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Posted February 01, 2019 in Eyelid Lift

The eyes are not only the first thing most people notice about a person, but they are also typically the first feature to show signs of aging. While some patients may have successfully fought back against the natural aging process using home treatments, others who struggle with severe sagging and puffiness may require plastic surgery. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, is a procedure that can address the upper and lower eyelids to rejuvenate the face and make patients look younger.

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What Is Blepharoplasty?

Over time, the skin around the eyes can lose elasticity and cause sagging beneath the brows or bags under the eyes. This can make you appear tired, upset, or old, even when you are not. Blepharoplasty can address these issues and more in both the upper and lower eyelids.

Fat deposits beneath the skin will be removed or repositioned to improve the contour of the eyelids. The muscles around the eyes will also be tightened if necessary, and any excess skin will be removed. By correcting these concerns and repositioning the eyelids, blepharoplasty will provide you with a subtle lift to the face, making you look significantly younger, well-rested, and consequently, more beautiful.

Is an Eyelid Lift Right for Me?

Both men and women can benefit from an eyelid lift to give them that rested and youthful appearance. Ideal candidates for this procedure must have healthy facial tissue and muscles and realistic expectations regarding their results. An eyelid lift can rejuvenate the eyelids and correct the following concerns:


  • Droopiness
  • Puffiness
  • Dark circles
  • Under-eye bags
  • Hooding that impairs the vision
  • Grooves
  • Sagging
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

What Happens During Surgery?

Your procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Depending on the area that needs to be treated and the level of correction required, your procedure can take at least two hours to perform. You will have the option of undergoing one or both of the following blepharoplasty procedures:

  • Upper eyelid lift: Removes fatty deposits that cause the upper eyelids to appear puffy and droopy. This technique can also improve loose skin beneath the brow that impedes vision or disturbs the natural contour of the eyelid. Incisions will be concealed within the natural folds of the upper eyelid.
  • Lower eyelid lift: This technique can address excess skin, fine lines, and wrinkles on the lower eyelid. It can also treat sagging skin and bags under the eyes. The incision will be located just below the lower lash line. The transconjunctival approach is an alternative technique that involves an incision inside the lower eyelid.

Recovery and Results

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Following your eyelid lift surgery, swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve after a few days. Scarring should not be a major concern, as any resulting scars will be extremely fine and hidden within the creases of the eyelids. Your final results should become apparent several weeks after your surgery. While blepharoplasty can correct certain conditions permanently, it will not stop the aging process. Consistent sunscreen use will help maintain your results.

To learn more about blepharoplasty, please contact Dr. Hand by calling our office at (415) 461-6742 or schedule a consultation with us online today!