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Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

What is eyelid surgery?

The medical term for an eyelid lift is blepharoplasty. This procedure can remove puffiness or bags under the eyes. It can also correct droopy eyelids.

In this procedure, the physician surgically removes excess fat, muscle, and skin from both the upper and lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eye.

Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery:

Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • temporary vision problems
    Double or blurred vision may occur after undergoing eyelid surgery. This typically lasts for just a few days following the surgery.
  • eye closure problems
    Some patients may have difficulty closing their eyes when they sleep; in rare cases this condition may be permanent.
  • swelling or asymmetry changes
    Temporary swelling and a slight imbalance of one eye in relation to the other may occur during the healing or scarring process.
  • acne
    After the stitches are removed, tiny whiteheads may appear. The surgeon can remove the whiteheads with a very fine needle.
  • ectropion
    This extremely rare complication is the pulling down of the lower lids. Further surgery may be required in order to correct this symptom.

Who are candidates for eyelid surgery?

Candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who meet the following criteria:

  • physically healthy
  • psychologically stable
  • realistic in their expectations
  • age 35 or older

Some medical conditions make eyelid surgery more risky, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • thyroid problems
  • dry eyes
  • lack of sufficient tears
  • high blood pressure
  • circulatory disorders
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • detached retina
  • glaucoma

About the procedure:

Although each procedure varies, generally, eyelid surgeries follow this process:

  • Location options may include:
    • surgeon's office-based surgical facility
    • outpatient surgery center
    • hospital outpatient
    • hospital inpatient
  • Anesthetic options may include:
    • general anesthesia
    • local anesthesia, combined with a sedative (allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed) for adults
  • Average length of procedure:
    • several hours or longer
  • Some possible short-term side effects of surgery:
    • eyelids may feel tight
    • eyelids may feel sore

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