A procedure called blepharoplasty involves removing extra skin from the eyelids. Eyelids stretch as we age and the muscles that support them weaken. Because of this, extra skin and fat may accumulate above and below your eyelids. This may result in droopy upper lids, sagging brows, and bags beneath the eyes. In addition to getting older, significantly drooping skin around the eyes can impair peripheral vision, particularly in the top and outer regions of the visual field. These eyesight issues can be eliminated or reduced with blepharoplasty. Additionally, the procedure might give eyes a younger, fresher appearance.

Why is it done?

Upper eyelids that are baggy or drooping

Upper eyelid skin that is too thick and partially obstructs peripheral vision

Lower eyelid skin that is too thick

A brow lift, face lift, or skin resurfacing are examples of procedures that can be done concurrently with blepharoplasty.

Prior to the Process

Typically, blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure. Anesthetics may be injected into your eyelids to numb them and administered intravenously to relax you.

During the Process

The surgeon makes a cut along the eyelid fold for the upper eyelids. The surgeon may trim away some extra skin, muscle, and fat. The physician then stitches up the wound.

The surgeon creates a cut inside the lower lid or in the natural crease of your eye on the lower lid, right below the lashes. The surgeon trims or repositions extra muscle, fat, and sagging skin. The physician then stitches up the wound.

Your doctor might perform a ptosis treatment along with blepharoplasty if your upper eyelid hangs down near your pupil. Ptosis is intended to elevate the eyelid and trim away any extra skin.

You spend some time in the recovery area following surgery as staff members keep an eye out for any issues. You can depart later that day so you can recover at home.

Following surgery, you could momentarily experience

  • Vision that is hazy due to the lubricating eye cream you applied
  • Eye irritation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dual perception
  • Floater, numb eyelids
  • Bruises