During the Surgery
In upper eyelid surgery, your surgeon will mark the lines and creases of the eyelids to prevent scarring. The surgeon will make an incision along the natural fold of the upper eyelid and then will remove excess skin, some muscles and fat beneath the skin. The incision is closed with tiny stitches that will leave a fairly invisible scar.
In lower eyelid surgery, your surgeon will make an incision along the lower lash line and smile creases of the lower eyelid to reduce scarring. Skin, fat and muscle are trimmed away and the incision is closed with sutures.
Blepheroplasty lasts anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. After the procedure, you will be monitored in a recovery room for a short time before being released. Your surgeon may apply small, sterile bandages. It is not necessary to keep your eye or eyes covered, but you may use an ice pack to prevent swelling and promote comfort. It is normal to have some swelling and bruising, but this should go away after a few days. You may also receive an ointment to prevent dry eye.