Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


Category: Eyelid Surgery

Fillers vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery: How to Choose Between Them

The delicate skin around your eyes is a telltale indicator of age, especially when undereye hollows create unwelcome shadows and dark circles. To resolve this issue, many people face a decision between surgical and non-surgical remedies – namely, a lower blepharoplasty or dermal fillers. Which one is better to help you meet your goals?

Lower Blepharoplasty Explained

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat can reshape your lower eyelids via a straightforward lifting surgery, using tiny incisions to prevent noticeable scarring.

The operation will reduce any undereye lines or lost volume that may cause darkness and make the area beneath your eyes look hollow. You can also combine a lower blepharoplasty with an upper eyelid lift for a comprehensive improvement to your eye beauty. The procedure takes about an hour, and recovery typically takes two to three weeks.

Dermal Fillers for Undereye Hollows

Another option for voids under your eyes is to add volume with dermal fillers. This non-surgical approach offers immediate, albeit temporary, results. A quick fix is desirable for many of our patients who have little to no free time to devote to recovery and healing. Plus, it can give you a preview of the benefits of lower eyelid surgery before making that commitment.

Which One Is for You?

The decision to get cosmetic procedures is always incredibly personal. Often, younger people who want to proactively address facial aging opt for fillers instead of surgery as a short-term fix. But once they realize what dermal fillers can do for them, many choose longer-lasting results with eyelid surgery.

Our patients over 40 typically choose the surgical route. They understand dermal fillers require touch-ups to maintain their look, and prefer the option of addressing the effects of aging on their eyes without needing follow-up treatments.

The Choice Is Yours

No matter which option you decide is better for you, choose a Chicago board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Mussat is a renowned cosmetic surgeon who cares for her patients. She will answer your questions and address your concerns during your initial visit.

If you are currently considering how to improve your facial beauty by addressing undereye bags or hollows, Dr. Mussat will help you choose the right path to achieve your cosmetic goals. She will work with you during your consultation and throughout the process to optimize your facial appearance.

To schedule an eyelid lift or dermal filler consultation with Dr. Mussat, contact our Chicago office online or call (312) 751-9000 today.

Will Eyelid Surgery Smooth Wrinkles?

As the old saying goes, the eyes are the windows to your soul, but if your eyelids are drooping, they can obscure your eyes’ sparkle and affect your confidence.

As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, a natural protein for skin support. The thin, delicate skin around the eyes is often the first place to show signs of aging, including loose upper eyelids and prominent undereye bags. An eyelid lift helps restore youthful eye appearance with smoother, more alert-looking eyes.

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery helps reduce excess skin and fatty tissue on the upper or lower eyelids. This operation will rejuvenate eye appearance, making them appear wider and more alert.

Eyelid surgery resolves:

  • Sagging skin on the upper eyelid
  • Eyelid puffiness
  • Undereye bags
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Fine lines and wrinkles on the lower eyelids
  • Double eyelids

Restore Youthful Appearance With Eyelid Surgery

As your skin ages, it will lose its underlying structural support, leading to laxity in the upper eyelids or undereye puffiness. Combined with the loss of elastin for skin pliability, skin gets loose, and you may develop a tired, worn expression.

Upper eyelid surgery enriches eye appearance. It also may improve vision by lifting or eliminating sagging skin that obscures your eyesight and makes it challenging to read or drive. Lower eyelid surgery aims to remove lax skin, correct undereye puffiness, and smooth eyelid wrinkles, leaving you looking rested and refreshed.

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

  • Decreased undereye bags
  • Reduced undereye puffiness
  • Softened wrinkles around the eyes
  • A more youthful, brighter eye appearance

Many of our patients opt to combine eyelid surgery with a brow lift to smooth forehead lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate the upper third of your face.

Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?

The first step to determine whether eyelid surgery is something to consider is to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat. She will examine your facial anatomy during your consultation to determine if eyelid surgery is best suited for your cosmetic needs.

Overall, candidates for eyelid surgery are in good overall health, do not smoke, and have concerns about drooping upper and lower eyelids and the lack of a natural fold on the upper lid. You may also be looking to correct peripheral vision obscured by eyelid hooding. Finally, you should have reasonable expectations for the results this surgery can help you accomplish. Remember, the goal of plastic surgery is to make you look like a better version of yourself – not to transform you into a different person.

Choose Dr. Mussat for Eyelid Surgery

From consultation to recovery, patient commitment means compassion and outstanding health care from Dr. Florence Mussat. As a trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Mussat understands the challenges of her patients. With unsurpassed education, her dedication to outstanding patient care and exceptional results makes her the optimal choice for eyelid surgery in Chicago.

Get ready to partner with Chicago’s leading female plastic surgeon! Contact us today to learn more!