What Is Eyelid Surgery?

The tone and shape of eyelids can loosen and sag with time. Surgical repair through an eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, can correct this. In the procedure, the physician surgically removes excess fat, muscle, and skin from both the upper and lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eye. Blepharoplasty can give the eyes a more youthful look and can also correct droopy eyelids.

  • In the upper eyelids, excess skin can result in a tired appearance or can result in difficulty seeing in the top segment of your visual field. As a result, some forms of blepharoplasty surgery are considered cosmetic eyelid surgery while in some other cases it is medically necessary to allow the patient to see better.
  • Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is almost always a cosmetic procedure to improve the shape, contour and appearance of loose skin, bulging fat, and irregular shape.

Who are candidates for eyelid surgery?

Candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who meet the following criteria:

  • Physically healthy
  • Psychologically stable
  • Realistic in their expectations
  • Age 35 or older

Some medical conditions make eyelid surgery more risky, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Dry eyes
  • Lack of sufficient tears
  • High blood pressure
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Detached retina
  • Glaucoma