Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Surgery & Recovery Explained


“Eyes are the windows to the soul”. The eyelids frame and protect the eyes, bringing beauty and expression to the face.  As we get older, the eyelid tissues become thinner and the skin loses elasticity contributing to a “tired” or aged appearance. It is also common to notice more puffiness around the eyes and visible dark circles and wrinkles.

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a common procedure used to rejuvenate the eyes, treat excess skin, puffiness and dark circles. During a blepharoplasty, the excess skin is removed and bulging fat is trimmed for a rejuvenated look. If the eyelids are sunken or hollow, fat grafting can be added to the eyelids.

A blepharoplasty can be done for the upper and lower eyelids depending on the individual needs. Small incisions are placed inside the lids or in the natural creases of the lids where the scar can be hidden. Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery done under local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia. Bruising and swelling is expected for a few days after the procedure. Ice and anti-inflammatories are used to treat swelling or any discomfort.

You may need to have stitches removed a few days after the blepharoplasty. Expect at least two weeks for complete recovery, so it is recommended that you perform the procedure 2-4 weeks before any major social events.

A careful evaluation by one of our cosmetic surgeons will help you decide which is the best option for you. Our goal is to provide beautiful and natural results that fit your needs.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgeon