Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Surgery

As your eyelids stretch and sag downward, the supporting muscles actually weaken. To add insult to injury, fat tends to gather above and below the eyelids, pulling them farther down and taking your eyebrows with them. The downward shift can lead to puffy bags under your eyes as well. This not only makes you look older but may also impair your vision.

Blepharoplasty, more simply known as eyelid surgery, corrects these issues by removing the puffiness and bags under your eyes that give you a tired, worn out look. Regain the sleek yet voluptuous shape of your face with this incredible facial cosmetic surgery procedure.

New and Traditional Techniques

Traditional Blepharoplasty: An incision is made in the crease of the upper lid toward the temples. Once healed, it is not noticeable when the eye is open. On the lower lid, the incision is made along the lash line toward the temples, and is hidden by lashes when healed.

The Transconjunctival Approach: This is a newer technique for lid blepharoplasty, involving an incision inside the lower lid. Fat can be removed through this incision, but excess skin cannot be eliminated.

Laser resurfacing of the eyelids is a non-surgical alternative that may delay the need for a surgical blepharoplasty. It results in significant tightening of the skin around the eyes, but will not effect the fat around the eyes and may even accentuate it.

Please ask your doctor if you have any questions about which procedure is right for you.

The Surgery

Local anesthesia is given around the eyes. An intravenous line is started so that sedation may also be given. During the procedure you will be awake but comfortable and relaxed. General anesthesia is rarely used.

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at our surgical center. It is important to arrange for care after the surgery. Someone must drive you home and be available to care for you for the first 24 hours.

Complications are unlikely when performed by a surgeon with experience in blepharoplasty. These include: bleeding and swelling, delayed wound healing, infection, drooping of eye upper or lower eyelid, asymmetry, double vision and dry eyes.