Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)

Due to heredity or to the natural aging process, some people will develop excess fat, skin, and even muscle around their eyes. This can cause droopiness of the upper eyelids and puffiness in the lower eyelids. These developments may make people appear tired, sad, angry, or older than they feel.  Fortunately, surgery can correct some of these changes yielding a more rested, youthful appearance.

Following surgery, patients may experience temporarily blurred vision and some bruising around the eyes. This can be reduced by careful application of cold packs, saline eye drops and elevation of the head at night. It may be necessary to reduce the amount of time spent watching television or using the computer for a few days. Any discomfort should pass relatively quickly, however, and patients should feel well enough to return to work within a week to ten days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will my eyes change shape after upper and lower eyelid surgery?

A: The permanent shape of the opening of your eyes will not be changed.  Initially there may be swelling that causes a temporary change in the appearance of your eyelids.

Q: After surgery will I have visible scars on my eyelids?

A:  The eyelids heal so well that the scars are almost invisible in a few months.

Q: Will I have bruising?

A: There will be bruising after surgery, more in the lower lids than in the upper lids.  Patients with lighter skin color will have more visible bruising than those with darker skin. Bruising and swelling can be minimized by the application of ice compresses and keeping the head elevated after surgery.

Q: How long is the recovery after having my eyes done?

A:  Most people return to normal daily activities within a week and back to full exercising in two weeks.