Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Surgery

Cosmetic surgery of the eyes, called Blepharoplasty, is designed to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. Blepharoplasty at Sargent Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah, can give your eyes a more rested, youthful appearance. Excess skin is removed, the underlying muscle is tightened in the lower eyelid with repositioning of fat to decrease the appearance of puffiness or bags.

Who Is A Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

Aging affects the appearance of the eyelid in both men and women. If you’re healthy with no serious eye diseases, you could be a candidate if you have:

  • Loose or sagging skin

  • Excess skin in the upper eyelids hanging over lid margin, sometimes obstructing vision

  • Excess fat deposits in your eyelids

  • Bags in lower eyelids

  • Excess skin and wrinkling in the lower eyelid

About The Procedure

Upper eyelid aging can be reversed by making an incision in a natural crease of the upper eyelid removing excess skin, tightening the muscle, and repositioning or removing excess fat deposits. The scar is usually hidden in a crease of the upper eyelid.

For lower eyelids, the incision is usually made just beneath the lashes. The fat is repositioned, the muscles tightened and excess skin removed. All this is designed to improve skin wrinkling, puffiness or bags in the lower eyelids.

All Procedures Shown were done by Dr. Larry A Sargent MD FACS

What To Expect Following This Procedure

Once the procedure is completed you are able to go home, keeping your head elevated, and using cold compresses. Minor discomfort with some bruising and swelling is expected. Eye ointment is recommended to keep your eyes lubricated. You should be able to return to work in 7-10 days with full healing taking several weeks.

Quick Answers

Length Of Surgery

Usually 30-90 minutes

Anesthesia

Usually, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia may be used

Length Of Stay

Outpatient procedure

Recovery

  • Mild discomfort with moderate swelling and bruising

  • Minimal activity for 4-5 days

  • Usually, sutures removed, if not dissolvable, in 4-5 days

  • Back to work in 7-10 days

  • Exercise in 4 weeks

Scars

Concealed in eyelid creases

Risks / Possible Complications

Serious complications are rare, however, potential risks include:

  • Infection

  • Poor or slow wound healing

  • Dry irritated eyes, usually temporary

  •  Laxity of lower eyelids

Related Procedures

  • Facelift

  • Chin Implant

  • Brow Lift

  • Rhinoplasty

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Larry A. Sargent MD FACS, Plastic Surgery Center of Utah, 370 9th Ave, STE 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103  801.355.0731

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