Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Facial Plastic Surgery

Your eyes and the surrounding features of your face can say a lot about how you feel. Bright, wide-open eyes reflect happiness and energy, while eyes that sag often look sad and tired. Eyelid facial plastic surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can improve the appearance of your eyes and overall face, giving you a refreshed, more youthful look. It can also improve vision, if you suffer from droopy eyelids. Common reasons that patients decide to have eyelid facial plastic surgery include:

  • Heavy or droopy eyelids that obstruct vision
  • Puffy eyelids that result in dark circles beneath the eyes
  • Excess or loose eyelid skin

Eyelid facial plastic surgery can be done on the upper lids, lower lids or both.

Upper Eyelid Facial Plastic Surgery

During upper eyelid facial plastic surgery, an incision is made in the fold of the upper eyelid and excess skin, fat and muscle are removed or repositioned. The scars are most often not seen because they are located in the creases of the eyelid.

Lower Eyelid Facial Plastic Surgery

Lower eyelid facial plastic surgery is done to remove wrinkles and excess skin, so that the eyes do not appear puffy or droopy. A small incision is made inside the eyelid to remove fatty tissue, extra skin and/or muscle. Stitches are not necessary if the incision is made inside the lid.

Postoperative Instructions

Facial plastic surgery patients typically have bruising and swelling around the eyes for a few days up to a maximum of two weeks after surgery. Most patients require only over the counter pain medications. It is best to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting during the recovery period. If external incisions are performed, the use of antibiotic ointment will be recommended.

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