Eyelid Surgery – FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery removes the excess fat and wrinkled, drooping skin of the upper eyelids which can make you look constantly tired or sad.  It also eliminates bags under your eyes and tightens your lower eyelid skin.  The result is a more alert and rested appearance.  Eyelid surgery is often performed along with a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures.  Some people have genetic traits that may require them to need eyelid surgery as early as in their 20s or 30s.

How is Eyelid Surgery Done?


before an after (photo credit realself.com)

Fat and loose skin is removed from your upper eyelid area through an incision that is hidden within the natural eyelid fold.  The incision extends slightly beyond the outside corner of your eye where it easily blends into existing laugh lines or other creases.  Treatment of the lower eyelids often requires an incision that is hidden just below your lower lashes.  Through this incision excess skin, muscle and fat are removed or adjusted.  Sometimes fat may be repositioned to eliminate puffiness or bulges.  If your lower eyelid skin is not excessive, Dr. Flynn may decide to use a different technique that removes fat through an incision placed inside the lid.  If necessary, a laser is sometimes used to resurface the lower eyelid skin to achieve a small degree of skin tightening.

After surgery, some swelling may persist for a week or more. Your vision may be somewhat blurry for a few days, and you should wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from wind and sun. Within a week, you can wear makeup to conceal any remaining discoloration. You should be back to work within ten days.

Dr. Flynn is very excited about the upper eyelid lift due to the ease and convenience for the patient.  In most cases, an upper eyelid lift can be done under local anesthesia in his office.  The advantage of local anesthesia is that you go home feeling awake and alert.  The cost can be reduced as well since the cost of anesthesia is minimized.  The upper eyelid lift is often times one of the first surgeries a patient will undergo.  It is common for an individual to have a tired look because of excess skin in the upper lids.  This can affects the appearance of the entire face.  By removing this extra skin under local anesthesia the patient’s look is rejuvenated and refreshed with a minimal procedure.

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