Eyelid Surgery Can Help You Look Younger

Eyelid surgery in ChicagoThe eyelids are often the first area of the face to show signs of aging. Even if the rest of your face looks youthful and pleasant, you may notice your eyelids start to look tired and prematurely aged starting in your forties and early fifties.

A facial plastic surgery procedure called blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can help shave years off of your appearance. When performed by a surgeon as experienced and gifted as Dr. Michael Byun, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate your entire facial expression, helping you appear youthful, happy and energetic.

What Does Eyelid Surgery Treat?

For most people, around the age of 40, the skin of the upper eyelids starts to thin and lose its elasticity. Loose, saggy skin can conceal the natural fold of the upper eyelid — and in severe cases, droop over the upper lash line, obscuring the line of sight. When the skin of the upper eyelids is thin and wrinkly, it may be difficult to apply makeup to the upper lids.

The lower eyelids are similarly affected. The skin of the lower lids may sag so low that the white portion of the eyes beneath the irises are revealed. Moreover, the natural layer of fat surrounding the eyelids can also slip out of place, collecting beneath the eyes and contributing to the appearance of puffy “bags.” These bags can create shadows that appear to be dark circles or half-moons.

During eyelid surgery, Dr. Byun removes redundant skin from the upper and/or lower lids, tightening the remaining skin and removing or repositioning excess fat around the eyes. In some upper eyelid procedures, Dr. Byun can eliminate vision problems related to overhanging skin.

Treatment Details

If you are generally healthy, understand what eyelid surgery can accomplish and maintain a positive outlook, eyelid surgery is likely for you.

The procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home shortly after surgery. Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia are used, depending on the scope of treatment.

The incisions for upper eyelid surgery are usually made deep in the crease of the lids, situated in such a way that scarring is virtually invisible. The incisions for lower eyelid surgery can be created in the natural creases just beneath the lash line or on the inside of the lower eyelid.

After surgery, patients usually have mild swelling and bruising for several days. Depending on how your eyelids heal, you may be able to resume work after a few days, concealing any residual bruising with makeup. Dr. Byun will monitor your recovery closely and advise when it is safe to go back to work, exercise and your normal routine.

For more information about looking younger and more rested with eyelid surgery, please contact Dr. Michael Byun today.