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Blepharoplasty (Eyelift)

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An eyelift improves the appearance of the upper eyelids. Eyelift surgery can correct drooping eyelids by removing excess skin.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can restore a more youthful appearance to the eye area. The upper eyelids are lifted, and loose or excess skin removed from the eye area. The procedure is limited to the eyelids and may be combined with other methods to improve different areas of the face. Brow lifts, which raise the eyebrows or keep them from sagging over the eyes, may be recommended to help improve the upper third of the face.

How is blepharoplasty performed?

There are several approaches to blepharoplasty. One method removes excess skin from the upper lid. The surgeon makes an incision along the crease in the eyelid, loose skin is removed from the exterior and the incision is sutured. The procedure takes about one hour and can be performed with local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.