Who is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Article by Daniel J. Ritacca, MD
Chicago Oculoplastic Surgeon
For over 30 years, Dr. Ritacca has helped patients achieve the best vision possible through Lasik eye surgery, eye exams and prescribing glasses and contacts. Furthermore, Dr. Ritacca enjoys when his patients exude with confidence and self-esteem from a simple cosmetic surgery like blepharoplasty. There are several reasons why a potential patient may be unhappy with their eyes such as; aging, sun damage, smoking, and obesity can cause the eyelids to droop and sag as the supporting tissues deteriorate. Eyelids that droop or bulge can cause people to appear much older or fatigued than they actually are
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by tightening muscles and tissue or removing excess fat and skin. This procedure takes years off someone’s face. In our experience most patients by age 35, men and women feel that they need to refresh their look – appear rejuvenated.
The eyes being one of the first signs of aging tend to be a common topic in my practice. There are several surgical and non-surgical options to create a younger appearance such as; Botox to relax muscles around the eyes, dermal filler for tear troughs, skin tightening and surgery. Blepharoplasty is now the most popular facial plastic surgery procedure after rhinoplasty. The popularity of this procedure reflects the importance of the eyes in perfecting overall appearance.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, you may want to consider blepharoplasty or perhaps a browlift, to improve your look safely and effectively. The procedure is usually performed in an office with local anesthesia in as little as 45 minutes. Blepharoplasty can be combined with a browlift, facelift or other treatments to raise eyebrows and stimulate collagen for tighter skin.
After surgery, your eyes will be covered and medication will be prescribed to help ease the discomfort. The first several days post your surgery, Dr. Ritacca will provide you with a list of things NOT to do for desired results. Stitches are removed about a week after surgery. Bruising and swelling will continue to decrease after stitches are removed. Sunglasses and protective sun block are required for several weeks.
There is a high satisfactory level at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa from a blepharoplasty. When you seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon that meets your needs and understand your expectations, blepharoplasty can be a very fulfilling surgery. For a free consultation, call 847-367-8815.