Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, removes fatty deposits, loose and sagging skin that forms around the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct older and tired looking features. Eyelid lift can help you achieve healthy younger looking eyelids. Eyelid surgery can sometimes be done in conjunction with forehead and face lifts.

Procedure: Excess fat, muscle, and skin are removed from the eyelids to redefine their shape. An incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Excess skin and fat are removed while the muscle is tightened and then the incision is carefully closed. The crease in the eyelid hides the incisions. Lower eyelid incisions are made directly below the eyelashes to avoid a visible scar. The procedure can be performed with local anesthesia or with a sedative. If performed with another procedure general anesthesia can be used. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Post-op: Ice compressions should be applied frequently after surgery. Due to medications administered during surgery, blurred vision may occur. Cosmetic cover-up can be applied 4 days after surgery, and all other make-up can be applied 7 days after surgery. It is important to wash make-up off at the end off the day using an upward motion. Complications following this surgery are rare but they include: Improper closure of the eyes during sleep, dryness of eyes, light sensitivity, and sagging of the upper eyelids. Swelling and discoloration are common but will disappear in 5 to 10 days. As you grow older, the skin around the eyes will loosen and additional folds may be created in which case another eyelid surgery may need to be performed.