Upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, improves the appearance of the upper eyelids by removing or repositioning fat, excess skin or muscle to make you look more rested and youthful. Excess skin can cause hooding over the eyelids, which creates a tired appearance, but blepharoplasty is designed to remove excess deposits of fat that make the upper-eyelids appear puffy and droopy. This procedure can be performed alone or with other procedures to enhance the contour of the face.

Lower eyelid surgery is designed to correct puffy or baggy eyes to create a refreshed, more youthful look. This procedure improves the eyelid cheek junction, which may involve the repositioning or resectioning of fat and excess skin. Lower eyelid surgery may be performed either alone or in tandem with other procedures, as patients who have more extensive malar bags or descent of the cheek may also benefit from a check or midface lift.
Droopy eyelids are caused by a condition called ptosis, which can impair vision and peripheral vision, especially at night. Ptosis is caused when the eyelid margin falls or droops over the colored part of the eye, resulting in a tired look.

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Patients may be sensitive to light after surgery, and we recommend that you abstain from wearing contacts for approximately two weeks. Many of our patients return to normal activity in one to two weeks and resume full activity in four to six weeks.

Blepharoplasty FAQ

What causes droopy upper eyelids?The medical term for the condition is eyelid ptosis, and it is most often the result of normal aging. However, it can also be caused by a congenital abnormality or due to nerve injury. Upper eyelids droop because of weakness or stretching of the muscle responsible for opening the eyelid, excess upper eyelid skin, or nerve damage to the eyelid muscles.
What are typical symptoms?Symptoms associated with ptosis that occurs with aging are often seen in both eyes and result in drooping of the eyelid and excessive tearing. In some people, the drooping causes vision impairment by interfering with peripheral vision, especially impacting night vision.
How can droopy upper eyelids be corrected?People with ptosis can elect to have eyelid surgery to improve their appearance and make them look younger, more rested and alert. The muscle is repaired and excess skin removed through incisions that are hidden within the natural folds of the upper eyelids.
How long does the procedure take?It’s usually done as an outpatient and involves one to two hours of surgery. There is some swelling and bruising of the eyelids afterwards but usually only a week or so of downtime. In some cases, if the drooping eyelids have interfered with vision, the surgery may be covered by insurance.

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