Eyelid lift surgery is done to repair sagging or drooping upper eyelids (ptosis) and remove excess skin from the eyelids. The surgery is called blepharoplasty.
Sagging or drooping eyelids occur with increasing age. Some people are born with droopy eyelids or develop a disease that causes eyelid drooping.
Eyelid surgery is done in a surgeon’s office. Or, it is done as outpatient surgery in a medical center.
The procedure is done as follows:
• You are given medicine to help you relax.
• The surgeon injects numbing medicine (anesthesia) around the eye so you do not feel pain during the surgery. You will be awake while the surgery is done.
• The surgeon makes tiny cuts (incisions) into the natural creases or folds of the eyelids.
• Loose skin and extra fat tissue are removed. The eyelid muscles are then tightened.
• At the end of surgery, the incisions are closed with stitches.
An eyelid lift is needed when eyelid drooping reduces your vision. You may be asked to have your eye doctor test your vision before you have the surgery.
Some people have an eyelid lift to improve their appearance. This is cosmetic surgery. The eyelid lift may be done alone or with other surgery such as a browlift or facelift.
Eyelid surgery will not remove wrinkles around the eyes, lift sagging eyebrows, or get rid of dark circles under the eyes.