Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can reduce excess skin or “bags” under the eyes, providing a more youthful appearance to the eyes.  One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes.  During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Excess skin on the upper eyelids can interfere with peripheral vision, and insurance will sometimes cover an upper eyelid blephroplasty for this reason. Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or brow lift.

Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:

  • Bags under the eyes.
  • Excessive skin surrounding the eyelids.
  • A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.

General Procedure

The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes. The surgeon will often work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin.  Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles.

The surgery generally takes about one to three hours.  If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.

Recovery Process

Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time.  Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery.  The healing process for this procedure is slightly longer than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting.  Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.