Sagging Eyelids May Mean It Is Time for Eyelid Surgery

Take a good look at your face. What do you see? Are your eyelids drooping? If your eyelids are drooping and sagging and impeding your vision or making you look older or tired, it might be time to look (see what we did there?) at the blepharoplasty eyelid-lift procedure. If you’re on the fence about having eyelid surgery, consider these three eye-opening insights.


Eyelid Surgery Is a Common Procedure

It may surprise you, but the blepharoplasty procedure is a very popular surgery. In fact, it was one of the top five plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. in 2016.

Genetics, aging and some medical conditions can cause the eyelids to sag, which can impact peripheral vision and make certain activities difficult or dangerous. Sagging and drooping eyelids can also cause individuals to look older, tired or even angry.

There Are Three Types of Eyelid Surgery

Don’t know what kind of eyelid surgery you need? There are three different types of the surgery, and they can be performed alone or in combination. The eyelid-lift procedure can also be used in combination with other facial plastic surgery procedures such as the face-lift or brow-lift.

The three types of eyelid procedures are:

  • The upper-eyelid surgery, which targets excess tissue of the upper eyelid and is commonly used to restore lost peripheral vision caused by drooping eyelids or to improve an individual’s appearance.
  • The lower-eyelid procedure, which removes the excess skin, bags and wrinkles from the lower eyelid and underneath the eyes.
  • The double-eyelid procedure, which helps to create larger and wider-looking eyes by creating a crease in the upper eyelid.

Eyelid Surgery Is an Outpatient Procedure

Modern plastic surgery techniques like those practiced by Dr. Jack Peterson make the eyelid-lift surgery an outpatient procedure. On average, eyelid surgery takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of damage to the treatment areas.

Some people opt for local anesthesia for the procedure, but general anesthesia is also an option.

For some patients, the recovery from eyelid surgery may take several weeks, but most patients are back to their normal routines within two to three weeks of surgery.