Blepharoplasty at a Glance
During your free, one-on-one consultation you’ll speak with a doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty. There can be other causes for drooping eyelids — like ptosis, a condition in which a stretched upper eyelid muscle causes the lid to droop, requiring a different surgery. You can trust your doctor to recommend the right treatment.
Blepharoplasty is usually done as an outpatient procedure under IV sedation. In lower lid blepharoplasty, tightening of the eyelid skin is done to eliminate extra tissue or wrinkles. As with any eye-related surgery, you’ll want to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery.
Length of surgery: 1-3 hours
Length of recovery: 1 to 2 weeks, though it may take several months for the final results to fully manifest
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Do I Need Blepharoplasty?
“Dr. Wudel and his wonderful staff: I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the care and thoughtfulness given to me during and after my lower eye procedure. Having a stranger cut into your face is nerve-wracking but I felt completely safe in Dr. Wudel’s hands. The aftercare from both he and his staff was amazing as well. I could call anytime with questions and get a response right away. This is a minor procedure but it has changed my self esteem in the biggest way. I still get compliments and it’s been since April! I will (and have) recommend you all!”
Frequently Asked Questions
People consider blepharoplasty to address concerns such as drooping or sagging eyelids, puffiness or bags under the eyes, excess skin that impairs vision or a tired and aged appearance. It can help anyone’s eyes look and feel more youthful and refreshed.
Because anesthesia is administered for this procedure, patients do not feel immediate pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used for any discomfort, swelling or bruising that occurs after the procedure.
The incisions for blepharoplasty are placed in inconspicuous locations like the natural creases of the eyelids to minimize visible scarring.
In some cases, excessive skin on the upper eyelids can obstruct vision. Blepharoplasty removes this excess skin, improving both the aesthetic appearance of the eyelids and the patient’s ability to see.