Eyelid Surgery in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Rejuvenate Your Eyes to Look Younger and More Rested


Introduction to Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty is a safe and rewarding surgery that helps the patient achieve a more youthful appearance.

Many of our patients complain of puffy under-eye bags or “hooded” upper-eyelid skin. With over 75 years of combined experience in the Northern Suburbs of Chicagoland, the Board Certified surgeons and expert staff at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa have everything it takes to effectively guide you through the entire Eyelid surgery process, ensuring that you get the look you’ve always wanted.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

2 Hours


Local or General Anesthesia

Back to Work

7-10 Days

Total Recovery Time

3-4 Weeks

Duration of Results

Long Lasting

# of Treatments


Treatment overview

What do your eyes say about you? When people want to know how you really feel, they often look to the eyes.

This facial area is highly expressive and is known for displaying emotion. Unfortunately, aging in the eyelids can give others the wrong impression. You may appear angry or tired, even when you’re perfectly happy. Eyelid surgery in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL removes the loose, sagging skin that can leave you looking tired or upset and restores a youthful eye appearance.


Used to Treat

Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision.

Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids.

Bags under the eyes.

Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris.


Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

Choose Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty, for the following benefits:

  • A refreshed facial appearance
  • Removing of loose skin to make the application of eye makeup easier
  • Correction of puffy under eye bags to make you look well rested
  • Unobstructed vision in the event the the lax tissue of the upper eyelid is hanging over the eye

How it Works

The Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, each initial patient consultation is different.

Although eyelid surgery is considered a minor procedure, a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons is still key to its success. Consultations are an opportunity to explore a procedure in great depth with one of plastic surgeons by your side.

We’ll discuss your surgery goals, medical conditions, drug allergies, previous surgeries, any issues concerning your eyes, and past medical treatments. It’s also crucial to tell your doctor about your alcohol, tobacco, and drug usage, as these may increase the risk of complications.

Upper eyelid aging occurs due to skin that hoods the crease of the upper eyelid.  An evaluation of your eyebrow position and upper eyelid function will be done to make recommendations.  Lower eyelid “bags” are fat pockets that bulge.  They are not related to your overall weight and are addressed by controlled removal of the fat to improve the contour.

After a thorough evaluation, our doctors will create a customized treatment plan for your Blepharoplasty. The topics of the discussion will include the type of anesthesia, potential risks, probable outcomes, and the recovery period typically involved in a Blepharoplasty. Come prepared with questions to ask our surgeons to ensure that both of you are on the same page with regards to your eyelid surgery.

The Procedure

Blepharoplasty is generally performed under local anesthesia or sedation. This procedure takes about 1 hour for an upper blepharoplasty to 2.5 hours for an upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. If you’re combining your eyelid lift with other treatments, more time in the operating room may be necessary.

After anesthesia is administered, the doctor will make a precise incision in a predetermined location on the eyelids. The placement of the incision depends on the location of any excess tissue we’ll be removing. Incisions are always carefully placed to minimize the appearance of scarring while providing the best possible results.

During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural folds of the upper lids to conceal scars. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is placed below the lower lashes.

If your blepharoplasty requires the removal of excess fat, your surgeon may make a second tiny incision inside each of your lower eyelids. The fatty tissues are removed through this hidden incision. If necessary, your surgeon may redistribute fat in the lower eyelids or transfer/graft fat harvested from your abdomen or thighs to blend the cheek and lower eyelid region for a smooth appearance around the eyes. Other corrections, such as tightening muscle laxity, may be performed before the surgeon closes the incisions. When we’re confident that we’ve achieved a great result, the surgeon will close the incisions using sutures or adhesive tape.

The Recovery

In general, it takes several weeks to fully recover from eyelid surgery. Recovery is a process and you’ll progress through the stages at your own pace.

We ask patients to rest their eyes for a week after surgery. This means limiting screen time and avoiding straining activities like reading small print. Stitches are typically removed within two to seven days. After your blepharoplasty, you may experience redness and swelling, but they will subside within a few days. Most patients can return to work 10 days after a blepharoplasty. A majority of the swelling will be gone within two weeks, but it takes up to six months to see the final results of an eyelid lift. Any blepharoplasty scars in the crease of the eyelid or just under the lash line on the lower lid should fade within the year, until they’re barely visible.

While you will see some results immediately after your eyelid lift, the most dramatic changes will begin to manifest after postoperative redness, swelling, and bruising subside.

Before & After

Results of Eyelid Surgery

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Eyelid Surgery

 Eyelid Surgery near you

Book Your Eyelid Surgery

Rejuvenated eyes are just one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about Blepharolplasty or Eyelid surgery and the personalized surgery process at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

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Happy patients


I had a badly needed eye lift in September 2020 with Dr. Lu and am absolutely ecstatic with the final results. The staff was very kind, compassionate, knowledgeable, along with their follow-up being superb.
Dr. Lu is fantastic to work with and am so happy I finally made the decision to move forward with the procedure. Best part…ABSOLUTLEY NO PAIN. I highly recommend Dr. Lu for any of your cosmetic needs.

-Melissa Roach-Zievers

Eyelid Surgery

The phone staff is consistently friendly, professional and helpful. Dr. Lu and his PA Katie are very personable, thorough and knowledgeable. I appreciate Dr. Lu’s straightforward and realistic approach. I highly recommend them to friends and family
-Rosa Rodriguez
Rittaca was so great! Daisy is super sweet and helpful! everyone in the office is super upbeat and friendly. Can’t wait to see my results.
-Angela Carey
Dr. Ritacca is the best! He’s very knowledgeable and does a great job. I keep coming back to him every time I need a procedure done.
-Laura Cramer
Nurses very attentive and Dr. Lu was very interested in my needs and concerns!
-Ricardo Carranza

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