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Frequently Asked Questions about Blepharoplasty

What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also referred to as a blepharoplasty, removes fat and other excess tissues around the upper and lower eyelids that usually results as we age. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping eyelids and puffy areas below the eyes.

Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are patients who are in good health, non-smokers and patients with realistic expectations about both the benefits and potential risks of eyelid surgery.

When is the right time to consider eyelid surgery?
If you are bothered by the way the aging process has affected your eyes, or bothered by excess tissue that seems to interfere with your vision or appearance, it may be the right time for you to consider eyelid surgery.

What should I expect during my initial eyelid surgery consultation?
When you meet with Dr. Kim, you will discuss your desires and aesthetic goals. Dr. Kim may also go over other cosmetic procedures that rejuvenate the face, including brow lift, facelift, neck lift, laser skin resurfacing, cheek and chin implants and fat grafting.

At your initial consultation, it may be helpful for you to bring a list of questions and concerns that can be specifically addressed.

Is eyelid surgery permanent?
While eyelid surgery will not prevent a patient from aging further over time, it will “set back the clock.” However, results may be prolonged if patients maintain their weight, avoid exposure to the sun, and engage in proper skin care, keeping the skin appropriately hydrated.

How much pain can I expect after eyelid surgery?
Some patients may experience some temporary numbness and discomfort around the incisions. Many patients do not feel much pain following surgery; to keep them comfortable, they are often prescribed oral medication to relieve any pain they may experience.

What is the recovery like after eyelid surgery?
After eyelid surgery, the patient will be sent home or to a recovery center with light facial dressings. Small drains may be placed, and the head should remain elevated for two to three days to minimize bruising and swelling. Patients typically look and feel confident after two weeks.

Galter Pavilion Suite 19-250
675 N. Saint Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
T: 312.695.3615 | F: 312.695.5672
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John Kim, MD
675 North Saint Clair St. #19 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 695-3615
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