Eyelid Lift

Blepharoplasty or “eyelid lift” is a type of surgery that repairs sagging upper and lower lids as well as addresses puffy lower lids. The surgery can be done in the office or under anesthesia. Typically, it will involve removing excess skin, muscle and fat. If your upper lid edge lies over the colored part of your eye too much, your surgeon may also recommend a procedure called “ptosis repair” that provides additional elevation and support to the eyelid edge.

In some instances, you may be eligible for insurance coverage of this procedure as it may improve your peripheral vision to remove the excess skin.

Reducing lower eyelid puffiness is almost always done for improvement in appearance. If you have surgery to improve your appearance, the cost of the surgery will be your responsibility. However, the lower lid may require tightening as well if you suffer from certain conditions.


  • Bruising, swelling lasting 7-10 days
  • Temporary or permanent difficulty closing the eyelids
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Noticeable scarring
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Temporarily blurred vision or, rarely, loss of eyesight

What to Expect

Before the procedure

You will need to have an eye examination and a test of your vision, including your peripheral vision. This is called a Visual Field Test. This is needed to support an insurance claim. At your appointment, your eyes will also be photographed. These photos help with insurance claims, planning the surgery, and assessing its immediate and long-term outcomes.

After the procedure

You will have an ice pack to use on your eyelids and ointment to apply. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions. The pain is mild and is typically controlled with over the counter medication.


The goal of surgery is to significantly improve the eyelid skin appearance while still making you appear natural. Keep in mind that facial rejuvenation results do not last forever. As you continue to age, your facial skin will continue to age as well.

Ask your Facial Plastic Surgeon on steps you can take to minimize the signs of aging.