The Different Types of Eyelid Surgery

On social media and during video calls, your eyes are the first facial aspect people notice about you. Quite naturally, the features surrounding your eyes — including the upper and lower eyelids — play a vital role in projecting how attractive, attentive, and alert you appear. Sunken or droopy eyelids can make you seem tired, sad, or even angry.

With the skin surrounding the eye area being extremely delicate, signs of aging like fine lines, fatty deposits, and sagging skin can be more prominent. In contrast, smoother, well-contoured eyelids can project a youthful, happier, more alert, and attractive appearance.

Unfortunately, aging can also take its toll in this area, and over the years, many of us lose our smooth and well-defined eyelids. To rejuvenate your look, a simple lifting surgery can improve the appearance of your upper lower eyelids.

Learn more about eyelid surgery with Dr. David Dreyfuss by reading this article, then scheduling a consultation by calling (815) 806-9400 or contacting us online.

What Is Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is the blanket term used to describe all types of eyelid surgery. As with all procedures performed by Dr. Dreyfuss, blepharoplasty is never a cookie-cutter experience. Since aging happens differently for everyone, your eyelid surgery may be unique from another patient’s procedure.

Types of Eyelid Surgery

What types of eyelid surgery does Dr. Dreyfuss perform?

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

An upper eyelid lift addresses droopiness, puffiness, and wrinkling, all undesirable features that can make a person look aged, fatigued, or sad.

Dr. Dreyfuss strategically places incisions for upper eyelid surgery within the eyelid crease, making them virtually invisible once healed. Depending on your needs, he can tighten tiny eye muscles, remove excess skin, and reposition or eliminate fat to ensure the most natural-looking results.

Upper eyelid surgery typically takes one to two hours to perform, with a recovery time of about one to two weeks. Aside from improved peripheral vision, patients can expect a more rested, alert, and youthful appearance, with the effects of the surgery lasting for at least eight years.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Muscle elasticity under the eyes diminishes with age, leading to baggy lower eyelids. Dark circles and shadows may also appear, further presenting an aged and gaunt appearance. A lower blepharoplasty improves these issues.

After making an incision in the outer edge of the lower eyelid, just below the lash line, Dr. Dreyfuss then removes excess eyelid skin and fat to create a firmer lower eyelid and improve its shape.

The surgery typically takes one to two hours to perform, with a recovery time of about 10 days to two weeks. As with an upper blepharoplasty, the effects of a lower blepharoplasty should last eight years or more.

Bilateral Eyelid Blepharoplasty

It’s possible to perform upper and lower eyelid procedures separately. However, if you need rejuvenation in both areas, you can opt to combine the surgeries into a bilateral blepharoplasty. The dual procedure reduces the time spent in surgery and recovery and may save you money. Dr. Dreyfuss may recommend this procedure if you have sagging skin in your upper and lower eyelids, refreshing your look for a more proportional, youthful, and alert appearance.

Additional Non-Surgical Treatments

Ask Dr. Dreyfuss for his recommendations on further improving your eyelids’ appearance. Some patients may benefit from the addition of non-surgical treatments, including dermal fillers or Botox®.

Contact Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery to Schedule Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation

Tired-looking eyes? Restore a youthful eyelid appearance with an eyelid lift by contacting us at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery or calling (815) 806-9400 to learn more or schedule a consultation.