eyelid surgery

eyelid tuck

Who considers blepharoplasty?

Men and women who see their eyes as tired, angry, sad, or appearing older than they feel often consider eyelid surgery. Others see drooping bags under the eyes, sagging lower eyelids, or significant skin of the upper eyelids which can be so severe that it affects vision.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid tuck, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin of the upper or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery provides a more youthful, rested appearance.  Eyelid surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures to obtain the natural results you desire.




How is the procedure performed?

  • An incision in the upper eyelid crease or just under the lower eyelashes allows excess fat (puffiness) to be carefully removed.
  • Skin is carefully re-draped and trimmed.
  • Key sutures are placed to enhance a more youthful appearance around the eyes.
  • Surgery is performed using local numbing medicine or general anesthesia and is most often performed in the office OR suite.
  • The surgery takes 1 to 2 hours and patients return home the same day.
  • Forehead lift, face-lift, laser resurfacing, BOTOX® or injectables can be performed at the same time as eyelid surgery and may enhance results.

What is normal recovery?

Patients use ice packs and maintain head elevation during the early post-operative period. Any minor discomfort is controlled with prescription medications. Sutures are removed in less than a week and most patients are back to work in 7 to 10 days. More vigorous activity is resumed in 3 to 4 weeks.

What are the expected results?

A more natural, rested, alert, and youthful contour to the eyes is the usual result. An improvement in vision can also be seen in certain circumstances.

Are there potential complications?

Every surgical procedure has potential risks. Many of the risks can be reduced with compliance with post operative instructions.  At your consultation, Dr. Kennedy will discuss these risks and preventative measures.  


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