Also known as blepharoplasty,
eyelid surgery improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower
eyelids, or both. It gives a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding
area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.
• Upper eyelid surgery can remove excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids.
Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural
contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision, can be treated
by eyelid lift surgery.
• Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can remove excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid.
• Bags under the eyes can be corrected by blepharoplasty.
• Lower eyelid surgery can correct droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored portion of the eye).
Is it right for me?
blepharoplasty procedure is usually performed on adult men and women
who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for
improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area.
should undergo blepharoplasty surgery for yourself, not to fulfill
someone else's desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
Good candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery are:
• Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
• Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for blepharoplasty
• Individuals without serious eye conditions
You must tell your doctor if you have any of these medical conditions:
• Eye disease such as glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina
• Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease and under or overactive thyroid
• Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes
What happens during an eyelid surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
are administered for your comfort during the eyelid surgery procedure.
The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your
doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed for scars to be well
concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region.
conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision
within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allowing repositioning of
fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess
Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an
incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess
skin in the lower eyelids is removed.
A transconjunctival incision,
one hidden inside the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct
lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Eyelid incisions typically are closed with:
• Removable or absorbable sutures
• Skin adhesives
• Surgical tape
Your surgeon may use a laser chemical peel to erase dark discoloration of the lower eyelids.
Step 4 – See the results
results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and
bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and
surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvenated appearance.
your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses
may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with
Your final eyelid surgery results will appear within
several weeks, but it may take up to a year for incision lines to fully
While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain
conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long
sun protection will help to maintain your results.