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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Your eyes are one of your most expressive features, helping you communicate without words. But if your eyes appear tired, aged, or even angry, they may be giving others the wrong impression. Eyelid Lift surgery (blepharoplasty) helps patients reduce under-eye puffiness, drooping lids, and soften wrinkles in a way that looks natural, not “worked on.” This results in a more attractive appearance that better reflects how you feel – happy, youthful, and confident.

Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift surgery) can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. This procedure revives the eye area by removing sagging skin from the upper eyelids, tightening droopy lower eyelids, and reducing puffy bags from underneath the eyes. Often our eyelid plastic surgery patients choose to combine it with other facial sculpting procedures, such as Endoscopic Brow Lift / Forehead Lift and Face Lift.

Eyelid Surgery FAQ:

What are the types of Eyelid Surgery?

There are two basic types of Eyelid Lift surgery: Upper Eyelid Lift surgery (upper lid blepharoplasty) and lower Eyelid Lift surgery (lower lid blepharoplasty)

What is Upper Eyelid Lift (Upper Lid Blepharoplasty)?

For most patients, the changes on the upper eyelids are due to the appearance of excessive skin and bulging due to fat accumulation behind the eyelid skin and muscle. In the majority of patients, removal of excess skin and some upper eyelid fat is necessary to give the patient a more youthful contour. The upper eyelid contour can actually be sculptured to give youthful appearance. The upper Eyelid Lift surgery involves incisions that are made on the natural skin crease of the upper lid. The incisions on the upper eyelids heal extremely well and after 2 or 3 weeks are barely seen or easily hidden with makeup.

What is Lower Eyelid Lift (Lower Lid Blepharoplasty)?

Lower eyelid puffiness due to bulging fat is the most common problem. Many patients state that they have had some fat pad bulge of their lower lids most of their life, as this condition is often inherited and is pasted from generation to generation.


When the primary problem of the lower lids is budging fat, it can be removed by an small incision that is hidden just below the eyelashes (sub-cilliary incision) or the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival incision). If there is excess skin and or excess muscle on the lower eyelid, a small incision just beneath along the eyelashes is required. The stitches are usually removed 5 days following surgery from the lower eyelid and the scar heals so it is almost imperceptible in most patients. Some patients need a combination of fat removal and fat repositioning on the lower eyelid in order to correct what is known as a tear trough deformity. Visually, this is seen as a grove or depression beneath the bulging fat.


Am I a candidate for Eyelid Lift (blepharoplasty)?


You are a candidate for an eyelid lift plastic surgery if you have:

  • Loose, baggy skin above or below your eyes

  • Impaired vision due to excess skin

  • A puffy, tired look to your eyes

  • Fatty deposits around your eyes


How is an Eyelid Lift performed ?


For the upper eyelid lift Dr. Long makes small incisions, following the natural lines of your eyelids. These incisions may extend slightly into your crow’s feet lines or other creases. Dr. Long conceals the incision within the natural fold of your upper eyelid so that you can show off your beautiful results without being worried about hiding your scar. Through this incision, Dr. Long restores a youthful, vibrant look to your eyes by removing excess skin and fatty tissue.


For the lower eyelid lift, Dr. Long, often conceals an incision below your lower lashes. He then removes any excess skin, muscle, and fat to restore a youthful, vibrant look to your eyes.


When will I see results from an Eyelid Lift (blepharoplasty)?


Within a week, you should see a significant improvement. Once the swelling and bruising are gone, you may have thin pink scars at the level of the upper eyelid crease and/or lower lid lash line that will fade over time. Gradually, your new, younger looking eyelids will emerge a few weeks after surgery. Most of our patients enjoy the benefits of an eyelid lift for many years. Depending on your age, you may have more than one eyelid lift in your lifetime.


Why choose Dr. Long for an Eyelid Lift?


Dr. Long is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, neck, breast and body. His residency and fellowship training followed by teaching at prestigious institutions have given him a unique set of skills to perform cosmetic surgery. Dr. Long helps his customers look their best and achieve their personal, social, and professional goals by providing natural looking results.


Why go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your Eyelid Lift?


Practitioners who are not residency trained and Board Certified to perform Eyelid Lift surgery have been found to have a higher rate of surgical complications. Among the most common patient complaints are minimal to no improvement, asymmetries, wound healing problems or worse. Always look for a surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Look for the ASPS logo, The Symbol of Excellence.

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