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An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. It addresses drooping upper eyelids, puffy bags under the eyes, and excess skin that can obstruct vision or create a tired appearance.

Who Can Benefit

  • Individuals with drooping upper eyelids that interfere with vision (functional blepharoplasty)
  • People bothered by excess skin or puffiness in the upper and/or lower eyelids for cosmetic reasons
  • Those seeking a more youthful and refreshed look around the eyes

Types of Eyelid Lift

  • Upper Eyelid Lift: Targets sagging skin and excess fat in the upper eyelids, potentially improving vision and creating a more alert look.
  • Lower Eyelid Lift: Addresses puffiness or bags under the eyes by removing excess fat or repositioning tissues. May also involve removing some skin.
  • Combined Eyelid Lift: Addresses concerns in both upper and lower eyelids for a more comprehensive rejuvenation.


The specific technique depends on the type of lift and your surgeon’s approach. Generally:

  • Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia: Depending on the extent of the surgery and your comfort level.
  • Incisions: Carefully placed incisions are made within the natural creases of the eyelids or along the lash line (lower lid). This helps minimize scarring.
  • Excess removal: The surgeon removes excess skin, muscle, or fat tissue according to the treatment plan.
  • Tissue Repositioning: In some cases, underlying tissues or fat pads may be repositioned for a smoother appearance.
  • Closure: Stitches are used to close the incisions meticulously.


  • Improves vision by removing obstructing upper eyelid skin
  • Reduces puffiness and bags under the eyes for a more youthful look
  • Creates a brighter and more alert appearance
  • Can boost self-confidence


  • Surgical procedure with potential risks like infection, bleeding, and scarring.
  • Requires recovery time with limitations on activity.
  • Temporary bruising, swelling, and discomfort are common.
  • Dry eyes or temporary difficulty closing eyelids may occur.


  • Botox injections: Can temporarily lift brows and smooth wrinkles around the eyes, but don’t address excess skin or puffiness.
  • Dermal fillers: Injected substances like hyaluronic acid can plump wrinkles for a smoother appearance, but don’t address sagging or drooping.
  • Non-surgical skin tightening procedures: Treatments like laser therapy may offer some tightening effects, but results are usually subtle and don’t address excess skin.

Recovery Time

  • Typically 1-2 weeks for initial healing, with limitations on activity and avoiding strenuous exercise.
  • Avoid straining your eyes or wearing contact lenses for a recommended period.
  • Bruising and swelling may take several weeks to subside completely.
  • Full recovery with unrestricted movement can take up to 4-6 weeks.


This information is intended for general knowledge only and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. Consulting a board-certified ophthalmic plastic surgeon or oculoplastic surgeon is essential to discuss the risks, benefits, candidacy, and specific details of an eyelid lift. It’s important to choose a qualified surgeon with experience in eyelid surgery to minimize risks and achieve optimal results.

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