What Is Eyelid Surgery? - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

What Is Eyelid Surgery?


Eyelid surgery, also known as “blepharoplasty,” can drastically change the way you look – it can make you look and feel younger. But there are also medical reasons that blepharoplasty may be performed – read on for some blepharoplasty basics.  

What happens during blepharoplasty?

This kind of surgery can be done on the lower eyelids, the upper eyelids, or both. It targets many of the issues that can make you look older than you are. It can remove excess skin and wrinkles, loose or sagging skin, and fat that can make the eyelids look puffy and can make it look like you have “bags” under the eyes. Some patients may have eyelid surgery done along with a brow lift or another procedure.


While blepharoplasty is a great way to make dramatic cosmetic changes, it can also be done for an important medical purpose – some people with excess skin around the eyes may find it difficult to see properly. This can be annoying and dangerous, and eventually it can cause functional problems with the eyelids. 

The procedure typically takes less than 2 hours, and can be done on an outpatient basis. Medication to numb the eyelid area will be injected and an incision made so that the doctor can tighten muscles and remove excess skin and fat. Fine sutures will be used to close the incision. 

What to expect after blepharoplasty

You may have some swelling, bruising, and pain, but ice packs and over-the-counter medication can help. You should avoid strenuous activity, smoking, and rubbing your eyes for at least a week after the procedure. You should not wear contact lenses for about 2 weeks, and you should make sure to wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from both wind and sun. You will be able to return to work within a few days. 

Your eyes say a lot about you – eyelid surgery can help to make sure they are saying what you want them to. Whether you want blepharoplasty for cosmetic or medical reasons, the staff at Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center in Chester, New Jersey, can help. Call (908) 879-2222 for an appointment today!

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