How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?

Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the eyes. Upper and lower incision lines are marked along the natural skin folds of the eyelids.  The fine incisions made are hidden in the natural skin folds or lash lines of the eyelids and are almost invisible during healing.  In some cases, with surgery of the lower eyelids, an incision is made on the underside of the eyelid so it is completely invisible during healing.

Blepharoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, depending on the amount of reconstruction needed, the patient's preference, and health.

Quiet rest with the head elevated is usually recommended after surgery to relieve any soreness and discomfort.  Cold compresses may be applied to reduce swelling and bruising which may last several days.  You will need to clean the area around the eye during healing and in some cases eye drops may be recommended.

Where fine sutures are used they either dissolve on their own or are removed a few days after surgery.  Temporary blurred vision and excessive tearing may also be experienced after the procedure.