Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift) Procedure Facts
The surgical goals for upper lid surgery is to remove excess skin and bulging fat in an effort to “open up” the upper lid giving the patient a more rested and refreshed appearance. Widening of visual fields can also be achieved if excessive upper eyelid skin has partially blocked vision. The surgical goal for lower lid is to conservatively remove any marked excess lower lid skin and correct “bagginess” of the lower lid, providing a more contoured and smooth appearance to the lower lid.
In the upper eyelid, incisions are hidden within the upper eyelid crease. Excess eyelid skin is removed and fat is removed or repositioned. Lower eyelid incisions are made on the inside of the eyelid and occasionally under the lash line. In some cases, excess skin is conservatively removed. Bulging fat is removed or repositioned. Sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia are used for blepharoplasty surgery.
Length of Time
The procedure averages between 1-2 hours. It is performed at a fully accredited outpatient surgery center. Other procedures, such as a Forehead/browlift, Laser Resurfacing, Chemical Peel, and Facial Fat Grafting may complement the procedure.
After the Procedure
Patients return home the day of surgery. Patients should rest and apply cold compresses to the eyes. Patients will return to the office the next day for a post procedure check and again on the seventh day after surgery for suture removal.
Most patients return to work within 1 week. Strenuous activities are restricted for 3 weeks. Mild bruising or swelling around the eyes can occur, and usually resolves within 2 weeks. Patients usually experience only minor post procedure pain.