Doctors of USF Health

Plastic Surgery

Blepharoplasty

What is an Eyelid Lift (blepharoplasty)?

An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is where excess skin, fat, and sometimes muscle are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids. This may reduce puffiness around the eyes and drooping of the eyelids.

Who is a good candidate for an Eyelid Lift?

It is important for candidates to be in overall good health. Most candidates are 30 years of age or more, but it is not restricted to only people within this age group. In particular those candidates with puffy or sagging eyelids may benefit from this procedure. In some cases vision may be improved where excess eyelid tissue is actually causing visual obstruction. Although a more rested, youthful appearance is a common result, a candidate for this procedure must have realistic expectations as well.

How is the procedure performed?

For the upper eyelid, an incision is made in the eyelid crease, and for the lower eyelid, an incision is may made along the eyelash line or inside the eyelid. Excess fat, skin, and muscle are removed. The incision is closed with small sutures, which may or may not be dissolvable. If the sutures are not dissolvable, they will be removed one week after the procedure at your follow up clinic appointment.

Options to enhance the procedure

Blepharoplasty may be done in combination with other procedures, such as face lifts and forehead lifts, depending on your facial characteristics and goals. Other non-surgical options for enhancement include chemical peels, laser resurfacing, collagen injections, or Botox® injections.