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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty, or surgery of the eyelids, is performed to improve the appearance of excess skin and fullness around the eyes. It can also help patients whose eyesight is limited by excess skin overlying the eyes. Fullness around the eyes occurs due to sagging skin and fat that can accumulate due to genetics and the natural course of aging. Upper and/or lower blepharoplasty can remove this unnecessary, redundant tissue to give you a more natural and rejuvenated appearance.

Eyelid Surgery Can Correct...

Bulging Around the Eyes
Bulging around the eyes is often due to excess fat pouching forward. This fat is not necessary for the health of your eyes. Eyelid surgery can remove the fat to smooth out the tissue, reduce under-eye bags, and rejuvenate the appearance.
Sagging Upper / Lower Eyelids
Skin laxity, typically due to aging, can occur in the upper and/or lower eyelids. This leads to sagging, surplus eyelid skin with prominent wrinkles and folds. Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and lift the eyelids to create a smoother, softer, and more youthful look.
A Tired, Sad, Aging Appearance
Bulging, bags, and sagging eyelids reinforce the image of aging. The excess tissue may cause others to perceive you as constantly weary, sad, or noticeably aging. Eyelid surgery corrects these issues and effectively restores a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Overlying Tissue That Blocks Vision
Sagging skin in the upper eyelids can hang over the eyes and limit the range of eyesight. By trimming away the excess upper eyelid skin, eyelid surgery may help clear away the obstruction and allow you to see more clearly.

Eyelid Lift Techniques

Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

Dr. Schmidt can perform an upper lid blepharoplasty to address redundant skin and bulging fat in the upper eyelids. The procedure is performed either in the office or at a local surgery center, depending on your preference. The incisions are placed in the natural creases of the upper eyelids, and excess skin and fat are typically removed. The skin of the upper eyelids is pulled smoother and tighter to reduce wrinkles, sagging, and hooding. Afterward, the upper eyelids will look more youthful, natural, awake, and refreshed. If desired, you can undergo blepharoplasty on both the upper and lower eyelids together as a single procedure.
Actual Patient

Lower Lid Blepharoplasty

Dr. Schmidt can perform a lower eyelid blepharoplasty to address bulging fat and/or redundant skin in the lower eyelid area. The procedure is typically performed under twilight anesthesia at a local surgery center. The incisions are hidden below the lower eyelash line or inside the lower eyelids. Depending on your needs, the surgeon will remove just fat, just skin, or both. Afterward, the lower eyelids will look smoother and more youthful and natural. If desired, you can undergo blepharoplasty on both the upper and lower eyelids together as a single procedure.

After Your Surgery

Recovery

Most patients are pleasantly surprised to discover that an eyelid lift has a generally easy recovery. You will be allowed to return home shortly after the procedure. Some bruising and swelling should be expected, but this typically resolves within one to two weeks. Ice or cold compresses can reduce these symptoms. You may experience increased dryness and irritation in your eyes as well as blurred vision for the first few days of recovery. You will be given specific postoperative instructions to help your recovery go smoothly. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outdoors, and use any eye drops or ointments as directed. The sutures are usually removed after five days. Most patients return to work shortly after the sutures are removed, but you may feel up to working from home as early as one or two days after the surgery.

Pain

During recovery from blepharoplasty, any pain is typically minimal. A mild pain reliever can be used to ease any discomfort as needed. As the tissues heal, discomfort will subside quickly.

Scars

For eyelid surgery, the incisions are hidden in the natural folds around the eyes. This ensures that scarring is minimal and easily blends with the contours of the upper and lower eyelids. As healing progresses, the scars should fade to the point where they are nearly imperceptible.

Results

Bruising and swelling during the initial recovery period will temporarily mask the changes in your appearance after eyelid surgery. As the tissues around the eyes heal over the following days and weeks, the improvements will become noticeable. Your eyelids will look smoother and more youthful, and your appearance will be dramatically refreshed. Blepharoplasty has the potent ability to make it look as though the whole face is rejuvenated because the eye area has been restored. Eyelid surgery results are long lasting.

Actual Patients and Testimonials

"From my experience I am very pleased with my progress and look forward to the final results in a few months!"
"I was so happy I did it after seeing before pictures on Facebook"

Frequently Asked Questions

Blepharoplasty candidates have excess skin and/or fat in their upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. You may also be a candidate if your upper eyelids sag over your eyes and obstruct your vision. Candidates should be in good general health without glaucoma or other serious eye conditions. Dr. Schmidt can help you determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure.
Many patients choose to have additional facial rejuvenation procedures at the same time as their eyelid lift. Some of the most popular procedures to combine with eyelid surgery are brow lift surgery and facelift surgery.
An eyelid lift doesn’t need to be expensive. Many insurance plans will help you cover the expense of upper lid blepharoplasty if your upper eyelid skin causes visual obstruction. You can also elect to undergo upper lid blepharoplasty in the office to reduce the expense of going to a surgery center.
Slight bruising and swelling are common after any facial surgery. Depending on their extent, you may feel the need to avoid going out in public for a short while after your procedure. Bruising should subside by one to two weeks, though you may be able to reduce bruising by using ice or cold compresses in the early hours after your surgery. You can also limit bruising during recovery by keeping your head elevated and avoiding strenuous activities. Makeup and sunglasses may be worn to disguise any noticeable signs of surgery if you wish to go out in public before you have completely healed. To be safe, schedule your procedure at least three weeks in advance of any major social events.
Even though aging will continue normally, the results of blepharoplasty are usually long lasting. You can prolong your results by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen on a regular basis and by adopting a reliable skin care routine.