Eyelid Surgery Overview

*Treatment results may vary


Dr. Philip Solomon discusses the benefits of both eyelid surgery.

Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift, is a procedure designed to treat crepey eye skin, drooping eyelids, puffy bags and dark circles under the eyes. Work on the upper and lower eyelids is often performed in separate procedures.

The procedure can be done using either a scalpel or a laser, depending on the surgeon's preference. Double eyelid surgery, or Asian blepharoplasty, is a variation of the procedure that also includes the creation or accentuation of an eyelid crease. 

Related: Eyelid surgery frequently asked questions

Potential results

With successful eyelid surgery, the result should be a smoother look. With optimal results, eyes should be brighter, tighter and more open. The results will vary based on the patients need.

Risks and complications

There is the chance the procedure could cause dry eyes. Patients who already have dry eyes are at the risk of having the condition worsen after surgery. If too much skin is removed during surgery, there is the risk of the inability to close the upper eyelid. The experience level of your surgeon can go a long way in preventing potential complications. 

Recovery time

Some patients experience swelling and bruising after surgery, but the majority don't experience much pain. Many doctors advise patients take at least two weeks to recover before returning to normal activities. 

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