What is Blepharoplasty?
A person's eyes are a beautiful feature of the face; however, excess skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering look. Known as blepharoplasty, Dr. Jerry Chidester, or "Dr. Chiddy," uses eyelid surgery to lift and tighten the lower or upper eyelid, creating a look that appears softer and rejuvenated. Patients undergo eyelid surgery to help reduce puffy bulges, which leads to improved function and appearance. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened look and produces natural and striking improvements. If you want to learn more about rejuvenating your eyes by removing excess skin, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiddy in Draper, UT.
What Are The Benefits Of Blepharoplasty?
A personalized blepharoplasty procedure designed by Dr. Chidester can refresh and rejuvenate your appearance with benefits like:
- Improving vision by expanding line of sight
- Creating an alert, more awake look
- Tightening sagging or drooping eyelids
- Removing under-eye bags
- Lightening dark circles
- Creating a more youthful appearance
- Increasing eye comfort
"Did you know Dr. Chisester is also a reconstructive hand surgeon and hand specialist? My father was having major trouble with his hands for over a year. I direct messaged Dr. Chisester on Instagram and not only did HE respond, he took time to explain things my dad could do until he was able to get an appointment. My dad expressed how much he loved Dr. C during his appointments. He has amazing bed aide manner, an amazing staff, and truly cares about his patients, their happiness and really makes sure he provides stellar service! My dad was so happy with with him that I know for a fact if I ever chose plastic surgery or need a hand specialist he’s the only doctor I would contact and the only doctor I will recommend! Do yourself a favor and get on his books ASAP!!! Thank you Dr. Chidester and staff!!"- C.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"I haven’t even had my consultation yet. But in just talking with the staff and asking questions hey are by far the best and nicest group of people! I’m OBSESSED with the Instagram pages where Dr. Chiddy educates on procedures and will take so much time to answer questions. I love the dynamic of hime and his wife being such a great team in running the practice. Super down to earth and honest and great people!"- B.B. / Google / Apr 17, 2021
"Dr. Chid is the best!!! I went to a consultation and he made me feel so comfortable! He always answers my questions on social media. I’ve never met a surgeon so dedicated to his clients. I can’t wait to get my surgery done in August!!!"- B.M. / Google / Apr 17, 2021
"Dr Chidester is amazing! I felt comfortable and well informed through the entire process of my procedure and care. I could tell he really cared about my well being and that I was happy with everything. He made my husband feel comfortable too! His staff is also so great! Always felt so welcome and taken care of! I would 100% recommend Dr Chiddy and his team! He is wonderful at what he does! His bedside manner is out of this world. Thank you Dr Chiddy and team, we so appreciate your work!!!"- J.L. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
"I had a totally different experience with Dr Chidister’s office and a reconstruction of a breast augmentation I had done less than seven years ago. My pain and swelling was absolutely nonexistent, and I was up and moving around my house the next day. I have cried tears of joy and how my breast augmentation has turned out and I’m not even six months postop I have never been happier or more impressed by a surgeon and the time he takes to know each of his patients and provides them exactly what they are looking for"- K.G. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
Is Eyelid Surgery For You?
During your first visit, Dr. Chiddy will listen to your concerns and goals, assess your complexion, and determine the best procedure for you. Based on your condition and goals, he will create a personalized treatment plan that works best for you. Generally, ideal candidates have:
- Excess sagging skin
- Folds above their eyes
- Bulging skin below the bottom eyelid
These irregularities can cause functional and vision difficulties and could affect your daily routine. To enhance the appearance of your eyes and improve your vision, Dr. Chiddy may recommend eyelid surgery. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelids or bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can help you attain a younger-looking appearance and increase your field of vision.
At the beginning of your surgery, we will provide anesthesia to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Chiddy can perform this cosmetic procedure on the upper eyelid alone, under or on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both upper and lower.
Upper eyelid surgery reduces the hanging skin that droops over the eye, which produces a more flattering look. An incision is usually made along the lid crease to excise skin and tissue.
Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to improve puffy and bulging skin underneath the lower eyelid. The incision is placed along the lash line to surgically remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to create a smoother look. In some cases, Dr. Chiddy combines a nonsurgical laser treatment to help with discoloration or uses dermal fillers for additional smoothness and softening.
What to Expect
Blepharoplasty can last up to two hours, depending on whether both eyes or one is treated. After the procedure, you will need about a week to recover and rest at home. We will also provide detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing and reduce uncomfortable symptoms, such as swelling or bruising. Generally, your blepharoplasty results can last a decade or longer, but even though they last long, aging does not stop. To help maintain your surgical results, Dr. Chiddy can talk to you about using other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, like dermal fillers.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Blepharoplasty refreshes your appearance and improves signs of aging, but it can also enhance your field of vision. Our team accomplishes this by removing loose or hanging skin from your upper eyelid. It's also easier to apply cosmetics when the skin of your upper eyelid is smooth.
Will an eyelid lift address Crow's feet?
Crow’s feet and forehead lines may not be treated with an eyelid lift by itself. However, we can combine your eyelid surgery with cosmetic injectables to smooth out unwanted wrinkles. During a consultation, we can create a unique treatment plan based on your needs and final goals.
Will I have visible scars from blepharoplasty?
Even though all surgeries cause some scarring, our staff takes great care to ensure incisions are made within your natural facial lines and folds. After the initial recovery is over, you should not notice any visible scarring in the area.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures plus injectable wrinkle treatments (like Restylane, Juvéderm, and BOTOX) can give you mild improvements. However, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or would like to see results that last a long time, an eyelid lift is better than a nonsurgical treatments. Once you have talked to Dr. Chidester about your concerns and goals, He can explain His suggestions for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. He might also recommend combining both surgical and nonsurgical procedures for your best results.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If loose skin is affecting your sight, your insurance might cover some of your eyelid lift. Please talk to Dr. Chidester during your consultation if you may be using your insurance. Someone at Jerry Chidester, MD can help you get the needed paperwork and information for your insurance company to consider your claim. Typically, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to improve your vision.
If you have a hard time seeing because of skin on your upper eyelids, or if you suffer from bulging bags underneath your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty could work well for you. This surgery provides a more youthful-looking appearance and addresses your vision impairment concerns. During your appointment at our office in Draper, UT, Dr. Chiddy creates a personalized treatment plan and the billing staff provides information about cost or financing with programs, such as Prosper, CareCredit, and Mountain America Credit Union. Located near the Greater Salt Lake City area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our expert plastic surgeon, Dr. Chiddy.