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What is a blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a type of surgery that is performed to remove excess skin from the eyelids.  With age, the connective tissues that support the eyelids and overlying skin can weaken.  This can cause excess skin to gather above the eyelids, resulting in a drooping or sagging appearance.

During upper eyelid blepharoplasty, your surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids to tighten the skin and restore a more youthful and vibrant appearance.  Blepharoplasty is one of the most common procedures in facial plastic surgery and is an effective way to give your entire face a refreshed look.

We will determine, based on your examination, if a blepharoplasty may be right for you.  All you have to do is come in for a free consultation.


The Procedure

The blepharoplasty procedure involves making an incision in the upper eyelid crease to remove excess skin and fat.  Blepharoplasty incisions are hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids and gradually fade away over time.


Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed safely under local anesthesia.  If desired, mild sedation can be provided with oral medications.  Our goal is to make every patient as comfortable as possible.  The procedure typically takes about 45-60 minutes to complete.


  • Make arrangements to have a family member or friend drive you to and from your procedure.

  • have someone stay with you for the first night after your procedure.

  • Arrive for your procedure in loose, comfortable clothing.  Your top should button or zip, rather than pull over your head.

  • If you are a smoker, it's best to refrain from smoking for 2 weeks before and after your surgery.  tobacco use damages the small blood vessels throughout your body and has a significant adverse impact on wound healing.

Post-Operative Care & Recovery

  • Upon completion of your procedure, you will be allowed to go home, accompanied by a family member or friend.

  • Bruising and swelling are normal and can last 1-4 weeks.  Patients on blood thinners may have prolonged bruising that will resolve over time.  Measures to reduce post-operative bruising include:

    • Application of a cold compress over the closed eyelids for the first 48 hours following surgery.

    • Keeping the head elevated, and sleeping with the head elevated.

  • Your surgeon will prescribe you with a topical antibiotic/steroid ointment that you will apply to your stitches three times a day for 2-3 weeks following your procedure.  Your sutures will dissolve naturally in 3-5 weeks.

  • Pain after the procedure is generally mild.  Tylenol can be taken post-operatively to ease any symptoms.

  • You will see your surgeon 4-6 weeks following your procedure.  Most patients can return to work 2-3 days following the procedure, unless there is risk of exposure to environmental contaminants.

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