What is Eyelid Surgery?

If your eyes look tired, puffy, or droopy – even after a good night’s sleep – then the answer to your problems might be eyelid surgery. The surgery will help you will look refreshed and often younger.

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, removes excess droopy skin from upper lids and/or bags from lower lids giving you a more youthful, energetic appearance. This procedure is virtually painless, performed under anesthesia, and recovery time is minimal. Plus, for your convenience, we can treat these conditions easily and effectively in our comfortable outpatient surgery center.

Are there different types of eyelid surgery?

Yes, there are several different types of eyelid surgery that we perform.

Upper lid blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin from the eyelids. In addition to improving the facial appearance, upper lid blepharoplasty can also improve eyesight in cases where overhanging eyelids interfere with vision. The procedure is performed by making an incision along the crease of the upper eyelid. Excess fatty tissue and sagging muscle are moved and the drooping skin is trimmed. The incision is hidden in the natural crease line. The eyelids and skin around the lids will be bruised and swollen for a short time following the procedure. Most people are able to return to their normal routine about a week after the surgery.

Lower lid blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess fat from the lower eyelid without making any skin incision. With this “no incision” technique, there is no scar on the exposed lower lid, and healing is typically very quick. Anyone with “bags” or puffy lower lids may be a candidate for this procedure.

Ptosis and Eyelid Surgery

Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid. It can happen to one or both eyes and the eyelid can fall so low that it covers part of the pupil, blocking the upper part of your vision. The common cause for a drooping upper eyelid is the aging of previously normal structures. When the eyelid droops and falls, that generally means that the tendon of the muscle responsible for lifting the eyelid is stretched. Surgery is required to correct the dropping eyelid’s stretched tendon, giving the patient a more youthful appearance.

A patient can develop a droopy upper eyelid following cataract surgery or other eye surgeries due to the fact that the eyelid is manipulated during the procedure, causing the muscle that holds the eye open to weaken. Stroke and trauma also can cause ptosis.


With great results and continual medical advances, cosmetic procedures are more popular than ever. Fortunately, these safe, non-invasive techniques have also become more affordable—especially with our easy financing plans. Contact the cosmetic center at SoCal Eye and let facial rejuvenation boost your confidence, or even give you a competitive edge in the workplace! To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-611-2020.