Blepharoplasty Surgery in Des Plaines, IL
The medical term for a drooping eyelid is ptosis. Ptosis can occur in people who are otherwise healthy, and may stem from either a single cause or family history in general. Blepharoplasty is the ophthalmological procedure commonly called an eyelid lift. There are many different reasons why a person may choose to receive blepharoplasty, which range from cosmetic to medically necessary.
Request more information about blepharoplasty today: Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to combat ptosis, also known as drooping eyelids. Sagging eyelids are typically caused by a buildup of muscle or fat just above the eye. This causes the eyelids to push downward, leading them to “droop.”
Many people are concerned that having droopy eyelids will make them look older or tired. Others deal with reduced peripheral vision due to their ptosis. While some people naturally have droopy eyelids, some deal with ptosis due to a pre-existing condition.
Medical conditions linked with droopy eyelids include:
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Brain aneurysm
If the appearance of droopy eyelids is sudden, it's important to get medical attention immediately. This could indicate stroke or brain aneurysm.
In severe cases, a drooping eyelid can cover the entire eye.
How does Blepharoplasty Work?
Blepharoplasty is used to reduce or eliminate ptosis. Eyelid lift surgery can be performed by an ophthalmologist or reconstructive surgeon. In most cases, blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure. This means the patient can return home the same day it is performed.
Some people with ptosis struggle with their lower eyelids (treated with lower blepharoplasty), others with their upper eyelids (treated with upper blepharoplasty) and still more struggle with both eyelids. Blepharoplasty is a suitable procedure in all of these cases.
The actual process of blepharoplasty includes:
- A pre-surgery examination is performed to ensure the patient is a suitable candidate for eyelid lift surgery.
- Numbing is applied directly to eyelids, typically through an injection.
- The surgeon makes a small incision along the fold of the eyelid.
- Excess fat and muscle is then removed by the surgeon using special tools.
- The process above is repeated for each eyelid, until the desired result is achieved.
After eyelid lift surgery, it's normal to expect some downtime. Most people return home shortly after receiving the procedure, where they can focus on recovering completely. For about two weeks after surgery, you can expect to deal with a little blurred vision, dry eyes and soreness. This will subside over time.
After receiving blepharoplasty, it's important to avoid:
- Strenuous exercise
- Rubbing the eyes
- Wearing contact lenses
Request Eyelid Lift Information Now
Ptosis, also known as droopy eyelids, can be a difficult condition to deal with. Thankfully, blepharoplasty can be used to restore sight and self-confidence. Request more information now: call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
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