What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty reconstructive surgery, often referred to as eyelid surgery or just blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure carried out to correct defects and deformities in and around the eye region. The surgery is primarily carried out around the periorbital area to remove excess fat or to reposition eye tissue for functional or cosmetic reasons.

Though blepharoplasty is often referred to as “eyelid lift” surgery; however, a misconception has occurred somewhere along the line as the eyelid is not lifted during surgery.

How is the surgery done?

The surgery is usually done after a complete medical history and physical evaluation is complete. Most people return to work in about two weeks but the final effects of the surgery are not visible after two months.

Blepharoplasty reconstructive surgery itself generally takes 1 to 3 hours to complete with post-operative with swelling and bruising taking an average of a week to 10-days to subside.

Upper blepharoplasty surgery places incisions in the skin to allow for removal of skin and fat. A thin stitch brings the skin back together allowing for the creation of an eyelid crease.

Lower eyelid surgery involves incisions placed in the skin directly below the eyelash line or on the inside of the eyelid.

During the recovery period, the patient may have to cover the incision with ointment and ice pads to reduce swelling and to accelerate healing. Eye drops may also be provided to prevent infections.

Complications are not common but any medical concerns or possible side-effects are discussed with the surgeon prior to surgery.

Why is blepharoplasty popular?

The procedure is very popular with people whose eyelid droops down naturally covering the eyeball.

However, the surgery is also carried out as a voluntary procedure to improve physical appearance and to improve cosmetic features.

Blepharoplasty has a very dramatic effect on appearance and that significantly contributes to its popularity.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Blepharoplasty

Eyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty reconstructive surgery, should be done by a trained reconstructive surgeon to ensure the best results.

Dr. Brad Patt is a highly respected, board certified, premiere reconstructive surgeon whose specialties include blepharoplasty reconstructive surgery in Houston, Texas.