Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is used to correct "puffy bags" below the eyes and drooping upper lids that make the patient look older and tired or that interferes with vision. Eyelid surgery will not remove wrinkles around the eyes, lift sagging eyebrows, or eliminate dark circles under the eyes.
Sagging eyelids are a normal part of aging. Fat deposits may increase as skin thins and wrinkles.
Incisions are made in the natural creases or folds of the eyelids. Underlying fat may be removed, excess skin is trimmed along the natural fold in the eyelid.
After healing, the scars fade and are unnoticeable.
Reviewed By: Paul B. Griggs, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.