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West Coast Eye Institute


Blepharoplasty/Ptosis Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Congratulation, your eyelids are likely a product of the genetic lottery and they are your gift from either mom or dad. Facial contour and eyelid surgery is often as trait that is pass down and despite the bothersome appearance they are not just cosmetic. Bulky upper lids can often have a functional component that will negatively impact your day. Our comprehensive eye surgeons are training in addressed this issues. Our team is will assess the functional and comestic component in order to help reform the eyelid structure you once had.  

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FACTS about eyelid surgery

  1. If the first thing you notice in a mirror is your eyelids, it time for to make a consultation and hear if you are a good candidate for an blepharoplasty.
  2. Not all droopy lids are the same.
  3. Goal is restructure your natural eyelid, not to change your look.
  4. The surgery is roughly 45-minutes and we often do both at the same time.
  5. You can also address the lower lid puffiness at the same time.
  6. Expect 1-2 weeks are "down" time.

General Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is like many other surgeries in that your surgical experience is better if you know what to expect. With a blepharoplasty/ptosis surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision along the upper eyelid. Your surgeon artifully hides the incision in the natural skin folds of the upper lid. For a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision is made along the inner tissue of the eyelid to ensure there is not scar.

After the initial incision, your surgeon then skillfully removes the excess tissue and fat pads with careful attention to avoid a "hollowed" out look. The incision is closed with sutures that will typically be removed in 1-2 weeks after surgery.

For most people, there is minor bruising and swelling along the surgical site. Since gravity pulls things down, the bruising will often collect along your cheek bone.  

It is strongly recommended that your AVOID rubbing and allow time for the eyelid to heal.