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What is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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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Medical References

Eyelid Surgery. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Cosmetic-Procedures/Eyelid-Surgery.html. Accessed May 4, 2013.
Blepharoplasty. American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. http://www.asoprs.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3646. Accessed May 4, 2013.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty).The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/head/eyelid-surgery. Accessed May 4, 2013.
Surgery of the Eyelids. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. http://www.aafprs.org/patient/procedures/blepharoplasty.html. Accessed May 4, 2013.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty. Elsevier. http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/media/us/samplechapters/9781416032861/Chapter%2005.pdf. Accessed May 4, 2013.

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