Eyelid Surgery

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery can improve the aging appearance to the upper and lower eyelids. Over time, the upper eyelids can develop excess skin and wrinkles; they can droop to cover more of the eye, and they can develop excessive fat in the upper eyelid. The lower eyelids can also develop excessive skin and wrinkles, fat, and lose muscle. The lower eyelids can also develop dark circles and deep folds between the lower eyelids and the cheek.

Why choose Dr. Michael J. Lee for Blepharoplasty in Chicago?

Dr. Lee’s philosophy is to have a natural looking upper and lower eyelid by minimizing too much skin removal or too tight a pull to the lower eyelid while maintaining good function of the eyelids.

Plastic surgery of the eyelids in Winnetka can address one or all of these problems of the upper and lower eyelids. Surgery on the eyelids can be complex and can affect the function of the eyelids. If you are considering surgery, Dr. Lee can explain the different procedures that may benefit you.

Who is a good candidate for Eyelid Surgery in Chicago?

If you have developed aging changes to the eyelids or drooping of the eyelids then you may be a candidate for surgery. There are factors that may increase your risks of complications and one of the main factors is the symptom of dry eyes.

Surgery on the eyelids can increase the risks and symptoms of dry eyes. If you have significant symptoms already, you may not be a candidate for surgery or may need to have a more conservative surgery.

Bleeding problems or medications that thin the blood may also increase your risks of complications as well as overall medical conditions.

What is the recovery process like from Eyelid Surgery in Kenilworth?

The upper eyelids will be bruised and swollen from five days to ten days. There are sutures that need to be removed at five days. The lower eyelids will be swollen or bruised from 7-14 days.

Pain is usually not significant. There may be eye drops that need to be placed for a few days after surgery. Dr. Lee advises patients to sleep with their heads elevated for one week and to use ice packs for 3-5 days.

What are the risks of Eyelid Surgery?

Like any surgery, there are risks of bleeding, infection, and nerve injury. The nerve injury risk is very low because there are not many nerves in the area although there are some nerves that may affect the sensation of the skin.

There are also additional risks which include dry eye problems, tearing, prolonged swelling of the eyelids or scarring of the lower eyelid that can lead to pulling down of the lower eyelid.

What are the types of Eyelid Surgeries?

Eyelid Surgery Diagram 2The upper eyelids can be improved with upper Blepharoplasty in Chicago. Dr. Lee performs three different techniques for the upper eyelid. For those patients with no upper eyelid crease, Dr. Lee performs an invagination Blepharoplasty to create a new crease in the upper eyelid which creates a more refined appearance to the upper eyelid. For those individuals with excessive skin only or skin and fat, a traditional Blepharoplasty can be performed. For those people with ptosis and aging of the upper eyelid, a ptosis repair and Blepharoplasty can be performed.

For the lower eyelids, Dr. Lee prefers the Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty which uses the inside of the lower eyelid to make the incision so there are no incisions on the skin itself. This procedure is most useful in patients with excessive fat and puffiness to the lower eyelid. If the skin is loose as well, it can be removed with a small incision underneath the eyelashes. If necessary, Dr. Lee also performs canthopexies to elevate the lower eyelid itself.

Can Eyelid Surgery be covered by insurance?

When the upper eyelid loses its muscle tone or when the skin is so excessive it blocks the vision of the upper eyelid, insurance will pay for the repair of the muscle or removal of the excessive skin.

Dr. Lee works with an ophthalmologist who can measure the amount of blockage of vision to document this for the insurance companies.

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis of the upper eyelid is when the eyelid is low on the eyeball or pupil. It can be cosmetically unacceptable as well as affect the vision in the eyes. Ptosis may be only on one side or may be in both eyelids.

There are many causes of Ptosis which relate to muscle function, muscle detachment, nerve function or may be congenital. There are tests that are performed to help determine whether surgery can help.

Eyelid Surgery Diagram

Can Eyelid Surgery be performed in the office?

Removal of excessive eyelid skin of the upper or lower eyelid can be performed under minimal or local anesthesia in the office. If the amount of skin is not excessive and there are no problems with ptosis or significant fat, the surgery can be performed in the office.

Can other procedures minimize aging of the eyelids without surgery or incisions?

For the dark circles or deep folds between the lower eyelids and the cheek, hyaluronic acid fillers (JUVEDERM®, RESTYLANE®) can make these less deep and less dark.

Fine wrinkles around the eyes can be improved with BOTOX® injections; the eyebrows can also be elevated with BOTOX®.

Fine and deeper wrinkles can also be improved with chemical peels and laser treatments such as Fraxel.

Contact Dr. Lee today for a Blepharoplasty consultation

If you are interested in Eyelid Surgery, contact Michael J. Lee, M.D. today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.