Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both.
- Eyelid surgery can correct several cosmetic and functional issues around the eyes, such as drooping eyelids that affect vision and under-eye bags that develop with aging.
- It can also create double eyelid folds in East Asian patients who are born without an upper eyelid crease.
- This procedure can be paired with a brow lift to open and define the eyes further.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a versatile procedure used to correct several concerns around the eyes.
For people with severely drooping upper eyelids, a condition known as dermatochalasis, functional blepharoplasty can increase your field of vision. As a cosmetic procedure, cosmetic lower-lid blepharoplasty can eliminate under-eye bags caused by aging or genetics to create a younger appearance. For patients without a crease between the upper eyelid and brow, East Asian blepharoplasty can create one.
Are you considering blepharoplasty in the Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson area? Choose the leading eyelid surgery experts in the Upstate at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery. To learn how we can help you achieve your goals, book a consultation with Dr. Thomas McFadden or Dr. Peter Felice!
Eyelid Surgery at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery
Blepharoplasty is highly customized to each patient’s unique needs. It can be performed on the upper, lower or both lids to give the eyes a more youthful, wide-awake look, broaden your field of vision, eliminate under-eye bags or create an upper eyelid crease.
How it works
The surgeon makes one or two incisions per eyelid: an internal incision in the lower lid for lower lid surgery, an external one in the fold of the upper lid for upper lid surgery or both. The surgeon then excises unwanted fat and skin from the area around the eye, adding internal sutures to further tighten the eye muscles in the case of severe ptosis (drooping). The incisions are then closed using stitches or surgical tape. Scars from external incisions will be naturally hidden by the eyelid.
Double eyelid surgery
East Asian blepharoplasty, commonly known as double eyelid surgery, involves constructing a fold between the eyebrows and lash line. The surgeon makes a short incision on the upper eyelid, then makes a series of stitches to attach the skin to the muscle layer at the desired height, replicating the attachments found in people who naturally have double lids. Additional internal sutures are placed on the center and corners of the lid. Epicanthoplasty, a procedure to reposition the epicanthal fold at the inner fold of the eye, can be performed concurrently.
Why Choose Us for Blepharoplasty?
When undergoing any surgery – whether for cosmetic, functional or medical reasons – it’s vital to find a reputable, experienced and board-certified surgeon. Our team is exceptionally qualified to perform safe, professional eyelid surgery to enhance your appearance or improve your vision.
Our medical director and founder, Dr. Thomas McFadden, is the recipient of numerous awards and an affiliate Associate Professor of Surgery at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia. After training under some of the world’s top plastic surgeons, he now has two decades of experience working with patients in the Greenville area.
Joining our team in 2019, Dr. Peter Felice has extensive training in both plastic and reconstructive surgery, including maxillofacial (face and jaw) surgery, and has authored more than 20 plastic surgery publications.
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, you’re in good hands. We believe in getting to know each of our patients on a personal level and helping you achieve your goals on both a psychological and physical level.
Before and After Photos
Please note the patients featured in these images may have undergone other treatments in conjunction with blepharoplasty. This photo gallery does not guarantee that everyone who undergoes eyelid surgery will obtain these or similar results.
Are You a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Ideal candidates for traditional eyelid surgery are adults in good health with drooping or uneven eyelids or under-eye bags. East Asian blepharoplasty can be performed on any adult in good health lacking an upper lid crease.
If you have high blood pressure, thyroid problems or diabetes, the risks of undergoing this surgery are greater. Talk to our team to find out if you’re a good candidate for blepharoplasty.
What to Expect Before, During and After Your Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll go home the same day. Surgery itself is a quick procedure and most people recovery in a week’s time.
Before surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon to discuss your medical history, especially any conditions related to eye health, such as glaucoma, dry eye or allergies. You’ll undergo a physical examination during which the doctor may test your tear production, measure your eyelids and photograph them from multiple angles.
One week before the procedure, you must avoid alcohol, smoking and taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin.
For the procedure itself, you’ll be given a local anesthetic and usually oral sedation. The operation typically lasts about 45 minutes. You’ll need someone to drive you home.
After surgery, you may experience:
- Light sensitivity
- Swelling and bruising similar to a black eye
- Temporary blurred vision
You’ll need to frequently ice your eyelids to reduce swelling, especially during the first 24 hours.
For 2 weeks afterward, avoid:
- Aspirin and ibuprofen
- Dirty or dusty activities, such as gardening or dusting the house
- Exposure to direct sunlight
- Getting your hair colored or permed
- Rubbing your eyes
- Strenuous activity, including jogging and swimming
- Wearing contact lenses
- Wearing eye makeup
Your eyelids will be fully healed in 10–14 days, at which point the results of the operation will be visible.
Results of blepharoplasty are long lasting. Although the natural aging process may cause your eyelids to droop again in the future, the results will last for many years. In the case of East Asian blepharoplasty, results are permanent.
Many of our patients elect to undergo another surgery at the same time as their blepharoplasty. Doing so reduces your overall recovery time.
- Brow lift: Eyelid surgery can’t address excess fat or skin on the eyebrows. Pairing your blepharoplasty with a brow lift makes your eyes appear more open, reduces frown lines on the forehead and eliminates a worried expression caused by overhanging skin
- Facelift: A facelift can correct sagging skin around the cheeks, jawline and eyes to further rejuvenate your appearance
- Fillers: Fillers contour your face in various ways, including filling in hollows below the eyes that may exacerbate the look of eye bags
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?
The cost of eyelid surgery depends on the severity of the problem being addressed, the type of surgery and many more factors. For information on our pricing, contact us via phone or email.
Book Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation
Are you in the Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson area and interested in learning more about eyelid surgery? Schedule a virtual or in-person consultation with Dr. McFadden or Dr. Felice to discover how the team at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery can help you achieve your goals!
Eyelid Surgery FAQ
Is blepharoplasty safe?
Eyelid surgery is considered a very safe procedure with few associated complications. However, potential risks and side effects include:
- Dry or irritated eyes
- Injury to eye muscles
- Loss of eyesight (rare)
- Need for follow-up surgery
- Noticeable scars
- Problems closing the eyes
- Temporary blurred vision
Can I watch TV after getting blepharoplasty?
Wait 2–3 days after surgery before watching television, using the computer or reading, as your eyes will tire rapidly.
Can I drive after getting blepharoplasty?
You can drive once you are off pain medication and feeling well enough to do so. For most people, this is about 1 week after surgery.