Eyelid surgery (or Blepharoplasty) is the surgical removal of extra skin or fat under or above your eyes. An eyelid surgery procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia and sedation. There are a couple of reasons why patients undergo eyelid surgery. It can be for either cosmetic reasons, or for more practical purposes. For example, in some cases, doctors recommend blepharoplasty for patients when the skin above their eyes interferes with their range of vision.

This procedure can be done to either the top or lower eyelids, or as a combination, depending on your needs. No matter what type of eyelid surgery is performed, one thing is certain – it is one of the best ways to effectively refresh the appearance of not only your eyes, but your overall appearance. If you’re considering eyelid surgery, here are few indications that this procedure be right for you:

You have:

  • Folds or creases in your lower eyelids
  • Puffiness or dark circles underneath the eyes
  • Loose skin that hangs over the upper eyelids
  • Skin that droops in such a way as to impair vision
  • Tired looking eyes
  • Thin, fine wrinkles in the lower or upper eyelids
  • Overall good health
  • A positive outlook and realistic expectations about eye lid surgery

You may not be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you:

  • Experience dry eye symptoms, including red, irritated, tired or painful eyes.
  • Have any eye diseases or eye infections
  • Are looking to repair crow’s feet or eyes that are imbalanced
  • Are a smoker

If you’re thinking about eyelid surgery, talk with your doctor. Your plastic surgeon can evaluate your features and determine which procedure might be best to treat and improve the appearance of your eyelids.

Are You Considering Eyelid Surgery?

If you are interested in learning more about eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in Philadelphia, Scranton or Maryland, please contact John J.W. Lee, MD, FACS, to schedule a consultation with our experienced cosmetic surgeon.