When you look in the mirror, do the eyes looking back at you appear tired and older than you feel they should? Blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, in Chicago with Dr. Thomas Mustoe can correct the wrinkling, sagging, and puffiness around the eyes that can contribute to a fatigued and aged appearance.
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The delicate skin in the eye area is particularly vulnerable to the aging process, often becoming lax or wrinkled before other areas of the face. Dr. Mustoe performs eyelid surgery to reduce the excess eyelid skin and fat that can make you look tired or prematurely aged. He uses proven yet innovative techniques to correct puffiness, sagging, and wrinkling in both the upper and the lower eyelids. This procedure also addresses the hooding caused by drooping upper eyelid skin, which can be so significant that it impairs vision. The result is a very natural, youthful and refreshed appearance that brightens the entire eye area. Dr. Mustoe's results are reliably natural, keeping the shape of the eyelid unchanged while creating a more youthful appearance.
If the brow itself is sagging or heavy due to excess, wrinkled forehead skin, Dr. Mustoe can perform a brow lift to address these concerns. Often a modified lateral brow lift can help the sagging in the lateral part of the eyelid without changing eyebrow position, and can be performed on men with male pattern baldness.
Although eyelid surgery is a commonly performed procedure, it is best performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial procedures. Dr. Mustoe uses techniques which he has developed over many years, and which increase comfort and improve results for his patients.
Upper Eyelid Surgery Incision
Surgery of the upper lids removes the excess skin and tissue which cause droopy or hooded eyelids. In addition, Dr. Mustoe can adjust selected muscles in the eyelid for an improved result. The very fine incision runs along the natural crease in the eyelid and outward to just beyond the corner of the eye. A strip of excess skin is removed, and underlying tissues are altered to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. Dr. Mustoe's patients experience little to no visible scarring from this procedure, and the natural shape of the eye remains unchanged, so results are noticeable, but natural.
Lower Eyelid Surgery Incision
To correct excess, wrinkled or "baggy" skin and fatty deposits in the lower lids, lower eyelid surgery is performed. Dr. Mustoe's approach is to always approach the fatty deposits and aging changes through a transconjunctival approach which eliminates muscle injury and minimizes the risk of changing eyelid shape. There is no external scar at all. Fat can be removed, contoured or repositioned through this approach. When indicated, the muscle can be tightened and skin removed through a separate incision just below the eyelashes, which does not leave a visible scar.
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Eyelid surgery with Dr. Mustoe - a leading plastic surgeon and plastic surgery educator - offers several advantages over traditional blepharoplasty. These include:
Due to his extensive research into wound healing and scar prevention, Dr. Mustoe's blepharoplasty patients benefit from a shorter and more comfortable recovery. The techniques Dr. Mustoe has developed over his many years of experience cause less tissue trauma, which aids in comfort and faster healing. In addition, the use of local anesthesia with sedation also helps to minimize bruising and bleeding, and to shorten recovery time. Most of Dr. Mustoe's blepharoplasty patients can return to social activities or work within 7 to 10 days. There is little pain, and over-the-counter medications are typically enough to manage discomfort.
Many of Dr. Mustoe's patients choose to have their blepharoplasty results enhanced with laser skin resurfacing around the eyes. This treatment is very effective for smoothing fine wrinkles and improving skin tone in the eye area. When patients desire improvement to the lower portion of the face as well, he can combine this procedure with face and neck lift surgery. Dr. Mustoe will discuss all of your eyelid rejuvenation options with you in detail, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that will achieve your goals.
Dr. Mustoe's techniques minimize bruising, which is largely resolved within a week and fully resolved in 10 days for most patients. For the occasional patient who has more bruising or who desires an accelerated recovery, he now offers a state-of-the-art laser treatment which dramatically improves bruising with one brief treatment performed during a postoperative visit.