Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The eyes are the windows to the soul yet as we age, a variety of changes occur above and below our eyes, conditions for which we may consider eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). 

For example, the skin of the upper eyelids can lose elasticity, the muscles weaken and fat begins accumulating around the eyes, causing “bags” or “puffiness.”  Most people start to notice these changes in their 40’s and early 50’s, but this issue can occur earlier or later in life.  An eyelid lift (upper blepharoplasty) is the most definitive and effective means to refresh the upper eyelid.

Changes to the skin in the lower eyelid region are often the first major signs of facial aging.  In these situations an effective way to rejuvenate and refresh overall facial appearance is through a lower eyelid blepharoplasty – our most popular procedures because of its long-lasting results and striking impact.

Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?

Eyelid lift candidates (upper eyelid blepharoplasty) often possess the following characteristics:

  • Sagging upper eyelid skin
  • Upper eyelid puffiness
  • “Hooded” or heavy upper eyelids
  • Poor visibility of upper eyelid or eyelashes
  • “Tired” appearance
  • Reduced visual field
  • Combination surgery with lower eyelid blepharoplasty
  • Patients seeking “Asian eyelid” modification

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty candidates often possess the following characteristics:

  • Crepey, loose skin under the eyes
  • Tired appearance
  • Lower eyelid puffiness or bags
  • Darkness under the eyes
  • Fine skin wrinkles
  • Irregular contour under the eyes

What sets Drs. Geeta and Mark Been Apart?

No other office in the greater Chicago area can offer the expertise of both facial plastic and oculoplastic surgery disciplines. These sub-specialties are solely focused on the meticulous nature of eyelid and other facial surgeries.

Yet surgical knowledge is only one key component in achieving the desired results. A discerning eye is vital in the decision-making process. Both doctors strive to maintain natural results without being too aggressive or putting patients at risk for complications.

Finally, Dr. Geeta and Dr. Mark want to make this experience about YOU—the goal is to understand each patient’s concerns and create a customized treatment plan that allows for the highest degree of satisfaction. That process begins during your initial consultation where we are very thorough in discussing your goals, and it continues throughout the post-operative time period to optimize results. Both doctors are very involved during the entire process and don’t simply “pass you off” to other staff members.

What to Expect after Eyelid Surgery

Swelling and bruising are the most common and expected developments following the procedure. These issues tend to be worst two to three days after surgery. Keeping your head elevated and applying ice help mitigate the duration and severity. With each passing day and week, the final results become more visible. One week after the procedure, you can resume light activities and apply makeup to the eyelid area. Depending on individual healing characteristics, final results are typically visible within several weeks or months.