Eyelids (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can correct drooping upper lids that tend to sag with time and the puffy bags below the eyes.
Eyelid surgery improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. It gives a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be done as a single procedure, or in conjunction with other facial surgery such as a facelift or a browlift.

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Goal of Surgery Prior To Your Surgery Risks of Surgery Include
Removes excess fat

Removes excess skin

More rested appearance

More youthful appearance

Get medical evaluation

Adjust current medicines

Stop smoking

Avoid aspirin

Unfavorable scarring               Dry eye

Temporary blurred vision         Ectropian

Difficulty closing eyes               Lid lag

Loss of eyesight                        Asymmetry



During your initial consultation with Dr. Olivier, she will thoroughly discuss your desires and expectations for Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty) with you. After a comprehensive history and physical examination, Dr. Olivier will review the surgical options and recommend the option that she thinks is best for you. Dr. Olivier will discuss specific instructions for preparing for surgery, including diet and medication requirements. She will also clearly explain your post-surgery needs so that you can prepare in advance.


Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Olivier will recommend the best choice for you. The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed for scars to be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region. Droopy conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allowing repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess skin. Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed. A transconjunctival incision, one hidden inside the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat. Eyelid incisions typically are closed with: removable or absorbable sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.

The results of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvenated appearance.

Your final results will be apparent when the swelling and bruising subside. You should appear more youthful and rested.


After facelift a bandage will be placed around your face to minimize post eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) swelling and bruising. In addition, small tubes (drains) may be placed in beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid. Although many factors are involved with determining your actual recovery time for facelift, you will likely experience a post-surgical recovery period and an additional period of reduced-activity. You will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of Dr. Olivier. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade.
You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with Dr. Olivier.


Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) is often performed as an isolated procedure. However, it may be combined with other procedures such as Facelift and Browlift.


If you would like to learn more about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in New York, we invite you to meet with Dr. Olivier who is a female, board certified plastic surgeon for a private consultation at our Brooklyn office, located at One Hanson Place.  Contact us by calling 718-783-0934.
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