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Eyelid Surgery Facts

Medical Name:
Blepharoplasty
Common Name:
Eyelid Surgery
Estimated Cost:
$2,500
Type of Anesthesia:
Local / General
Length of Procedure: 1 to 3 hours
Down Time: 1 to 2 days
Recovery Time: 2 weeks
Discomfort Level: Mild to Moderate Pain
Procedure Location: Office, Clinic, Hospital
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What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that can enhance the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower, or both. As we grow older, excess skin and fat begin to accumulate around our eyelids. This is the result of the eyelid skin stretching and muscles weakening. The excess fat causes the appearance of puffiness in the eyes. The eyes then appear to have “bags’ surrounding them. These “bags” around the eyes can make the individual look tired, sad or angry.

Upper eyelid surgery can correct puffy and drooping upper eyelids, which results in a more youthful and refreshed appearance that can last for years. This procedure can also improve your peripheral vision as excess skin that forms around the upper eyelids can actually interfere with vision.

During upper eyelid surgery, fat, along with excess skin and muscle are removed from the upper eyelids to achieve an enhanced appearance. This can be performed alone, or it can be performed in conjunction with a brow lift. Both procedures will result in a more natural, younger and more rested looking appearance.

Lower eyelid surgery corrects puffiness in the lower eyelids. This procedure, much like upper eyelid surgery, involves the removal of fat, along with excess skin and muscle from the lower eyelids. For those who only need to have pockets of fat removed from their lower eyelid, patients may undergo transconjunctival blepharoplasty. This is where an incision is made inside the lower eyelid and leaves no visible scar. Be sure to consult with your physician about the different methods used to achieve a more enhanced lower eyelid appearance.

Take some time to look through our “Essential Facts” on eyelid surgery. You can also take a look at more detailed information on the procedure in our “Research” section. If you are considering eyelid surgery and would like to gain the information you need to make a well-informed decision, then please consult with a cosmetic surgeon.

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