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Eyelid Surgery

  • Length: 1-5 hours (this applies to all facial procedures)
  • Anesthesia: IV Sedation
  • In Patient/Out Patient: Out patient
  • Potential Side Effects/Risks: Bruising, numbness, muscle weakness and nerve weakness
  • Principal Benefits: More youthful, alert appearance

Browlift Surgery & Eyelid Contouring Overview Video

Excess fat and skin on the upper and lower eyelids can make you look tired or much older than you are. The medical term for eyelid surgery is blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery designed to reduce the signs of aging around the eyes and can take years off your face through the removal of protruding fat and hanging eyelid skin. At our practice, blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with brow lift surgery and facelift surgery.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids to rejuvenate the areas around the eye. There are many cosmetic benefits of eyelid surgery, including:

  • Smoother, more lifted skin around the eyes
  • Reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Removal of fat deposits that cause puffiness
  • Reduction of under eye bags and circles
  • A more youthful, revitalized appearance

In addition to the aesthetic benefits of eyelid surgery, this procedure can also effectively restore vision impaired by drooping upper eyelids (called ptosis). Some patients have such severe skin laxity above the eye that the skin sags into their field of vision. After an upper blepharoplasty to remove excess skin, these patients can become able to see without obstruction.

Blepharoplasty Procedure

Prior to deciding on surgery, our patients are encouraged to consult their ophthalmologists or optometrists to ensure they do not have any undetected visual or dryness problems. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, depending upon the patient’s individual needs and expectations. Some patients elect to combine both procedures to achieve more comprehensive rejuvenation.

Upper eyelid surgery is designed to eliminate loose, sagging skin above the eye. The incision can be concealed along the natural crease of the eyelid. During the procedure, the underlying fat can be contoured for a youthful, natural-looking appearance. The underlying musculature can also be tightened to address any laxity.

Lower eyelid surgery is designed to eliminate pockets of fat and excess skin below the eye. The incision can be carefully hidden along the lash line. During the procedure, the excess fat can be repositioned to the tear trough and fill hollowed areas. The underlying ligaments can also be adjusted at this time to better support the eyelid.

After the procedure is complete, most patients will experience only moderate soreness or bruising. These side effects usually last for only a few days; however, every patient responds to the procedure differently. Patients typically take one week off from work to recuperate.

If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, please contact the office of Baltimore plastic surgeon Dr. James Vogel today.

Eyelid Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

My eyelid skin is hanging over my eyes. Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?
Definitely. The removal of upper eyelid skin and fat will improve the overhang.
Is the cost of blepharoplasty covered by health insurance?
When performed for cosmetic reasons, the cost of blepharoplasty is typically not covered by insurance companies. Patients who undergo eyelid surgery to restore their full field of vision may have a portion of the cost of the surgery covered by their health insurance. Most insurance companies will require documentation of this condition from a physician prior to the date of surgery.
Does eyelid surgery effect your Vision?
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) does not have an effect on the eyeball. In some cases vision is enhanced because overhanging skin is removed from acting as an obstruction. In addition, following removal of overhanging, more light is allowed to enter the eye so vision can be enhanced that way, as well. It is a good idea to consult your ophthalmologist or optometrist before getting an eyelid procedure to assure there are not any underlying visual or dryness problems that you may not be aware of.
What is eyelid surgery recovery like?
You will have only moderate soreness for a few days but this improves quickly thereafter. Most people take off about seven days from work to recuperate.
Can I speak to some of your previous patients who had facelifts or eyelid procedures and get a reference?
Absolutely, I would encourage this. My past patients are my greatest endorsement. My staff will gladly arrange this for you.
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