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The Ohio State University Plastic Surgery
915 Olentangy River Road, Suite 2140
Columbus, OH 43212
Ph: 614.259.7920
Fax: 614.293.9024

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Puffiness, bagginess, and pronounced creases in the skin are some of the common effects that age and exhaustion can have around the eyes, and may be causing you to look older than you really are. Eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, is an aesthetic enhancement procedure designed to smooth out the skin, eliminate excess fat, and rejuvenate the eye areas for a more youthful and rested appearance. Doctors at the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery can perform eyelid surgery on both upper and lower eyelid regions with effective, long-lasting results.

Please contact the OSU Department of Plastic Surgery for more information on eyelid surgery, or to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic plastic surgeons.

Eyelid Surgery Benefits

The combination of aging and lack of sleep can contribute to a haggard, exhausted, and even unhappy appearance in the skin surrounding the eyes. Excess skin in the upper lids can even make vision more challenging. Eyelid surgery works to correct these issues. With eyelid surgery, bagginess in the lower lids can be reduced, excess skin around the eyes can be removed, and the entire area can be smoothed out and renewed for a more refreshed appearance.

Our plastic surgeons can meet with you to discuss all aspects of eyelid surgery and help you determine if this procedure is the best option to meet your needs. At your initial consultation, you are encouraged to ask your OSU plastic surgeon any questions you may have. If you decide that eyelid surgery is the right procedure for you, we will come up with a customized treatment plan that can ultimately provide you with beautiful, natural-looking results.

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The appearance of sagging or drooping eyelids can cause an angry, sad, or exhausted appearance. Excess saggy skin in the upper eyelids can also cause vision obstruction and make the most basic everyday tasks more challenging. Upper eyelid surgery can address these issues. The procedure begins with incisions made in the upper lids. These tiny incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelids, making any residual scarring virtually invisible. Your OSU plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the lids and tighten the remaining skin for a smoother appearance. Upper eyelid surgery typically takes one to three hours to complete and can be performed as an outpatient.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Bagginess or puffiness under the eyes is a very common condition and can be significantly reduced with lower eyelid surgery. The procedure begins with small incisions made under the lower eyelashes. Any scarring from the incisions will be hidden within the natural creases of the lower lids. Excess skin, fat, and muscle are then removed from the area. Your OSU plastic surgeon will then smooth out the remaining skin for a more youthful, refreshed, and rejuvenated appearance. Lower eyelid surgery typically takes about one to three hours to complete, and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

After eyelid surgery, your eyes will likely be lubricated with a special ointment. You can expect some mild bruising and swelling in the treatment areas for about two weeks after the procedure; however, any pain or discomfort can be alleviated with medication. You may also be affected by temporary blurry or double-vision, sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing for several days after eyelid surgery. Normal daily routines can typically be resumed within one week; however, you will need to avoid strenuous activities for at least two to three weeks after treatment.

Schedule an Eyelid Surgery Consultation

If you would like to meet with one of the plastic surgeons at the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery to gain a better understanding of what you can expect from eyelid surgery, please contact our practice today. We can answer your questions and talk about your goals.