Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, can not only improve your appearance, brightening the smile and rewinding the clock on aging, but it can also enhance your vision by removing lax, low-hanging skin. The procedure can address sagging in the upper lids and puffiness, under-eye bags, and discoloration in the lower lids. Overall, blepharoplasty can remove years from your perceived age while providing you with renewed self-confidence and security in your appearance.
Improve the overall appearance of your eyes
Remove excess skin on the upper eyelids
Correct excessive under eye puffiness
Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
Remove heavy bags under the eyes
Restore a youthful and alert expression
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are struggling with a loss of skin elasticity in the eyelids, resulting in an aged and tired look. As with any cosmetic undertaking, patients should be non-smokers of sound mind and body who are free from any significant medical issues such as hypertension or bleeding disorders that might compromise their safety during or after surgery. The best way to determine your candidacy is to meet in private with Dr. Kotis for an in-depth consultation.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on its own or alongside a complementary procedure. Many of our Chicago patients elect to have eyelid surgery along with a brow lift or a facelift for a comprehensive transformation.
Beautiful, youthful eyes
Results that endure for years
Scarring that is hidden within the natural contours of your eyes
Dr. Kotis performs eyelid surgery under general anesthesia and offers three distinct techniques: upper, lower and transconjunctival. Depending on the extent of your aging skin, you may require just one of these procedures, or a combination of them.
Here’s a closer look at your options:
This procedure focuses on enhancing the upper eyelids only. During surgery, Dr. Kotis will create a small incision hidden within the upper eyelid crease. Through that opening, he will remove fat deposits, tighten lax muscles, and trim away excess skin to restore an open and well-rested expression.
Lower eyelid surgery is done to reduce the appearance of bags or sagging skin beneath your eyes. During this procedure, Dr. Kotis will make an incision hidden in plain sight, along the lower lash line. Through that opening, he will remove puffy bags, smooth wrinkles and trim away excess skin to create a youthful look.
A transconjunctival approach is an alternative to the traditional lower eyelid procedure. The incision is made inside the eyelid, so it is completely hidden from view. Through that opening, Dr. Kotis can remove and redistribute excess tissue – but he cannot address excess skin.
After eyelid surgery, your incisions will likely be red and irritated and you may notice swelling, discoloration and bruising at the surgical site. All of these effects are normal and should subside within a week or two.
Once all swelling has dissipated and your incisions have healed, you will see an improvement in your expression. The delicate skin around your eyes will appear smooth and elevated, and you should look younger and more well-rested.
The duration of your results will depend on how well you take care of your skin moving forward, but most of our Chicago patients enjoy their improved appearance for many years.
Dr. Kotis is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed a three-year residency in General Surgery and a three-year residency and fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Kotis is devoted to remaining ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge technology and the latest techniques. He continuously attends industry events to stay abreast of breakthroughs in aesthetic science. Dr. Kotis has contributed to The Chicago Tribune, Self Magazine, NBC’s “The Doctors,” Allure, and People. He was named a “Top Doc” on www.realself.com, an honor bestowed on just 10% of physicians on the site.
Fees for eyelid surgery are assessed on a case-by-case basis according to the extent of the work performed and whether any other procedures are undergone in tandem with blepharoplasty. Factors that will determine the overall price include the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and others.
Patients need to wait for a few weeks before applying eye makeup, as the eyes will be sensitive after surgery.
Absolutely! Eyelid surgery is often paired with a brow lift for comprehensive anti-aging in the upper face. It can also accompany a facelift, a neck lift, or facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers and injectables.