Eyelid Surgery Chicago
The eyes are the most expressive part of the face. As they give way to the effects of aging, they can project a tired or sad appearance. Excess skin can obscure the natural fold of the upper eyelids, drooping into the line of sight; or puffiness can develop in or around the lower eyelids. If you have noticed the unpleasant side effects of aging on your eyes, Dr. Robert Galiano can help by performing eyelid surgery on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. The result is a rested, pleasant appearance that projects youth and happiness.
Eyelid Surgery Benefits
Eyelid surgery is designed to address common age-related changes in the eyelid, including the following:
- Excess skin that obscures the natural fold in the upper eyelid
- Skin that droops over the lash line, possibly obstructing vision
- Wrinkled skin on the upper eyelids, possibly making it difficult to apply makeup
- Thin, “crepey” or paper-like skin in the lower eyelids
- Puffiness, dark circles or “bags” that develop under the lower eyelids
- Fine lines or wrinkles around the eyelids
Surgery can address the upper lids, lower lids or both. The specific treatment plan depends on the patient’s individual eyelid concerns and desired cosmetic outcomes.
During a consultation with Dr. Galiano, he will examine your eyes, noting excess skin and fat and lax muscles. You will be asked to describe your ideal results of eyelid surgery. Based on this information, Dr. Galiano will develop a plan of treatment that considers your needs and goals.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure Details
Every operation is tailored to the needs of the individual patient and therefore unique in its own way. Generally, surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with anesthesia. The operation takes approximately one to two hours, depending on the extent of the treatment plan.
During surgery, Dr. Galiano makes tiny incisions on or around the eyelids. If he is treating the upper eyelids, he places the incisions in the natural fold of the lid, so any scarring is concealed by the skin creases. If he is treating the lower lids, he places the incisions just below the lash line so scarring is not visible.
Through the incisions, Dr. Galiano removes excess fat and tissue and re-configures the eyelid skin to create firmer, smoother lids. He may redistribute fat or tighten lax muscles if needed to achieve the desired eyelid contour. Once Dr. Galiano is finished making these modifications, he closes the incisions with small sutures.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
The eye area may be bruised, swollen, tender or numb immediately following surgery. Light sensitivity, double vision and tearing are also common side effects. Over time, the side effects subside and the lids start to look tighter and smoother.
Most patients take about a week or so off work to recover, and resume work once Dr. Galiano has cleared them. Strenuous exercise must be avoided for three to four weeks.
Schedule A Eyelid Surgery Consultation
If you would like to determine whether eyelid surgery is a suitable anti-aging solution for your unique needs, please contact the office of Dr. Robert Galiano and request a consultation. You can reach us by calling (312) 926-4382, or fill out our consultation form online.