Eyelid surgery (technically called blepharoplasty) is a procedure that removes excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery is used to correct the drooping upper lids and puffy lower lids that give someone the appearance of looking older and more tired than they actually are. It is important to note, however, that eyelid surgery will not remove crow's feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. Eyelid surgery can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgical procedures such as a facelift or browlift
The blepharoplasty procedure takes approximately one to two hours depending upon the extent of the surgery. Incisions are made in the creases of the upper lids, and just below the lashes in the lower lids. At times the incisions will extend into the "laugh lines" of a patient's face. The surgeon works through these incisions and separates the skin from the underlying fatty tissue and muscle, removes excess fat, and often trims sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures
After surgery, the upper eyelids will no longer droop and the skin under the eyes will be smooth and firm. Almost immediately you will notice a more alert, young look which will last for several years. For many people, these results are permanent.