Upper and Lower Lid Blepharoplasty Surgery
Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) is the procedure that improves the aged appearance of the eyelids. It may be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to remove excess skin and protruding fat.
Upper lid blepharoplasty surgery will remove the excess fat and wrinkled, drooping skin of the upper eyelids that can make you look tired or sad. Fat and skin are removed through a well-hidden incision placed in the upper lid crease, which is a natural fold in the skin.
Lower lid blepharoplasty surgery will remove or reposition the excess fat (“bags” under your eyes) and tighten the skin to give you a more rested, youthful appearance. The incisions and approach are tailored to each individual patient based on which features need to be addressed. In many cases, the incision is placed on the inside of the eyelid, which is not visible at all. When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Sidle, he will review your surgical plan with you in detail.
What is Pinch Blepharoplasty?
A “Pinch Blepharoplasty” is a minimally invasive technique in which only the excess skin is addressed. Because the incisions are made in natural skin folds of the eyelids just below your eyelashes, they are nearly invisible after the healing process is complete.
What you can expect after surgery?
Sutures are generally removed within 5-7 days. Healing time is minimized by careful surgical technique. In most cases, this surgery can be performed in our office’s procedure room under light sedation. It may also be performed as an outpatient surgery in the operating room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Slight bruising and swelling will typically resolve in less than 1 week.
Why choose Dr. Sidle for your blepharoplasty surgery?
Dr. Sidle believes in a conservative approach to blepharoplasty. By avoiding excessive removal of tissue, he is able to decrease the risk of complications and prevent an unnatural “wide-eyed” or hollowed appearance after surgery. As with all of his surgical procedures, Dr. Sidle strives for an improved but natural appearance. Depending on your goals, blepharoplasty can be performed by itself or in conjunction with a facelift or browlift to rejuvenate the aging face.
Experience Matters. As a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Northwestern with special expertise in rejuvenation of the eyes and face, Dr. Sidle can provide you with an individualized plan to restore a more youthful appearance to your face. Call our office for a one-on-one consultation.
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