Eyelid Surgery (Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty)


Blepharoplasty, also known as the eyelid lift or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids. This procedure can either be done for cosmetic or functional reasons. At Orange County Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeon Dr. Juris Bunkis uses the latest and most advanced methods to produce the best results possible. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids or all four at one time. When performed on the upper eyelids, loose or sagging skin that create unsightly folds to the upper eyelid are eliminated. This not only improves the aesthetic appearance but improves vision as well. When performed on the lower eyelids, bags and puffiness are reduced. The results will leave you with a refreshed and revitalized look.

Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who:
  • Have eyelid issues that cause them to look older
  • Have vision problems caused by droopy eyelids
  • Have droopy, down-turned eyelids as a result of aging or genetics
  • Have bags under the eyes
  • Desire a more refreshed, rejuvenated appearance
  • Desire a natural look

What to Expect

For upper eyelid surgery, the plastic surgeon will make the incision within the natural fold of the eyelid. The incision will be extended outward as much as possible in order to address the extraneous skin folds located on the outside of the upper lid. After the incision is carefully made, the surgeon will remove the excess fat and skin. A ptotic or droopy eyelid can be repaired at the same time. The sutures are removed in 5-6 days and most patients return to work in a week.
For lower eyelid surgery, the incision will be placed along the bottom of the lash line to allow the plastic surgeon access to remove the extraneous fat and tissue. A special technique is used for patients with puffy lower lids but good skin tone called transconjunctival blepharoplasty, in which no external incisions are made. Patients with dark under eye circles caused by a lack of fat in the area could benefit from injectables or fat fillers to add volume to the area.
With some patients, both the lower and upper eyelids need to be addressed to correct all issues effectively. When both are combined, surgery can last around 2 hours.

Anticipated Results

Eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed under light general anesthesia or deep sedation supplemented by local anesthesia in the accredited Orange County Surgery Center. After surgery, patients can expect the eyelids to be bruised and swollen, which can be minimized with ice packs and elevating the head. Most patients are well enough to return to work in a week.


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