Eye Lid Surgery


Several factors, including aging, sun damage, smoking, stretching and obesity, can cause the eyelids to droop and sag as the supporting tissues deteriorate. This area is often one of the first to deteriorate, as the skin of the eyelid is thinner than the rest of the face. Eyelids that droop or bulge can cause people to appear much older or fatigued than they actually are.

Whether you’re looking for non-surgical cosmetic treatment options or surgery of the eye region, we have oculoplastic surgeons who are experts in the field. Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery may be a way to give you a more youthful look around the eyes. If your visual fields are obstructed, your insurance may even cover the surgery, making it much more reasonable financially. If you are seeing non-surgical options, procedures like Botox Cosmetic and Dermal Fillers are non-surgical options that are very cost effects ways to refresh and rejuvenate facial skin, giving a younger and less tired looking appearance to the eyes.

Our oculoplastic surgeons perform procedures such as the repair of droopy eyelids, blepharoplasty, repair of tear duct obstructions, orbital fracture repairs, orbital tumors, removal of tumors around the eyes, thyroid eye disease and eyelid reconstruction. Our surgeons also perform facial rejuvenation procedures including upper and lower eyelid lifts, endoscopic brow and forehead lifts, as well as mid-facelifting procedures.

Frequently asked questions

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by tightening muscles and tissue or removing excess fat and skin. This procedure can be performed on men and women alike, and offers a younger, more refreshed look that reflects across the whole face. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, you may want to consider blepharoplasty to improve your look and boost your confidence through a safe procedure with minimal downtime.

What is the procedure like?

The blepharoplasty procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia may be used for anxious or nervous patients. Patients may choose to have this procedure on their upper or lower eyelids, or both. Depending on these choices, the procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. If the upper eyelid is being treated, an incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid. Once the incision is made, Dr. Farr may reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles and tissue, or remove excess skin in order to leave the eye looking younger and refreshed. For the lower eyelid, an incision is made just below the lash line in order for excess skin to be removed. After the procedure is performed, the incisions are closed with sutures, and usually wrapped in gauze to allow the area to heal.

What will I experience during recovery?

After the blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Farr may recommend applying lubricating ointment and cold compresses to help aid the healing process and minimize side effects such as swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes. The eyes may also be wrapped in gauze after the procedure. Patients can usually return to work within two days, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Swelling and other side effects usually subside within two weeks after surgery. Dr. Farr will give you specific instructions on how to care for your eyes are surgery.

How long do results last?

Results of a blepharoplasty procedure are visible as swelling and bruising subside, and will continue to improve for up to a year after surgery. This procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results. While surgery cannot prevent your eyes from aging, most patients are satisfied with their results and do not seek repeat procedures. The scars from the blepharoplasty procedure are usually well concealed and will fade with time until they are virtually unnoticeable. The incision is hidden in the crease of the eyelid in an upper blepharoplasty, and just below the lashes in a lower blepharoplasty.

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Before and After 

Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

with "Brow Lift"

By Kenneth D. Farr, M.D.
By Kenneth D. Farr, M.D.
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By Kenneth D. Farr, M.D.
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