Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) is performed to cosmetically and functionally rejuvenate the eyelids and associated structures.  As we age, the eyelid tissues can become loose and baggy, creating a characteristic tired appearance.  Blepharoplasty surgery can improve that tired, worn out look created by reducing hooding of upper lids and the sagging of lower lids. By removing excess fat, muscle and skin, the eyes appear firmer and more youthful. And if there are sagging eyebrows, a forehead lift may compliment blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty surgery is usually performed in the office setting with moderate sedation. Recovery will vary from patient to patient but typically is within 7-10 days. Patients will encounter some degree of swelling and bruising, as with any surgical procedure, but this typically is mild and well tolerated.

For the upper eyelids, incisions are made in natural creases through which fat, excess muscle and skin are removed. Then the incisions are closed with very fine suture. For the lower eyelids, an incision is made behind the eyelid in order to remove the excess fat. If there is excess skin, a skin pinch is performed and the incision is made close to the lash line and then closed with very fine suture.