An Eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty) is a procedure to remove fat, usually along with excess skin and muscle, from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid lift can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes – features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision.
The best candidates for eyelid lift are men and women who are physically healthy. Most are 45 or older, but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.
Do I need Surgery?
Though injectable fillers have made huge strides in the past several years, there are some situations where plastic surgery is the best option. Face fillers can treat lines and wrinkles, but their results expire and they can't tighten the skin or re-position the deep tissues. Botox and Dysport injections can lift the eyebrows to an extent, but if your upper eyelids are drooping over or creating heaviness, even after Botos or Dysport, you'll need an eyelid lift. An Eyelid Lift (also called Blepharoplasty) Surgery can also address the excess skin on the lower eyelids, and puffy under-eye bags. If your only issue is the excess skin on the Upper Eyelids, this can be done safely and comfortably in our office. When the Upper and Lower Eyelids need to be addressed, we perform the surgery in a Hospital or Surgery Center Setting.
What to Expect
A Blepharoplasty usually takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. Typically, you can return to work in 7 days. If you wear contact lenses, you can resume wearing them in 2 weeks or more. Strenuous activity can be resumed within about 3 weeks. Most people feel ready to go out in public (and return to work) in a week to 10 days.