Alghoul Explains Eyelid Surgery

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Outside factors, including hereditary traits — such as the lack of a distinct upper eyelid crease, often referred to as “monolids” — and certain lifestyle habits, such as sun exposure or smoking, can compound these aesthetic concerns with the eyelids.

Thankfully, Dr. Mohammed Alghoul, a talented plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Northwestern Plastic Surgery, offers a wide variety of eyelid surgery treatment options, from cosmetic blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to reconstructive eyelid repair, that can improve aesthetic and medical concerns related to the eyes, for a rejuvenated, refreshed and happy appearance.

Common Questions About Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the shape of the eyelid. It involves removal of excess skin and fat and some degree of lid tightening. The goal of the procedure is to smooth the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids and give them a more youthful look.

How is the procedure performed?

The procedure is performed through an eyelid incision. The incision is hidden in the crease of the upper eyelid and just under the lash line of the lower eyelid. Lower blepharoplasty can also be performed through an incision hidden on the inside of the lid. The fat bags are either trimmed or repositioned and the excess skin is removed.

Is there much scarring with a blepharoplasty?

Scarring with blepharoplasty is very minimal. The eyelid skin is the thinnest in the body and it heals very well, leaving thin, inconspicuous scars.

At what age is blepharoplasty performed?

Blepharoplasty can be performed on different age groups. Unlike facelift, which is performed in mid-age and beyond, blepharoplasty can be done at a younger age. Undesired features of the upper and lower eyelids can start appearing in the early to mid-twenties. It is not uncommon for individuals in their late twenties and thirties to develop lower eyelid bags or dark circles under the eye.

Will a blepharoplasty rid me of my eye wrinkles?

Blepharoplasty results in significant improvement of eye wrinkles, especially the deep lines. Fine lines and wrinkles, on the other hand, may only partially improve. Fine lines are better treated with skin resurfacing using a laser.

What should I expect postoperatively?

Bruising and swelling last for approximately two weeks. Bruising is worse when blepharoplasty is combined with fat grafting. Lower eyelids usually take longer to recover than upper eyelids. Lower eyelid swelling improves significantly after two weeks; however, residual mild swelling closer to the lash line may persist for another two weeks. The eyes may feel dry and irritated during the first 2 weeks, especially when both the upper and lower lids are done together. It is recommended that patients use artificial tear eye drops to keep the eye moisturized during that period. An ointment containing antibiotics and steroids is also used at bedtime with lower eyelid surgery, to minimize irritation.

You can cover your eyes with sunglasses for the first two weeks when the swelling is noticeable. After that, light makeup can be used and you can engage in social activities. You can start exercising in two weeks doing only 50 percent of your routine workout and go back to 100 percent in seven weeks.

When will my stitches be taken out?

Stitches are removed 7 days after surgery.

When will I be able to see the results?

You will be able to see results towards the end of the first week after surgery. The results will continue to refine over the following two months.

What are the risks involved with blepharoplasty?

Risks of the procedure are minimized by using a very meticulous technique. You should discuss the details and potential risks of the procedure with your surgeon prior to surgery.

What is Asian blepharoplasty?

Approximately 50 percent of Asians do not have an upper eyelid crease. Asian blepharoplasty is a term used to describe upper blepharoplasty procedures performed with the aim of creating an upper lid crease. The procedure involves marking where the ideal crease should be, making an incision along the markings, rearranging the upper lid fat and then closing the incision to create a crease. There are other techniques that rely mostly on external sutures to create a crease.

Contact Dr. Alghoul

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alghoul to discuss your eyelid surgery treatment options, please call (312) 695-3654 or contact us via email.