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Aging changes that occur around the eyes are quite noticeable because the eyes are one of the first facial features people notice. People pass judgement on others based on the appearance of their eyes. Your boss or coworkers may think you look tired or overworked when in reality you may feel just fine! Eyelid tissues are delicate and thin, so the eyes begin to show signs of aging sooner than other parts of the body. Sometimes, sagging upper eyelids obstruct the field of vision, which can lead to stressed facial muscles and headaches. If drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes are causing you to look older and more fatigued than you truly are, then you may want to consider blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty is designed to remove excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids for a revitalized look. Blepharoplasty renews the eyes for a more attractive, youthful, and functional gaze.

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Achieved With Blepharoplasty

Youthful Eyes

Puffiness under the eyes and hooded upper eyelids can make you appear tired and aged. Blepharoplasty eliminates these aesthetic imperfections, resulting in youthful, vivacious eyes. Once the matured and weary appearance of the eyes is corrected, the entire face will seem brighter and more alert. Dr. Taylor will evaluate the condition of your eyes and establish a customized treatment plan based on your goals during your personal consultation.

Improved Field of Vision

When the upper eyelid droops significantly, it can interfere with your eyesight in addition to disrupting the natural contours of your eyelids. This type of eyelid sagging is called ptosis. Some patients who suffer from severe eyelid ptosis must tilt their head back or raise their eyebrows constantly to widen their field of vision. Straining the face and body in an attempt to keep obstructive eyelids out of the way can cause discomfort. During your personal consultation, Dr. Taylor can assess the severity of your eyelid ptosis and discuss your blepharoplasty options.

Restored Confidence

Aging is a natural part of human life, and the eyes often develop signs of aging fairly early. Those who are plagued by aged, tired-looking eyes may feel self-conscious about their appearance. Blepharoplasty revitalizes the eyes, and many patients who have undergone the procedure have discovered a newfound confidence after surgery. When you look good, you feel good.

What Does Blepharoplasty Entail?


Dr. Taylor typically begins upper eyelid blepharoplasty with an incision that starts along the natural upper lid crease. A second incision is made that incorporates the excess skin between the crease and the brow. The final scar blends beautifully and invisibly into the natural crease. With lower eyelid blepharoplasty, an incision is made along the lash line. Through this incision, excess puffy fat can be removed or repositioned, and the excess skin is removed, giving a flatter and tighter look to the lower eyelids. This scar also heals beautifully. Depending on the extent of correction required, the entire blepharoplasty procedure can take between one and two hours.


After blepharoplasty, Dr. Taylor may instruct you to apply ointment to your incisions to keep them lubricated and to use cold compresses to control swelling and eliminate pain. Patients can expect their recovery to last about one to two weeks, but recovery time varies from patient to patient. Prescribed medication will help alleviate any discomfort, aid in healing, and help prevent infection.


Dr. Taylor is careful to place blepharoplasty incisions in strategic areas of the eyelids, such as the crease and lash line, which makes them nearly undetectable. Scarring is minimal and, depending on the patient and how they heal, will fade over time.


The cost of blepharoplasty varies depending on the technique, surgeon’s experience, and location of surgery. Additional cost factors include anesthesia, facility fees, and the cost for pre- and post-operative appointments. Dr. Taylor is an experienced plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures over the past 20 years. His skill, passion, and attention to detail can assure patients that they are receiving the best care possible when choosing him for their blepharoplasty.


With the latest advancements in plastic surgery, blepharoplasty involves minimal to no pain. During the procedure, patients will receive local anesthetic to numb the tissues and mild to moderate sedation anesthesia to make them comfortable so they will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Most patients have a positive surgical experience and only feel temporary discomfort from the swelling and bruising, which is easily controlled with ice and oral medication.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty

  • Am I the right candidate for blepharoplasty?

    You may be the right candidate for blepharoplasty if you have:

    • Loose, sagging skin that creates folds around the eyes
    • Bags under the eyes
    • Fine lines and wrinkles beneath the lower eyelid
    • Fatty deposits beneath the lower eyelid
    • Drooping upper eyelids that impair vision
  • When will I see the final results of my blepharoplasty?

    You should be able to notice a visible difference in how your eyelids look once the swelling has subsided. It may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for the swelling to go down and for the results to become noticeable.

  • What are the risks of complications associated with blepharoplasty?

    Although rare or temporary, some complications associated with blepharoplasty include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Poor scarring of skin
    • Blurred vision
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Asymmetry
  • Are eyelid surgery results permanent?

    Typically, patients enjoy their results from blepharoplasty for many years; however, blepharoplasty does not halt the effects of aging after surgery.
    It is important to engage in healthy anti-aging habits that will help maintain your blepharoplasty results as long as possible, such as wearing sunscreen to protect the eyelids from sun damage.

  • How long do your eyes stay swollen after eyelid surgery?

    Your eyelids may be swollen and bruised for one to three weeks after surgery. It is important to keep your eyelid clean and avoid rubbing it, which can slow down the healing process.

  • Is eyelid surgery painful?

    No, eyelid surgery will not cause a significant amount of pain. You may experience blurred vision and watery, itchy, or dry eyes during the recovery period. Dr. Taylor will prescribe pain medication if the discomfort persists.

  • Can blepharoplasty be combined with other plastic surgery procedures?

    Many patients seeking to tighten excess eyelid skin are surprised to learn that they would benefit most from blepharoplasty alone; however, there are cases where patients achieve the most youthful results with a combination of techniques that address other facial imperfections.
    Blepharoplasty may be combined with several other procedures, including:

    Dr. Taylor can inform you about any other options you may want to consider to complete your facial rejuvenation journey.

Thomas S. Taylor, MD, FACS

The Aesthetic Society American Society of Plastic Surgery Fellow American College of Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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