Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The skin of both the upper and lower eyelids can loosen and sag with time. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, can correct this. During the procedure, your physician surgically removes excess skin and in some cases fat and muscle from both the upper and/or lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eye.

Blepharoplasty can give your eyes a more youthful look and can correct droopy eyelids, a condition called ptosis. You may want a blepharoplasty procedure for cosmetic reasons or to be able to see better. This often depends on what part of the eyelid has the excess skin:

  • Upper eyelids: Excess skin in the upper eyelids can result in a tired appearance or can result in difficulty seeing the top portion of your field of vision. Sometimes, blepharoplasty surgery for the upper eyelid is for cosmetic reasons, while in other cases the surgery is medically necessary to allow you to see better.

  • Lower eyelids: Blepharoplasty in the lower eyelid is usually a cosmetic procedure to improve the shape, contour and appearance of loose skin, bulging fat and irregular shape.

​Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

Candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are:

  • Physically healthy

  • Psychologically stable

  • Realistic in their expectations

Some medical conditions make eyelid surgery more risky, including:

  • Dry eyes

  • Thyroid problems

  • High blood pressure

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Conditions requiring blood thinners

  • Previous eye surgery

  • Diabetes

  • Detached retina

  • Glaucoma

If you have any of these conditions, talk to your doctor to find out if blepharoplasty is appropriate for you.

Blepharoplasty complications

There may be other side effects and complications from the procedure. We work with you to minimize these complications and manage any discomfort you may experience. Learn more about eyelid surgery complications.

Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Temporary vision problems - double or blurred vision may occur after undergoing eyelid surgery. This typically lasts for just a few days following the surgery.
  • Eye closure problems - some patients may have difficulty closing their eyes when they sleep; in rare cases this condition may be permanent.
  • Swelling or asymmetry changes - temporary swelling and a slight imbalance of one eye in relation to the other may occur during the healing or scarring process.
  • Acne - after the stitches are removed, tiny whiteheads may appear. The surgeon can remove the whiteheads with a very fine needle.
  • Ectropion - this extremely rare complication is the pulling down of the lower lids. Further surgery may be required in order to correct this symptom.

 

While every patient’s experience is different, here is a general guide to eyelid surgery:

Where will my surgery be performed?

We will decide with you where to perform the surgery. Location options include:

  • Surgeon's office-based surgical facility

  • Outpatient surgery center

  • Hospital operating room

In the office-based location this will be performed with local anesthesia only and no sedation.  The other facilities can include being sedated or under general anesthesia depending on the patient’s needs.

  • The procedure can last from 30 minutes to several hours depending on what is required for correction of the underlying issues. After the procedure, you may experience short-term side effects including:

  • Eyelids may feel tight

  • Eyelids may feel sore

Recovery

You should expect to have significant bruising (black eyes) for 1-2 weeks and some swelling following surgery. The swelling can persist for several months in some instances.  In most cases, you can expect to be able to go back to work within a few days. Some patient’s may have dry eyes during the recovery process and it is suggested you use some eye drops to help with these symptoms for several weeks following surgery.

3-D Demo Videos

Upper Eyelid Demo
Lower Eyelid Demo