Blepharoplasty overview

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is now the most common facial plastic surgery procedure among women age 35-60 and is also the second most common cosmetic surgical procedure for males. It can significantly improve your facial appearance, giving a youthful, refreshed look.

As we age, the skin around our eyes becomes loose and begins to sag.  This excess skin can cover a portion of or all of the eyelashes, and can give a sad or tired appearance.  In some cases, excess skin on the upper lid may actually interfere with your peripheral vision.  For these more severe cases, insurance coverage for this procedure is possible. Upper lid blepharoplasty removes excess skin and, sometimes, excess fat over the eyes in order to restore a youthful eyelid contour.  Occasionally, a brow lift is also recommended to maximize the results of an upper lid blepharoplasty if the excess skin on the eyelids is partly due to descent or drooping of the eyebrows.

Lower lid blepharoplasty can make you look refreshed by removing skin and repositioning the fat around the lower eyelids to restore a youthful appearance.  There is a fine balance between a natural looking improvement, and a hollowed out appearance.  We can help you achieve a drastic improvement in the appearance of your eyes without a surgical look.

What to expect if you’re having eyelid surgery

Upper lid blepharoplasty typically take one hour and can be done in the office. The incisions are hidden in the upper lid crease to be minimally visible. For the lower lids, surgery is usually one and a half hours. The incisions are hidden just below the eyelashes, or, occasionally, the lower lids can be improved without any external incisions or scars. All of these procedures for the upper and lower lids can be done in the office with local anesthetic, or in an outpatient surgery center with sedation anesthesia. Either way, you will be able to go home the same day. For the upper lids, most people return to work and social activities within 10-14 days after surgery. The lower lids, however, require more recovery time than the upper eyelids. You will be feeling well, but bruising may last up to two weeks and swelling may last for several months.