Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Droopy, puffy eyelids can make you appear tired or older than you are. Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, can remove excess skin and fat to help restore the eyes to their natural appearance while reducing the signs of aging. In some cases, it can even improve vision impaired by sagging lids.

The upper blepharoplasty procedure begins with an incision made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away from the eyelid. Lower eyelid fat is removed through an incision on the inside of the eyelid. This may be combined with excision of a pinch of skin just under the eyelashes or possibly with either laser resurfacing or a chemical peel of the periorbital skin.

This outpatient procedure, which typically takes one to three hours, is considered to be permanent in many cases (although it will not prevent natural aging). Following surgery, side effects such as dry eyes, swelling, bruising, and sensitivity to light may occur, but they should fade within 10 days.