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.
"I actually found Dr Kent Kirk at zocdoc.com, but the 5 star reviews on Yelp were very helpful. I found my vision getting cloudy and felt that I needed my eyes checked. I needed cataract surgery and Dr Kent Kirk performed that for me yesterday. The procedure took about 15 minutes and I felt no pain during the entire procedure. I had zero side effects: no inflammation, no infection, no swelling, no bleeding, no glaucoma or retinal problems. As I write today online, I can read the computer screen better now than with my glasses. At my followup visit today Dr Kent Kirk told me that everything was so successful that I could start driving again. No restrictions. I couldn't be more pleased. Dr Kent Kirk is the "Michael Jordan" of ophthalmologists. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Update as of June 30, 2016: Dr Kent Kirk did my left eye yesterday and did the follow-up today and I now have near 20/20 vision in my left eye. I was able to read the 20/25 line and 2 of the 4 letters on the 20/20 line. He put a distance lens in my left eye and a reading lens in my right eye. I don't need glasses anymore. I couldn't be happier. Both surgeries were done to perfection. I can drive without glasses the day after my surgery. In addition, Medicare plus my supplement paid the entire cost of both surgeries. Update as of July 8, 2016: I read all 4 letters at the 20/20 line. 9 days after my surgery I am 20/20 after being horribly nearsighted before the surgery."- M.P. / Yelp / Jun 02, 2016
"I had my Lasik surgery on Wed 10/18 and while my vision is still adjusting, I had a really great experience. My consultation was really thorough and I was explained all my options. They take the time to go over with you what the surgery will be like, the financing/payment options and your post surgery care. I was very nervous, but everyone made me feel very calm the day of the surgery. They explained to me everything that was going to happen and everything they were doing. They answered all my questions and made me feel as comfortable as possible. The surgery itself was so quick and it was very encouraging while the surgery was happening, the Doctor was saying things like, "You're doing great, just a few more seconds" stuff along those lines because it kept you aware of what was happening and in my mind I was thinking, "I can do this." I would definitely recommend to those considering Lasik to go here. Your eyes aren't something to mess around with, so I really trusted them with this whole thing and I was not disappointed."- A.L. / Yelp / Oct 23, 2017
"Dr. Kent Kirk performed cataract surgery in both of my eyes within the past 6 weeks. My eyes were so bad before that I don't think my prescription could have gotten much stronger. Now, after the surgeries, I have 20/20 vision! It is a miracle! I can see everything without my glasses for the first time in my entire life! The surgery was very fast and easy. I never had any pain of any kind. I was driving by the day following surgery, and a week later it's like it never happened - except that I can see! I did get something in my eye a couple hours after my surgery and when I went back to the office they were closed. Dr. Tyler Kirk was still in the surgery center and he came over and cleaned my eye and got whatever it was out. That was very much appreciated. This is a place where everyone cares. From Trevor who schedules your surgery and takes care to listen to your needs, to Dr. Kirk who is tremendously skilled at what he does, to all the wonderful nurses in the surgery center who make sure you are comfortable every minute you're there (they gave me extra blankets and a mint chocolate to eat!), they are all so very nice! The only thing I regret is that now I won't get to visit with Mimi and Robin in the eyeglass department who made sure I've had the perfect glasses for so many years!"- M.M. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2017
"I had LASIK surgery in March and I was so impressed with the staff,the efficiency, the professionalism..a five star rating even before the five star rating for now having perfect vision! I would trust my eyes to no one else!!!"- L.N. / Yelp / Jun 16, 2014
"I had LASIK at Kirk Eye Center last week and couldn't have had a better experience. Dr. Kent Kirk was awesome and I felt like he really cared about my eye health. I had previously gone for a consultation at LasikPlus and felt a little uneasy there. It felt like they were trying to get me scheduled for the procedure as fast as possible and spent more time talking about payment than looking at my eyes. I made the appointment at Kirk just to see if it was any different. Dr. Kirk had some concerns about a few things, scheduled me for some extra tests, and I felt so much more taken care of there. It felt like he actually cared about my long term wellness vs just wanting to schedule me for an expensive procedure and get me out the door. Everyone at Kirk was professional, accommodating, and friendly. The LASIK itself was so incredibly fast and painless that I could hardly believe it. Dr. Kirk and the nurses there all prepared me really well for the whole procedure and what would happen after. I'm normally very nervous for medical procedures, but I found the LASIK to be no big deal. It was certainly uncomfortable in the few hours following, but I knew it was normal and got through it with no problems. The next day, I was seeing 20/20 and I have had zero issues in the week since. I keep thinking that I'll try to take my contacts out before I go to sleep because my vision is so good. I would highly recommend going to Kirk to anyone who has been thinking about LASIK. It will change your life!"- M.W. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2018
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.
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.