Who Considers Blepharoplasty?

Men and women who see their eyes as tired, angry, sad, or appearing older than they feel often consider eyelid surgery. Others see drooping bags under the eyes, sagging lower eyelids or significant skin of the upper eyelids which can be so severe that it affects vision.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape and recontour the tissues around the eye into a more natural, rested appearance. Drooping skin and bulging fat are removed and re-draped into a more youthful position. Eyelid surgery softens many of the changes seen in the eye region, but it does not remove all crow’s feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles or lift sagging eyebrows. Care is necessary with certain medical conditions.

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How is the Procedure Performed?

  • An incision in the upper eyelid crease or just under the lower eyelashes allows excess fat (puffiness) to be carefully removed.
  • Skin is carefully re-draped and trimmed.
  • Key sutures are placed to enhance a more youthful appearance around the eyes.
  • Surgery is performed using local numbing medicine or general anesthesia and is most often performed in the office OR suite.
  • The surgery takes 1-2 hours and patients return home the same day.
  • Forehead lift, face-lift, laser resurfacing, BOTOX® or injectables can be performed at the same time as eyelid surgery and may enhance results.

What is Normal Recovery?

Patients use ice packs and maintain head elevation during the early post-operative period. Any minor discomfort is controlled with prescription medications. Sutures are removed in less than a week and most patients are back to work in 7-10 days. More vigorous activity is resumed in 3-4 weeks.

What are Expected Results?

A more natural, rested, alert, youthful contour to the eyes is the usual result. An improvement in vision can also be seen in certain circumstances.

Are There Potential Complications?

Blepharoplasty is a very common surgery and most patients are very happy with the rejuvenation and appearance following surgery. No surgery is without potential risks, however. The majority of these are minor. All of these and other, more rare but significant problems can be reviewed on the ASPS link below.

Copy adapted from the joint ASPS and PSEF website.



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