Eyelid Surgery

How Does Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Work?

August 10, 2023

Eyelid Surgery

Do eye bags or drooping eyelids give you a tired appearance? You might be a good candidate for eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. This procedure is performed on the upper or lower eyelids to address signs of aging and refresh your eyes. Dr. Coville has over 25 years of experience performing eyelid surgeries. 

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a type of plastic surgery also known as blepharoplasty. It addresses the effects of aging, such as sagging, wrinkles, and loose skin around the eyes. After eyelid surgery, people find that they look more alert, energized, and happy. You can have blepharoplasty on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with other procedures. 

How Does Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Work?

Dr. Coville usually performs eyelid surgery with general anesthesia. He uses small incisions to remove excess skin and fat, tightening and smoothing the eyelids. Hidden in the creases of the eyelids, the scars from these incisions become nearly invisible. The size of your incisions depends on how much loose skin Dr. Coville needs to remove and how he can best access the underlying tissues. 

What Can Eyelid Surgery Treat?

Blepharoplasty treats a wide range of eyelid concerns, including:

  • Eye bags
  • Sagging upper eyelids
  • Eyelid wrinkles
  • Drooping under the eyes
  • Crepey upper eyelid skin

Eyelid surgery specifically addresses the eyelids, so it does not treat issues with the texture or tone of the skin under the eyes. It also does not address wrinkles around the eyes, such as crow’s feet. If you have these concerns, Dr. Coville may recommend treatments such as Botox®. 

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Do I Need Eyelid Surgery or a Brow Lift?

If you have skin that droops over your eyes, giving them a hooded appearance, the problem could be your eyelids, brows, or both. Eyelid surgery corrects drooping eyelids, while a brow lift raises sagging brows. Other signs that you might need a brow lift include the loss of a defined brow arch and the development of forehead wrinkles. 

Eyelid surgery is often performed with a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures to ensure the eye area looks as youthful as the rest of the face. 

What is Recovery Like After Eyelid Surgery?

You may experience swelling, bruising, and sensitivity around the eye area, especially during the first few days. You may benefit from having someone to help you with daily tasks for the first day. Most people can return to work after one week. Dr. Coville will provide instructions explaining when you can resume other activities and how to care for your incisions as they heal.


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