What is Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty?

Most men and women, as they age, develop excess skin of the upper eyelids and, sometimes, the lower eyelids. “Bags under the eyes” create a tired look and can make one look older than his or her true age. During a blepharoplasty, excess skin is removed from the eyelids along with excess fat. Sometimes the fat is moved to “hollow” areas in an attempt to fill in specific areas around the eyes.

Your surgeon can discuss with you whether you need upper, lower, or both eyelids treated. Most patients will have some swelling for several days, but after a week the eyes appear brighter and more youthful.

What to expect?

Depending on which area of the eyelid is specifically targeted, the results will vary. Incisions for upper eyelid surgery will be made within the natural crease of the eyelid, while lower lid incisions are made just under the lash line but are very well hidden. The precise positioning of the eyelid incisions will prevent visible scars. We will tighten delicate muscles, remove or reposition fat deposits to reduce puffiness, and remove excess skin for an overall refreshed, younger look. Sutures will then be used to close the incisions, and will be removed within 5-7 days.


Your eyes may look swollen and bruised at first, and may feel tight or sensitive to the touch. Elevating your head, using ice or a soothing ointment can help relieve swelling, discomfort, and itching. Visible swelling and bruising usually subside within one or two weeks but complete swelling may take longer to completely resolve. No exercise for about 1-2 weeks and no heavy lifting. Depending on your profession, you may return to work within 1 week.

While the results from eyelid surgery are long lasting, the aging process will continue normally. Upper or lower lid blepharoplasty are often combined with other facial procedures, such as a facelift, to rejuvenate the entire face.

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