As we age, our skin loses its youthful elasticity and begins to succumb to gravity’s pull. This can lead to excessive skin both above and below the eye. An extra fold on the upper eyelid can push down over the eyelashes and obstruct vision. On the lower eyelid, extra skin creates bulge and wrinkles. 

Read on to find out how blepharoplasty solves this, what it involves, and if it can improve your quality of life. 

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift, is a two-hour surgical procedure that removes extra skin from the upper eyelid and corrects bagginess on the lower eyelid.

For the upper eyelids, the doctor cuts along the lines of the lid, separates the skin from the underlying tissue and takes out the extra fat and skin. Then, he stitches up the cuts. On the lower eyelid, small cuts can be made inside the lid or along the lash line to remove unwanted tissue.

Why Get Blepharoplasty?

Although most people get blepharoplasty done for cosmetic reasons, some older people can benefit from it if their sagging eyelids are hindering their vision.

What Is The Recovery Time?

Immediately after your surgery, you can have blurred vision and sensitivity to light. The stitches usually stay in for about a week. Swelling and some bruising is common, but your eyelids should recover in around two weeks.

How Long Does A Blepharoplasty Last?

Work done on the upper eyelids usually lasts for five to seven years, but the lower eyelid lift lasts much longer and rarely needs to be done again.

How Much Does It Cost?

An eye lift may seem small, but it’s a surgery that can cost thousands of dollars. Because it’s considered a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance companies won’t cover it. However, if you have a verified medical reason for it, they may help pay for it.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?

Most people considering blepharoplasty are over thirty-five years old and in good health. You will be most successful by having a realistic perspective and an honest discussion with your doctor. An eye lift may not give you the perfect face you want, but it can improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence.


If aging brings droopy eyelids, blepharoplasty can correct this with the removal of unwanted skin through small incisions. It’s a quick procedure with two to three weeks of recovery time. However, many health insurance companies won’t cover unless it’s a proven medical need. But the surgery can improve your appearance and your self-confidence for years to come.

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