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Cosmetic eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both, and give a rejuvinated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.  Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision.
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored portion of the eye)
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Is it right for me?

Eyelid surgery is usually performed on adult man and women who have healthy facial tissues and muscles and have  realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding areas.  Good candidates are:

  • healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for blepharoplasty
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions

Preparing for surgery

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get EKG or blood tests
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

Procedural Steps:
What happens during eyelid surgery?

Step 1- Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. We can perform this procedure here at the Palm Harbor Plastic Surgery Centre.

Step 2- The incision

The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed for scars to be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region.

Droopy conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allowing reposing of fat pockets, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess skin.

Procedural Steps:
What happens during eyelid surgery?

Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed.

A transconjunctival incision, one hidden inside the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat.

Step 3- Closing the incisions
Eyelid incisions are typically closed with:

  1. Removable or absorbable sutures
  2. Skin Adhesives
  3. Surgical tape

Step 4- See the results

The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvinated appearance.