Eyelid Surgery – An Overview Including What To Expect During Surgery

by Sarah Morris Consultant
People say eyes are the windows to the soul.

They are right. When we gaze into the eyes of another person we tend to gather a lot of information. 

Mostly it relates to the emotional state.

When cheerful you are “bright eyed”, because you raise your eyebrows to make the eyes look bigger and brighter. 

On the other hand when you are sad, you furrow your brows and make them look smaller. 

Yet, eyes can make a person look old for physiological reasons as well.

Bags under the eyes and saggy skin can make you look fatigued or older than you actually are.

In such a scenario eyelid reconstruction can be the answer.

Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, tightens the skin surrounding the eyes and makes you look rejuvenated.

Eyelid reconstruction is of two types.

1. Upper eyelid surgery – for addressing excess skin and fat so that the lids are tightened and look rejuvenated 

2. Lower eyelid surgery  - for bags under your eyes 

Before you go ahead it is important to decide if you are the right candidate for the procedure.

Typically you are okay for an eyelid surgery job if you are relatively healthy with no pre-existing eye issues.


There are several factors that affect the cost. These include:

  • Complexity of the procedure
  • Skill and experience levels of the surgeon
  • Location
  • Additional expenses on account of anesthesia, operating room, and post-surgical treatments/appointments 

What can you expect during the surgery?

The good news is blepharoplasty is relatively hassle-free. There is no hospital stay or outpatient visit. 

In most cases, the doctor will perform the operation in his/her office using local anesthesia. 

The surgeon will use either a scalpel or a laser and you should be free to go back home in about 2 hours or less.

Since it is your eyes, it is better your partner or a friend drives you back home. 

Once at home the doctor may recommend ice packs to reduce swelling and hasten recovery.

Recovery period

Recovery time is usually one or two weeks; depending the type of surgery performed. 

Side effects for most part are minor and restricted to swelling and bruising that go away soon.

Recovery for upper eyelid reconstruction Maryland is faster than for lower eyelid surgery.

If you want to transform your appearance, just consult a board certified doctor near you.

Keep in mind that every surgery success story starts with a consultation with a board certified doctor.

You must ask plenty of questions to get the most out of the consultation. 

Get answers to the following questions.

  • Is he / she a board certified surgeon?
  • How frequently has the surgeon performed the procedure you want?
  • What type of anesthesia will you be given and by whom?
  • What is the recovery time?
  • What is the total cost of the procedure? 

You can even use a consultation checklist to help you compare eyelid reconstruction surgeons in your area. 

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