Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can reduce dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes.  One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes.  During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance.  The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).

Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:

  • Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
  • Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
  • A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.

General Procedure for Eyelid Surgery

The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made,with the laser, in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring.  The El Paso plastic surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin.  Lower eyelids are completed next using the laser with the incision made transconjunctivally, or on the inside of the lower eyelid, to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles.  In some instances, laser resurfacing may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas.  Newer techniques in El Paso may include Botox injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.

The surgery generally takes about one to two hours and is performed as outpatient surgery.  If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.

Recovery Process for Eyelid Surgery

Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time.  Patients sometimes report discomfort with eyelid surgery which can be treated with oral medication which we will prescribe.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the eyelid surgery.  The healing process for this procedure is slightly less than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting.  Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.