Eyelid Surgery

Even small improvements in your eyelids can revive the overall appearance of your upper face. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can reveal bright, clear eyes formerly concealed by excess skin and fat. Dr. Rebecca Garza and Dr. Gus Galante perform blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, for people from Munster and Crown Point, Indiana, and surrounding cities whose eyes look tired because of sagging upper eyelids or under-eye bags. Results often last for many years.

Refresh your eyes with the help of one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Request a consultation using the online form with either Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante, or call our office at (800) 721-3244.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
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Case #160

This patient is a 68 year old Northwest Indiana woman who sought a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Galante in his Munster, IN office. Her concerns were baggy and heavy upper and lower eyelids making her look tired. She had not had any prior facial plastic surgery.Her physical examination revealed dermatochalasis (redundant skin)... Read More
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Case #212

This patient prsented to our office desiring treatment of her baggy lower eyelids. She stated her mother had the same problem. We performed a lower eyelid blepharoplasty through an incision just below the lash margin. Her after photo shows a marked improvement in her appearance withlittle to no evidence of a visible scar. This is a good examp... Read More
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Case #13

This patient is a 51 year old resident of Northwest Indiana and presented to our office in Munster, Indiana for a consultation to treat her baggy upper eyelids. Over the years she noticed that her once prominent and attractive eyes were less noticeable because of the skin hanging over her eyelids.Her examination revealed marked excess... Read More
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Case #143

After losing 100 pounds, this 57-year-old man was left with a saggy neck and lower eyelid puffiness. These concerns often cause people to look tired and older than they actually are. This patient met with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Galante in his in Valparaiso office. He recommended a less-invasive alternative to a neck lift, called... Read More
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Eyelid lift

This 54 year old patient presented to our Indiana plastic surgery office with concerns that her upper eyelid skin was hanging on her lash line. She underwent an upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Her after photos show more of her eyelids with a natural  awake appearance. Read More
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Case #131

When this 65-year-old man met with Dr. Galante, he said his upper eyelids were so baggy that he could see them when looking up. His medical history showed he is diabetic but it is well-controlled. He was a good candidate for a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). This one of the most popular procedures at both our Valparaiso and Schererville loca... Read More
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Talking It Over

During your consultation, either Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante will perform a thorough examination. They obtain a complete medical history and ask whether you regularly experience eye dryness or pain. They will also examine your eyes, eyebrows, and lids and evaluate how they interrelate both aesthetically and functionally.

Procedure Specifics

Eyelid surgery occurs on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the day of your procedure. You will receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure typically lasts between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the amount of tissue removed and whether your procedure involves surgery of both the upper and lower eyelids.

For an upper eyelid lift, Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante make an incision in your natural eyelid crease to remove excess skin and tissue. For a lower eyelid lift, they will make a delicate incision along the lash line of the lower eyelid or, in some cases, inside the lower eyelid. They close the incision sites with very fine sutures.

Dr. Galante and Dr. Garza

Welcome to Our Practice

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Rebecca Garza and Dr. Gus Galante have established a plastic surgery practice dedicated to providing personalized care that gives you the confidence to make educated decisions about your surgery. Together with a hand-selected team of professionals who share our passion for patient care, we offer a range of surgical procedures designed to help you look and feel your best.

Impeccable Credentials

Both Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante are fellowship-trained plastic surgeons at the forefront of the aesthetic surgery field. They are each active in professional associations and have given back to the community by donating their time and services to local charity organizations.

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Eyelid Surgery for Men

Men can have surgery on both their lower and upper eyelids; however, treatment of the lower eyelid is more common. Revision of the lower eyelid can help men look more energetic and much younger. Lower eyelid surgery is more common for men because sometimes upper eyelid surgery can feminize a man’s appearance. Surgeons must create a precise and individualized surgical plan to ensure a more masculine shape to the eyes. They must also make careful incisions during surgery for optimum results.

Whether it is lower or upper eyelid surgery, gender is an important factor for the surgeon to keep in mind. Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante are both highly trained and experienced in performing both female and male eyelid surgery. They make sure to take your goals into consideration while implementing safety and proper technique.

More Information

  • Many patients seeking blepharoplasty actually need a forehead lift to address a sagging or heavy brow.
  • Some patients choose to have additional facial sculpting procedures such as a facelift to create comprehensive results.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Your surgeon will lubricate your eyes before releasing you. Any discomfort will usually be minimal and can be relieved with medication.

Sleeping with your head elevated for a night or two and applying a cold compress during the day can reduce any swelling. You may experience blurred vision for a few days. In rare cases, patients have trouble closing their eyes completely for a week or two. Your sutures will be removed within a week, which may alleviate tightness.

Bruising and swelling will dissipate in about 10 days. Avoid activities that cause dryness or irritation to your eyes, including wearing contact lenses. Your eyes may be sensitive to light for the first week.

You can return to light activities within a few days. Many patients wait to return to work until their stitches are removed. Though you may feel great within the first week of recovery, remember to monitor your blood pressure and avoid strenuous activities.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

Because each procedure is customized, the cost of eyelid surgery varies from person to person. As part of the consultation process, Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante and their team will provide you with a personalized estimate so you know what to expect in terms of pricing. We accept payments through several financing companies, such as CareCredit®, to make your transformation even more affordable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get eyelid surgery or a forehead lift?

Many of the patients who come in for forehead lift or eyelid surgery consultations are better candidates for one treatment or the other. It’s often difficult to know without being assessed by an experienced plastic surgeon. Aging causes our upper eyelids to sag and results in excess skin and fat. If the brow itself is sagging, surgical elevation results in a more alert appearance. In many cases, combining the procedures achieves better results. Your surgeon can use his or her experience to help you decide which choice is best for you.

Will eyelid surgery remove dark circles under my eyes?

Blepharoplasty for the lower eyelids can remove fatty under-eye bags, but it generally won’t diminish the appearance of dark circles.

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Am I too young for eyelid surgery?

Because our eyes are one of the face’s primary focal points, people tend to notice even slight imperfections at an earlier age. There isn’t a true age limit for eyelid surgery as long as you’re a healthy adult. Genetics can sometimes be to blame for eyelids sagging before you turn 30. If it bothers you, consult with a plastic surgeon about possible solutions, including surgery.

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