Eye Lid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

This procedure is designed to improve the appearance of the eyes by removing excess skin and/or fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, making the skin less wrinkled and puffy. When performed on the upper lid, it helps to produce a more wide-awake look, while the removal of excess fatty tissue and wrinkled skin from the lower eyelid has a rejuvenating effect on the face, eliminating or reducing that ‘tired’ look

The surgery

On this procedure, the surgeon makes incisions that follow the natural lines of the patient’s eyelids. This helps to minimize the appearance of scars. For the upper eyelids, the incision is made in the creases of the upper lids. For the lower eyelids, the incision is made just below the lashes. The surgeon may extend the incision into the laugh lines (a.k.a. “Crow’s Feet”) at the outer corners of your eyes in order to reduce their appearance. Using these incisions, your plastic surgeon will separate the skin from the tissue underneath. The excess fat is removed and sagging skin and muscle is trimmed. Your plastic surgeon will close the incisions using very fine sutures.

This is an ambulatory procedure.

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia and complementary sedation, or general anesthesia, according to the complexity of the case.

Surgery length: the surgery will last between one and three hours

The Results

After the blepharoplasty surgery is complete, your eyes will be lubricated with an ointment. Bandages may or may not be applied to the wounds, depending on whether or not they’re needed. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may feel a tightness around your eyelids and they may feel sore. The tightness and soreness is not unusual, but if you feel severe pain, call your plastic surgeon immediately. You will be given a prescription for pain medication. The pain medication should be sufficient to control any discomfort you might have. Once the stitches are out, you should notice some pretty fast improvement. As an added bonus, you’ll feel better without the stitches, too. Healing after surgery takes time. Your scars will eventually fade and become nearly invisible. Until that happens, you can expect that the scars will be pinkish. The pinkness can persist for a half year or so. That’s why the sunscreen is important. The sun can make scars appear more prominent, so protecting them from the sun is essential. For many blepharoplasty patients, the results are permanent. For others, the effects last many years.