Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids to correct drooping upper lids, puffy bags or loose skin below the eyes. This procedure is not intended to remove wrinkles, dark circles around the eyes, crow's feet or saggy eyebrows.

The Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers comprehensive surgical procedures for eyelid surgery. Surgeons use leading-edge technology and world-class surgical techniques.

Upper Eyelid Lift Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty)

As we age, the skin, fatty tissues and muscles above the eye begin to sag or droop. This can give a person a tired, aged look.

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat, skin and muscle from either the upper, the lower or both eyelids. The surgery corrects drooping upper lids or puffy bags or loose skin below the eyes. The procedure is not intended to remove wrinkles, dark circles around the eyes, crow's feet or saggy eyebrows.

Depending on the patient's needs and the surgeon's technique, eyelid surgery can take one to two hours to complete.

In the procedure for lifting the upper portion of the eye and incision is made in the creases of the upper lids. The underlying fatty tissue and muscle area is then separated to allow surgeons to remove excess fat, saggy skin and muscle.

Lower Eyelid Surgical Procedure

Aging can also lead to excess fat, skin and muscle under the eye. When this happens, puffy bags or loose skin develops under the eye. This may make a person look older or tired.

Lower blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove the excess fat, skin and muscles from under the eye. It will not remove wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes or crow's feet. The procedure takes one to two hours, depending on the patient's needs and the surgeon's technique.

In lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made just below the lashes of the lower lid. The fatty tissue and muscle under the skin are separated. This allows surgeons to remove the excess fat, skin and muscle.

Often a person will have both lower and upper eyelid surgery done.

After Surgery

Following surgery, patients may experience blurred vision, swelling and some pain and discomfort around the eyelids. Surgeons prescribe medication or use other methods to ease these complications. To reduce swelling and bruising, patients are advised to keep their head elevated for several days and to use cold compresses. Stitches are usually removed two days to a week after surgery. Patients begin to look and feel better two weeks after the procedure.