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Finding the Right Doctor for Eyelid Surgery

If you're thinking of having eyelid surgery, follow these 5 essential steps to find a surgeon who's a good fit for you.

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also called eyelift, eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is the surgical removal of excess skin, muscle and fat in the upper or lower eyelids. Many people seek eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons. It can reduce sagging and puffiness in the eyelids and create a more rested and rejuvenated appearance. Sometimes, doctors recommend eyelid surgery for medical reasons to improve vision.

Eyelid surgery is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your cosmetic or treatment choices before having eyelid surgery. 

Other procedures that may be performed

Your doctor may recommend other procedures in addition to eyelid surgery to enhance your appearance. These include:

  • Brow lift, also called a forehead lift, to tighten sagging skin in the forehead area

  • Facelift (rhytidectomy) to reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck

  • Resurfacing to improve the texture and tone of your skin

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Jul 12, 2013

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