Blepharoplasty: Procedure, Efficacy, and Safety


Blepharoplasty: Procedure, Efficacy, and Safety

As people naturally age, the eyes are often one of the most tell-tale signs of it. Unfortunately, for some people, sagging and drooping of the eyelids can make them look even older than they actually are. If this sounds like you, then blepharoplasty may be a potential solution for you.


Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure in which the drooping and sagging around eyes are corrected. Depending on the particular needs of the patient, a certain level of muscle, skin, and fat may be removed in order to restore a more youthful appearance.

Not only does blepharoplasty provide a more youthful appearance, but it may also improve your ability to see due to removing the sagging skin that may have impaired your vision.


Who May Want Blepharoplasty?


Blepharoplasty may be a surgery that you are considering if you experience any of the following symptoms:


  • Drooping upper lids

  • Bags under your eyes

  • Extra skin on upper lids

  • Extra skin on lower lids

Keep in mind; some people elect to have the procedure in conjunction with other operations such as a facelift. However, it can just as easily be done as a standalone procedure.


Potential Risks and Safety


Blepharoplasty that is performed by a licensed professional is considered a safe procedure. However, there are potential risks involved.

As with any procedure, there is a certain level of risk that may come with blepharoplasty. Possible risks include:


  • Infection

  • Dry eyes

  • Eye irritation

  • Scarring

  • Skin discoloration

  • Blurred vision


Your doctor can provide a comprehensive list of potential risks at your consultation. Your doctor will also provide some follow-up care recommendations to help you avoid risks as much as possible.



Many people are happy with the results of their surgery and immediately feel like their face and eyes look much older. Results will vary from patient to patient, and the length of time of those results may also vary. For some people, the results last a lifetime, while other patients experience drooping at some point following the procedure. While the results are intended to be long-lasting, there is no way to predetermine what your results will look like or for how long.


Keep in mind, initial bruising and swelling should subside within two weeks following the procedure. However, the scars will take months or years to fade depending on various qualities of your skin, as well as your genetics.


Will Insurance Cover It?


In some instances, insurance will cover the cost of blepharoplasty. However, this is usually only in the event that the sagging or drooping interferes with your vision. You should consult with your insurance company to understand whether or not they are willing to cover the costs of the procedure.




The condition of your eyes can certainly have a huge impact on your health and appearance. Are you considering blepharoplasty? We would love to hear from you. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to answer your questions and put your mind at ease. We look forward to working with you!