Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty
Melissa Hu, MD
BOARD CERTIFIED FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON
It's natural to take steps to look your best
The eyes are often considered the window to our souls. Loose skin is often a normal part of aging. However, it can make you look older, more tired, and worn especially when it involves the eyelids. Blepharoplasty involves the removal of excess skin, bags, and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. The result is an overall more rejuvenated and brighter appearance.
What Can Eyelid Surgery Address?
Loose skin of the eyelids
Puffy upper eyelids
Lower eyelid bags
Improve field of vision
Improve application of eye makeup
Create a fresh and brighter appearance
DetailsInternal vs. external approach is typically dictated by the problem area. Excessive skin and deep lower eyelid bags is best addressed with an external skin incision. Fullness of the lower eyelids due only to fat may be addressed with an internal incision.
Combining ProceduresOther procedures can be combined with blepharoplasty through a single incision such as ptosis repair, Asian eyelid (double eyelid) surgery, midface suspension.
RecoveryIt takes about two weeks to recover from upper eyelid surgery. The lower eyelids may take 3-4 weeks for recovery due to decreased drainage of the lower eyelids.
PreparingStop aspirin and other NSAIDs at least 10 days before surgery. Arnica which is an herbal supplement which has shown to help swelling and bruising may be started a couple days before your scheduled procedure. Smoking should be completely discontinued 6 weeks before surgery.
RecoveryKeep your head elevated for the first week. Apply ice for the first 3-4 days. Continue arnica until bruising resolves. Ensure good nutrition. Smoking cessation should continue for 6 weeks after surgery.