What is Blepharoplasty?
Sometimes, an abundance of skin around the eyes can create an unflattering facial appearance. Kirk Eye Center offers eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the lower or upper eyelid, creating a softer look. Many men and women can receive eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin, leading to improved function and appearance. Whether upper or lower, eyelid surgery creates a softer, younger appearance and can produce natural yet striking improvements. If you're interested in refreshing your eyes with an eye lift to remove excess skin, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists in River Forest or Gurnee, IL.
"My vision declined drastically last year. At the end of the year, I couldn’t even drive when it became dark. At first, I visited a retinal specialist and went through various exams. At the third visit, he told me that not much can be done to improve my vision. He also sent me to the Chicago Lighthouse to get special eyeglasses for visually impaired. Before I went to the Lighthouse appointment, I decided to get the second opinion from Dr. Carter Kirk. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Dr. Carter quickly diagnosed me with cataracts. He performed surgeries on both of my eyes shortly after. My vision improved dramatically after the surgery. They are still both at 20/20 with -3.50 eyeglasses four months after the surgery. I can’t say enough to thank Dr. Carter and the Kirk Eye Center staffs for their professionalism and help!"- C.X. / Yelp / May 18, 2021
"Submitting this on behalf of Paul Koko. Paul had surgery on both eyes by Dr. Scott Kirk. One eye was nearsighted and the other was far sighted. First procedure included an Antistigmatic Lens to correct the stigmatism in left eye and two weeks later had "regular" cataract surgery to right eye. Both are doing great. Uses inexpensive "reader" classes for fine print but does not need for general tasks. Everyone in Surgical Center was courteous, helpful and there was no pain at all. Total procedure took only about 18 minutes. Went home after short rest. We have been patients at Kirk Eye Center for more than 40 years and highly recommend their kind and excellent treatment."- P.K. / Google / Jul 28, 2021
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"I had a cataract in my left eye that was really bothering me. I made an appointment to see Dr. Kent Kirk in late December 2021. I can’t tell you how happy I am with the "entire" experience at Kirk Eye Care. It is now late January 2022 and I have had cataract surgery on both eyes. I am wowed at the difference in my vision. I can read without glasses for the first time in 60 years. All of the staff at Kirk are wonderful helpful folk. The whole process ran so smoothly, I am amazed. Dr Kent is friendly with a wealth of knowledge under his belt. His favorite adjective is "beautiful", regarding your surgery, that is. I felt well cared for in the best way possible. I would highly recommend Kirk Eye Care to anyone needing to se an Ophthalmologist"- K.B. / Yelp / Jan 29, 2022
"I had a cataract that needed removing for quite some time. I made an appointment for late December 2021. It is late January 2022 and I have had cataract surgery on both eyes. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with my entire experience at Kirk Eye Center. All of the helpers are super nice and proficient. My doctor was Dr. Kent Kirk and I am so pleased with the experience of his care. His 'favorite' word is beautiful regarding the healing process. Too cute and very encouraging. The surgeries themselves went super well, fast and efficiently. I can actually read without glasses for the first time in 60 years. I am totally satisfied with my entire experience at Kirk Eye Care."- K.B. / Google / Jan 30, 2022
Ideal Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is popular among both men and women. During your private consultation, treatment options will be discussed with your doctor based on your conditions that need to be corrected. Generally, ideal candidates have excess, hanging skin and folds above their eyes or puffy skin below the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional problems that can get in the way of daily activities, but blepharoplasty can address these issues and also provide you with a younger appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Technique
Depending on the type and complex nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be provided. Eyelid surgery may be done on the top eyelid by itself, on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both upper and lower.
Upper eyelid surgery assists in reducing the loose skin that droops over the eye to create a more awakened and appealing look. An incision is usually made along the natural crease to remove skin and tissue.
Lower bleph is performed to reduce bulging, bloated skin beneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is made along the lash line to surgically remove fatty tissue, and the skin is delicately lifted to produce a softer, flatter look.
What to Expect with Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery can last up to two hours, depending on whether one or both eyes are treated. After surgery, you should expect to take about a week to recover at home. The results from blepharoplasty can last a decade or longer, but even though they are long-lasting, the aging process does not stop.
Is eyelid surgery safe?
Yes, eyelid surgery is considered a safe procedure when performed by a specialist with years of professional experience. However, patients should be informed about potential risks and complications, which can include bleeding and infection. The team at Kirk Eye Center can review this information in full during your initial consultation.
How do you prepare for blepharoplasty?
To ensure the safest and most successful outcomes possible, it is important to follow all pre-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. This typically includes avoiding strenuous activity, eating a healthy diet, and refraining from smoking or using certain medications/substances prior to surgery in River Forest and Gurnee, IL.
Will my blepharoplasty results look natural?
The goal of blepharoplasty is to create a more youthful and rested appearance. When working with one of our team members, you should expect results that look and feel natural. Our goal is always to create an appearance that complements your unique facial features and aesthetic goals.
If your vision is impaired from excess skin on your upper eyelids, or you suffer from bulging bags under your eyes, then blepharoplasty at Kirk Eye Center may be the answer for you. This surgery can help you look refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. Please call our office in River Forest or Gurnee, IL to schedule an appointment.