Eyelid surgery


Unlock the secrets to brighter, more youthful eyes with blepharoplasty, a transformative cosmetic surgery that rejuvenates your appearance. Our comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about eyelid surgery, from the procedure itself to recovery and long-term results.


  • Rejuvenate the overall appearance of the eyes
  • Puffiness or bags under the eyes
  • Corrects drooping or sagging upper eyelids
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Enhances the overall balance and harmony of the face
  • Blepharoplasty can boost self-confidence

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  • You have loose or sagging skin on your upper or lower eyelids
  • You have puffiness or under-eye bags caused by fat deposits
  • Your upper eyelids are sagging to the extent that it affects your vision or appearance
  • Your eye health, including conditions like dry eye, glaucoma, or retinal issues, can impact your candidacy for surgery
  • You are prepared to take time off for recovery (~2 days)
Blepharoplasty A surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin, fat, or muscle
Upper Blepharoplasty A specific type of blepharoplasty that targets the upper eyelids to correct drooping or sagging
Lower Blepharoplasty A procedure focused on the lower eyelids to address under-eye bags, puffiness, and wrinkles
Ptosis A condition characterized by drooping or sagging of the upper eyelids, often requiring surgical correction
Canthopexy A surgical technique that supports the outer corner of the eye to prevent or correct lower eyelid malposition
Incision The surgical cut made in the eyelid during the procedure to access the underlying tissues
Anesthesia Medication used to ensure the patient is pain-free and comfortable during the surgery

The success and safety of your nose surgery depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle before blepharoplasty surgery.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Medical History: You will need to provide your complete medical history, including past surgeries, medical conditions, and medications you are currently taking.
  • Eyelid Concerns: Clearly express your concerns and reasons for seeking eyelid surgery. Describe the specific issues you wish to address, such as excess skin, drooping, puffiness, or wrinkles.
  • Expectations: Be honest about your expectations and what you hope to achieve with the surgery. Realistic expectations are essential.
  • Photos: The surgeon may take photographs of your eyes for reference and to include in your medical records.
  • Questions: Prepare a list of questions to ask the surgeon about the procedure, recovery, and potential risks.

Your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate Eye Health: Your eyes will be examined to assess their health and to identify any pre-existing conditions that might impact the surgery.
  • Discuss Surgical Options: The surgeon will explain the different surgical options available, such as upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both, depending on your needs.
  • Customized Treatment Plan: Based on your concerns and physical evaluation, the surgeon will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique situation.
  • Risk Assessment: The surgeon will discuss the potential risks and complications associated with eyelid surgery.
  • Preoperative Instructions: You will receive preoperative instructions, which may include dietary restrictions, medication adjustments, and lifestyle changes before the surgery.
  • Cost and Financing: The financial aspects, including the cost of the surgery and payment options, will be discussed.
  • Postoperative Care: Your surgeon will explain what to expect during the recovery period, including downtime and any necessary follow-up appointments.
  • Consent Forms: If you decide to proceed with the surgery, you will be provided with consent forms to review and sign.

The consultation is a crucial step in the process, allowing you to learn more about the procedure and make an informed decision about whether eyelid surgery is right for you.

Before nose surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Medical Evaluation: Undergo a thorough medical evaluation, including a review of your medical history, to ensure you are in good health for the procedure.
  • Lab Tests: Complete any necessary blood tests or other lab work to assess your overall health and ensure there are no underlying medical conditions that could affect the surgery.
  • Medication Adjustment: Follow specific instructions regarding the adjustment or temporary cessation of certain medications, especially blood-thinning medications, to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding during and after the surgery.
  • Smoking Cessation: If you are a smoker, you may be advised to quit smoking or refrain from smoking for a specified period before and after the surgery to promote proper healing.
  • Alcohol and Diet: You may receive guidance on alcohol consumption and dietary restrictions before the surgery to minimize potential complications.
  • Hydration: Stay well-hydrated before the surgery to aid in the healing process.
  • Arrangements for Transportation: Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility on the day of the procedure, as you will likely be unable to drive due to anesthesia.

Special instructions you receive will cover:

  • Anesthesia: Details about the type of anesthesia to be used and what to expect during the administration process.
  • Surgical Timeline: Information on the expected duration of the surgery and the approximate time you will need to spend at the surgical facility.
  • Postoperative Care: Guidance on what to expect immediately after the surgery, including pain management and wound care.
  • Downtime: Information on the expected downtime, which may include time off work and restrictions on physical activities.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Scheduling and details of postoperative follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress.
  • Potential Complications: A discussion of potential risks and complications associated with the surgery and what to do if you experience them.

It's crucial to carefully follow these preoperative instructions to ensure a safe and successful blepharoplasty procedure and a smooth recovery process. Always consult with your surgeon for specific and personalized guidance.

The risks of rhinoplasty include:

  • Infection: Any surgical procedure carries a risk of infection. Your surgeon will take steps to minimize this risk, such as sterilizing equipment and providing postoperative care instructions.
  • Bleeding: Some bleeding is normal after surgery, but excessive bleeding can be a risk, especially if you are taking blood-thinning medications or have a bleeding disorder.
  • Scarring: While efforts are made to minimize scarring, there may be some visible scarring at the incision sites, which typically fade over time.
  • Asymmetry: Achieving perfect symmetry in the eyelids is challenging, and there may be slight differences in the appearance of the treated eyelids.
  • Dry Eyes: Temporary or, in rare cases, chronic dry eye symptoms can occur after surgery, causing discomfort and eye irritation.
  • Ectropion or Entropion: These conditions involve the lower eyelid turning outward (ectropion) or inward (entropion) and may require additional surgery to correct.
  • Hematoma: A collection of blood outside blood vessels can develop, leading to swelling and discomfort.
  • Anesthesia Risks: While rare, there are potential risks associated with anesthesia, including allergic reactions or adverse effects.

Blepharoplasty is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified surgeon in an accredited facility, and most patients achieve their desired results with minimal complications. However, it's important to be aware of the potential risks and safety measures to make an informed decision and ensure a successful outcome. Always consult with your surgeon to address any concerns or questions you may have about the procedure.

1. Consultation and Evaluation:

Your journey begins with a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During this consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your eyelids, discuss your goals, and assess your medical history.

2. Anesthesia:

On the day of the surgery, you will be given anesthesia. The type of anesthesia (local, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia) will depend on the extent of the procedure and your surgeon's preference.

3. Incisions:

The surgeon will make carefully planned incisions based on the type of blepharoplasty you are undergoing. For upper eyelid surgery, incisions are typically made along the natural creases of the upper eyelids. For lower eyelid surgery, incisions can be made just below the lash line or inside the lower lid (transconjunctival incision).

4. Tissue Removal and Adjustment:

Excess skin, fat, and muscle may be removed or repositioned to achieve the desired aesthetic result. For upper eyelids, the surgeon will focus on addressing sagging skin and fat deposits. Lower eyelid surgery may involve addressing under-eye bags and puffiness.


The incisions are carefully closed with sutures, surgical adhesive, or skin adhesives. These closure techniques are designed to minimize scarring.

6. Postoperative Care:

Your surgeon will provide instructions on postoperative care, which may include eye drops, ointments, and cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising.

7. Recovery:

You will be monitored in a recovery area until you are fully awake and can be discharged. It's important to have someone available to drive you home, as you may be temporarily impaired due to the effects of anesthesia.

8. Follow-up Appointments:

You will attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing. Your surgeon will remove sutures if necessary.

9. Healing and Scarring:

Over time, any scarring from the incisions will gradually fade. The healing process can take several weeks to months, and results will become more apparent as swelling subsides.

10. Long-Term Care:

To maintain your results, it's important to protect your skin from sun exposure and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Blepharoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure, and most patients can resume normal activities within a week or two, though complete healing may take longer. The specific steps and techniques used can vary based on the individual's unique needs and the surgeon's approach. Always follow your surgeon's recommendations for the best possible outcome.

Immediately After Surgery:

  • Expect swelling and bruising.
  • Rest with your head elevated.
  • Apply cold compresses as recommended.
  • Use prescribed eye drops or ointments.
  • Mild discomfort is common.

First Week:

  • Many can return to work.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Sutures may be removed.
  • Makeup near incisions may be discouraged.

First Few Weeks to Months:

  • Attend follow-up appointments.
  • Protect eyes from sun exposure with sunglasses.
  • Final results may take weeks to become visible.

Recovery experiences can vary, so follow your surgeon's guidance for the best results.

Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Rhinoplasty prices can vary widely. A surgeon’s cost may vary based on his or her experience as well as geographic office location.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

The price of nose surgery may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests

When nose surgery is performed to improve breathing function, this procedure is considered reconstructive and may be covered by insurance. This requires a detailed examination to verify the cause of your breathing impairment and prior authorization from your insurer. Your satisfaction involves more than a fee.

When choosing a plastic surgeon for nose surgery, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

  • Am I a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
  • What Are the Different Types of Blepharoplasty?
  • Can You Explain the Procedure in Detail?
  • What Are the Risks and Complications?
  • What Type of Anesthesia Will Be Used?
  • Where Will the Surgery Take Place?
  • What Are the Preoperative and Postoperative Instructions?
  • What Is the Recovery Time?
  • Can I See Before-and-After Photos of Previous Patients?
  • How Long Will the Results Last?
  • What Are the Costs and Payment Options?

In general, the results of blepharoplasty can last for many years, and the procedure can provide a more youthful and refreshed appearance. However, it's important to have realistic expectations and be prepared for the natural aging process. Consult with your surgeon to understand the expected longevity of your specific results and any additional maintenance or touch-up procedures that may be recommended.

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