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Eyelid Surgery FAQ

Is eyelid surgery right for you?

Your eyes are often the first place to show the signs of aging. Surgery of the eyelids (blepharoplasty) can remove the excess fat and drooping skin of the upper eyelids as well as minimize bags under the eyes and tighten the lower eyelid skin. The result is a more alert, rested and youthful appearance.

What happens during eyelid surgery?

Upper eyelids – Typically, the incision begins within the natural crease of the eye’s inside corner and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the crow’s feet or laugh lines. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. The incision line follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, and is camouflaged when healed.

Lower Eyelids – Usually the incision is concealed just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed. The fat may also be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. In some patients, the underlying muscle will be tightened.

Eyelid surgery usually takes about one hour and can often be done in an office setting to reduce down time and cost.

What results should I expect?

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You should expect a more youthful looking eye that exudes restfulness. Eyelid surgery offers wonderful results in just a few short days but the improvements get even better with time.

What can I expect post-surgery?

After surgery, there may be some mild soreness, but this is easily controlled with medication. Any swelling and bruising can be minimized by keeping cold compresses on your eyes, as well as by following post-operative instructions. Most of our patients are up and around one or two days after the procedure and usually return to work in a week or less.