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Eyelid Surgery

Closeup of blue eye and eyebrow at the top of the Eyelid Surgery page

What is it? 

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is surgery to remove excess eyelid skin. In properly chosen patients, these procedures can refresh the eyes to make them look much less upset or tired.

How does it work?

As we age, the skin and muscles start to droop as our tissues lose some of the strength. This can lead to development of puffiness that is difficult to address with fillers or other camouflage methods. Removing extra fat, skin, and redraping the muscles underneath can create a tighter, more youthful contour of the eyes. Incisions are hidden in natural creases and are nearly imperceptible once completely healed.


One week. After the first week, you may gradually increase activity back to normal.

What to expect after surgery?

Most noticeable will be some swelling and bruising after surgery. Depending on which eyelids addressed, you may have incisions carefully sutured together within an upper eyelid crease, or just under the lower eyelid. Any sutures remaining at 1 week are removed.