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Eyelid Surgery Description

Removal of excess skin and/or fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, or repositioning and tightening of eyelid tissues to make eye area appear more youthful and less tired.

Length of Surgery

One to three hours

In / Outpatient



Local with Conscious IV Sedation or General

Recovery Time from Treatment

Return to work in 5 to 14 days. Avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks.

Treatment Frequency

Generally once, but the effects of aging will continue.

Risks-Include but not limited to

Infection, bleeding, impaired eyelid function, asymmetry, complications related to anesthesia.

Duration of Results

Approximately 10 to 20 years, but may be affected by lifestyle factors and heredity.

Essential Questions

  1. What techniques do you recommend for my upper and/or lower Blepharoplasty?
  2. Where will the incisions and resulting scars be located?
  3. What type of anesthesia do you recommend?
  4. Will I look less tired?
  5. Will eyelid surgery alone achieve my goals?

Eyelid Surgery Inside Tip

If your upper eyelid skin sags so far down that your vision is significantly impaired, this surgery may be considered reconstructive and possibly eligible for insurance coverage. Your ophthalmologist or optometrist would perform a Visual Field test and then your insurance company would determine if you qualify for coverage.