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Eyelid Surgery

The Earliest Signs of Aging

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a treatment that improves signs of aging around our eyes: fine lines and wrinkles, drooping lids and excess skin below the eyes.

As we age, our skin naturally stretches. Our muscles weaken and the effects of environmental factors like sun exposure and smoking can cause uneven skin pigmentation. Because the skin around our eyes is more delicate than the rest of our body’s skin, the effects of aging start to show around our eyes first.

In some cases, heavy, drooping upper lids (called ptosis) can be so prominent that it becomes difficult to completely see. In these cases, blepharoplasty may be able to improve vision.

Everyone’s eyes are different. Because shapes, muscles and supporting bones are all unique, Dr. Chi and Dr. Branham will determine the right technique to rejuvenate the area around your eyes after thorough consultation. Our physicians are trustworthy and skillful surgeons, and each surgeon is careful to use procedures that will not reposition eyes or change their shape.

What to Expect with Eyelid Surgery

The surgeon will make incisions in the natural creases or folds of the eyelids. Then he will remove loose skin and extra fat tissue, and tighten and reposition the muscles and supporting tissue.

Ten days after upper eyelid surgery, most patients feel comfortable resuming work and social activities. Most patients require less downtime for lower-lid surgery. Within a few weeks, the thin surgical scars will become less visible and gradually blend into your eyes’ natural lines. A more alert and youthful look usually lasts for years; results are permanent for many people.

Though eyelid surgery is often performed as a single procedure, it can also be performed along with a facelift or other facial procedures. It is often combined with a brow lift for a complete upper facial rejuvenation.

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Call today for your consultation with our board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Gregory Branham and Dr. John Chi: 314-996-3880