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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

What is a Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty surgery is a surgery performed on either the upper or lower eyelids. As a result of the aging process, the eyelids can develop excess skin and herniating (protruding) fat. This results in a tired and aged appearance to the eyes. It can also interfere with visual fields. During a blepharoplasty, excess skin is excised and eyelid fat is removed or transferred as needed. The goal is to create a natural, youthful, and rejuvenated appearance of the eyes.

Who is a candidate for a Blepharoplasty?

You may want to consider a blepharoplasty if you have:

  • Excess upper eyelid skin resulting in visual field problems or an aged appearance to the eye
  • Herniating (protruding) fat of the eyelid creating “bags” under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids, wrinkles around the eyes, and loss of eyelid skin elasticity

How is a Blepharoplasty Performed?

A blepharoplasty is performed through incisions in the natural eyelid creases or through incisions inside the eye. Both techniques result in well-hidden scars. Through these incisions, excess skin, and fat are removed. Fat can also be transferred or grafted in the under eye area when volume loss is an issue.

Recovery

Eyelid surgery is performed in an outpatient surgery center under local or general anesthesia, depending on extent and technique of procedure. The procedure can take between 1-3 hours, and patients will go home the same day. Eyelid surgery can result in swelling and bruising around the eye, which can take several weeks to fully resolve. However, most people can return to work within 5-7 days.