5 Things to Expect from Your Upcoming Eyelift

Eyelifts are quickly becoming one of the nation’s top plastic surgery procedures— and for good reason. For many, the eyes and eyelids are the first facial features to show signs of aging. This facial plastic surgery offers men and women the opportunity to shave years off their appearance discreetly. Best of all, the precise nature of blepharoplasty means quick recovery time and minimal scarring. If you’re thinking about undergoing this anti-aging plastic surgery, here’s what you can expect from eyelift surgery.

Eyelift Surgery is Highly Personalized

While baggy under eyes and sagging upper lids may be a common sign of aging, every person experiences these changes differently.

During your surgical consultation, your facial plastic surgeon will work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your concerns. This can mean treating either the upper or the lower lid. In other cases, blepharoplasty is combined with other surgeries, such as a face or brow lift, to provide a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Whatever your ultimate goals are, rest assured that your specialist will help you create a personalized treatment plan to get there.

Eyelift Surgery is Minimally Invasive

Innovations in surgical techniques have made blepharoplasty a minimally invasive procedure. For patients, this means that surgery can be conducted without general anesthesia. Instead, patients are given local anesthesia combined with oral sedation to ensure a comfortable experience for surgery. The treatment’s minimally invasive nature also has post-surgery benefits; fewer and smaller incisions require less recovery time, meaning patients are back to their regular routine quickly.

Scars Will Be Virtually Invisible

The same surgical techniques that result in shorter recovery also result in less trauma to the skin. Thanks to well placed, ultra-small incisions, most (if any) scarring is hidden within the crease of the upper lid or on the inside of the eyelid. Most patients find the resulting scar virtually unnoticeable and easily covered with concealer.

Great Results Depend on a Great Recovery

Compared to other facial plastic surgeries, blepharoplasty has a much shorter recovery timeline. However, that doesn’t mean patients are entirely off the hook when it comes to following all post-op instructions. To prevent infection and ensure a successful recovery, we recommend patients avoid wearing makeup until given the green light from our Chicago facial plastic surgeon. Once given the okay from Dr. Epstein, patients are encouraged to replace old makeup with new, clean product and brushes. Likewise, patients should avoid using skincare products around the eyes until the surgical site has fully healed.

Consider Complementary Treatments

For patients looking to shave years off their appearance, an eyelift is a great starting place. However, this popular plastic surgery treatment focuses exclusively on removing excess skin above or below the eye. Blepharoplasty does not add volume to hollows that can appear below the eyes, nor will it transform aging skin. As a result, many patients experiencing these common signs of aging choose to combine their surgery with additional rejuvenation procedures. Options such as dermal fillers and BOTOX® or Dysport injections are especially popular non-surgical solutions that are often paired with eyelift surgery to create a comprehensive facial rejuvenation strategy.

Learn More at MAE Plastic Surgery

As one of Chicago’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Epstein of MAE Plastic Surgery offers world-class care for all patients. Starting with an in-person or virtual consultation, our double-board certified plastic surgeon works with men and women to develop the personalized surgical strategy that will help them achieve their cosmetic goals. To learn more about Dr. Epstein’s approach to blepharoplasty, call 847-205-1680, or visit our website to schedule your consultation.