A blepharoplasty is the medical name for eyelid surgery. Sometimes called an “eye lift,” eyelid surgery provides more than a simple cosmetic enhancement. Many factors such as sun exposure, gravity, and even hereditary factors contribute to excess wrinkling and sagging skin of the upper and lower eyelids.
To correct the upper eyelid, an incision is made in the natural crease of the eye so that excess skin can be removed, fat can be repositioned, and muscle can be tightened. For lower lid surgery, the incision is typically made just below the line of the lower lashes. Sometimes the incision is done inside the eyelid. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours.
Like facelift surgery, blepharoplasty can be combined safely with other surgical procedures. When performed correctly, eyelid surgery can often produce dramatic results, providing patients with many years of more youthful eyes and a well-rested appearance. You will be given post-operative instructions and a script for pain medication to help you prepare and plan for your surgery in advance.