Eyelid surgery, also called an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty, can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery may be performed for cosmetic reasons to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision.
What can eyelid surgery do for me?
Blepharoplasty is ideal for the correction of:
Loose, sagging and/or folded upper eyelids that may limit vision
Puffy fat deposits in the upper eyelids
Sagging lower eyelids that may show the white of the eyes below the iris
Excess skin in the lower eyelids
Fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids
What won’t blepharoplasty correct?
Blepharoplasty cannot raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, crow’s feet or dark circles under the eyes. however, eyelid lifts can be combined with other procedures such as brow lifts and corrugator muscle modification (for vertical frown lines) to enhance a more youthful appearance.
Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places; in the natural creases of the upper lids for upper eyelid blepharoplasty and just below the lash line on the lower lids for lower eyelid blepharoplasty. If no skin needs to be removed, the surgeon will likely perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars.
Bruising, swelling and a sense of tightness in the eyelids are temporary and should subside within 2-4 weeks. Most patients can resume activities in 5 days, after sutures are removed, and return to work in about 10 days. Bright light and environmental sensitivity normally abates after a month or two. Contact lens wearing may be resumed when irritation subsides after a couple of weeks.