Blepharoplasty refers to the surgical removal of excess tissue to rejuvenate the upper and/or lower eyelids. Sometimes referred to as an “eyelid lift“, it can restore a more youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty is one of the most commonly performed surgeries by our oculoplastic team. In fact, blepharoplasty is the 3rd most commonly performed elective surgical procedure in the United States.
When you present for an initial consultation, our Oculoplastic specialists will help you determine what treatment is needed to achieve your desired image. Your eyes will be examined and your detailed medical history will be discussed.
On the day of surgery, every measure is taken to ensure you have a comfortable experience in a center experienced in eye and oculoplastic surgery. Your surgeon will provide local anesthetic after a mild sedative is delivered. Surgery typically lasts from one to two hours.
Postoperatively, mild discomfort is expected for a few days for which pain medication is prescribed. Mild swelling and bruising may occur for up to two weeks. Activity restrictions are minimal and patients typically return to work in a week.
Blepharoplasty is a surgery designed to make the eyes look less tired by smoothing puffiness around the eyes, restoring a more natural upper eyelid crease and softening conspicuous folds on the upper and lower eyelids. In cases where excess tissue is restricting peripheral vision, a blepharoplasty can also improve your field of vision.
If your eyelids droop or sag, then blepharoplasty may be right for you. In certain cases blepharoplasty can also improve symptoms of eye fatigue, improve your enjoyment of reading and driving vision, and improve frontal headaches.