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Posted on February 9th, 2010 by The LookinGood Team

Blepharoplasty (eye lift): A primarily cosmetic surgical procedure that reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and raises drooping upper eyelids. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, muscle and underlying fatty tissue.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center reported a couple years ago that when judging the age and vitality of a person, we look at their eyes.  Drooping eyelids, puffiness and circles, tell our audience that we’ve either had a rough night out, or we’re simply getting old.  Some ethnic minorities have eyelid surgery to make their eyes larger, and it is also done when people experience such extreme ptosis (drooping eyelid), that the condition impairs their vision.  So it stands to reason that blepharoplasty is the No. 3 surgical procedure for women and men.

For a trained professional, this is a pretty simple procedure, and is sometimes done in an outpatient setting.  Don’t be surprised, however, if your physician recommends anesthesia and an overnight stay in the hospital or clinic.  To repair sagging eyelids, the doctor makes an incision along the crease of your eyelid, cuts away the excess skin and fat tissue and sews the lid back together along the natural crease again, which results in an almost invisible scar.  Treatment for underneath the eye is done the same way, with the incision line hidden under the lower eyelashes.

To have both uppers and lowers done runs about $6,000 – half that for one or the other – and does not require a total facial rejuvenation. When choosing a doctor, make sure it’s someone who listens to what you want, and doesn’t try to sell you a whole new face just because you want to look less tired.  Down time will vary by how prone you are to bruising and how quickly your body heals, but most people are up and around the next day, heading to the store in sunglasses two days later.  Stitches are removed in 3-5 days, but bruising may be apparent a week or more. In some cases, it can be several weeks before puffiness is completely gone, but only the eagle-eye in your family will notice.


  • The majority of the videos on YouTube are posted by plastic surgeons. The surgeon in this video – Dr. Payman Simoni of Beverly Hills – explains an eye lift in understandable terms while he talks with his patient DURING the actual surgery.
  • Satisfaction rates after this surgery are higher than after many other cosmetic procedures – on, it’s at 80 percent. Read comments and see pricing here.
  • Got eyelids? Dr. Frank Meronk has a comprehensive resource guide on his website, including an owner’s manual. He also details the differences in eyelid surgery for men.

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