What Is a Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, provides a more youthful, alert appearance to the upper and/or lower eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty targets excess skin on the upper eyelid, which can inhibit vision and create a perpetually tired appearance. Lower blepharoplasty improves the appearance of wrinkles and puffy, sagging skin beneath the eyes. Upper and lower blepharoplasty can be combined during the same procedure.

The Benefits of Blepharoplasty

  • Brightens the eyes
  • Improves the appearance
  • May improve vision
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The Blepharoplasty Procedure

Upper Eyelid

  • A small incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid.
  • The surgeon removes excess fat, tightens the underlying muscles, and removes excess sagging skin before closing the incisions with removable sutures or surgical tape.
  • Patients experience a younger, more alert appearance, and their vision will no longer be blocked by excess sagging skin.

Lower Eyelid

  • A small incision is made below the lower lash line.
  • The surgeon removes or repositions excess fat and then closes the incisions with removable sutures or surgical tape. An alternate option is an incision inside the lower eyelid (transconjunctival) wherein no skin is removed.
  • Wrinkles and puffy bags under the eyes are removed, leaving the patient with a refreshed, younger-looking appearance.

Combination Procedure

An eyelid lift can be performed in combination with many procedures, including a facelift, browlift, injectables, and skin care treatments. Combining procedures lowers the cost of surgery because certain fees only need to be paid once. Patients who combine procedures also save the time they spend in preparation for surgery, time away from work, and time spent in recovery. Combining facial plastic surgery procedures is a great option for patients who want total facial rejuvenation.