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The eyes are one of the first areas of the face people notice. Over time, the skin around them can begin to sag, causing the face to appear older and age you beyond your years. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the areas around the eyes. It can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or a combination of the two. 

The Eyelid Surgery Procedure

The procedure takes one to two hours to complete and is typically performed on an outpatient basis. This allows patients to recover comfortably at home following the procedure.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The surgeon will make an incision at the eyelid’s crease during the upper eyelid procedure. This allows any scars to be naturally concealed. The surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from around the eyelids through the incision to create a more rejuvenated and lifted appearance. 

Lower Eyelid Surgery

For lower eyelid surgery, the incision may be made just below the eyelashes, or for those with excess fat beneath the eyes, an incision is made inside the lower eyelid. Both offer the surgeon an entry point to remove excess fat and skin through a well-concealed incision. 

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What Eyelid Surgery Can Treat

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags beneath the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Who Is a Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

Good candidates for eyelid surgery include:

  • Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions

The appearance of a drooping upper lid may also be due to relaxation of the forehead skin and eyebrows. Sometimes stretching out of the upper eyelid muscle may cause a drooping eyelid. This is called eyelid ptosis and requires a different surgical treatment. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy thoroughly and discuss what procedures might best remedy your concerns.

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Combining Eyelid Surgery With Other Procedures

Your eyelid surgery can be combined with other procedures to enhance your results further. Dr. Espinoza can evaluate your face during your consultation to make a personalized recommendation. Some of the best procedures to combine with eyelid surgery include:

  • Facelift: A facelift can lift the area of the mid-face by removing excess skin. This can leave patients looking more youthful and refreshed. 
  • Neck lift: The neck can also show common signs of aging, including sagging skin. A neck lift can help eliminate this, leaving you looking more contoured. 

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

The recovery period from eyelid surgery is one to two weeks. Patients experience tightness, discomfort, or soreness around the eyes after surgery. It is also common to experience swelling and bruising around the eyes. These side effects will resolve within a few weeks of surgery. Most patients can return to work or other social activities after one to two weeks.

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