What exactly is blepharoplasty and how does it work?

Tags:woman age 45-54 upper eyelids droopy eyelids

I've been doing some research as I'm keen to finally have something done about my fleshy upper eyelids and I keep coming across this term (blepharoplasty) but I'm not confident I understand what exactly it is and what it entails. I'm pretty sure it is some kind of eye surgery and I think it could be exactly what I want. Before I get too excited though, I'd really appreciate an explanation from a professional but, please, if it's possible, in layman's terms. Thank you so much!


F, 55, New Jersey

I would not anticipate getting the surgery covered by insurance.  

It is surgery on the eyelids to remove extra skin from the top, and to remove "bagginess" or fatty pockets from the bottom.  It is popular with men and women.  You may only need upper lids done or lower lids or both.  It is about a 2 hour surgery and you need about a week to take it easy.  It is a very natural looking procedure and very little pain involved.  I recommend patients have an eye exam prior to the surgery.  If your eyes look or feel tired (even when you're not) or if people often tell you "you look tired" when you are not, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty (repair of eyelids).   I recommend consulting with a board certified Plastic Surgeon or Oculoplastic surgeon for this procedure.

Upper blepharoplasty is an eyelid procedure which removes skin and fat. It's best to have a formal evaluation to make sure that you don't also need a broelift

 Hi, I have performed many Blepharoplasty Surgery (eyelid surgery) over the past 30 years.  Upper Blepharoplasty is designed to reduce the upper eyelid fullness by removing excess skin or fat.  Lower Blepharoplasty will reduce lower eyelid fat bags.  Blepharoplasty can be performed in about 1 hour, upper alone in about 30 minutes.  Women should have their eyebrow position evaluated as well when considering an upper Blepharoplasty as low eyebrows can also increase upper eyelid fullness.

Hope this helps.