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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The eyes are the centerpiece of the face but the aging process can give way to wrinkles, lines and “bags” around the eyes, all of which can contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a corrective procedure that removes excess wrinkles and bulges and provides a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance to the eyes.

Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery

  • Excessive skin, wrinkles and bulges surrounding the eyelids
  • A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors

Procedure Description

The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours of the eyelids, which should leave little to no visible scarring. The upper eyelids are usually operated on first to remove excess skin and fat, then the lower eyelids are completed to eliminate puffiness and excess skin folds. In some instances, laser technology or chemical peels may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas. 

  • Anesthesia: Local or general (eyelid surgery alone can be done in the office)
  • Length of surgery: 45 to 90 minutes
  • Length of stay: Outpatient (home the same day)

Recovery Process and Final Result

  • Back to work: 3 to 7 days
  • Exercise: May be resumed after 10 days
  • Discomfort: Mild to moderate (anticipate 2 to 3 days of prescription pain medication)
  • Swelling: Mild to moderate; should be gone in 2 to 3 weeks
  • Bruising: Common, but should fade 2 weeks following surgery
  • Bandages: None

Appearance will improve for several months following surgery, but the most dramatic results are visible in the first 2 to 3 weeks. 

Other Options For Your Consideration

Eyelid surgery can be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a facelift or nose surgery.  Addressing the eyelids without regard for the brows can incompletely correct the periorbital area and may not improve the appearance of the eyelids. Your surgeon will be able to discuss this with you during your consultation.

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