Cosmetic Surgery

What is Blepharoplasty?

Jun 14 • 3 minute read

Blepharoplasty is a form of eyelid surgery. The aim is to remove fat deposits and loose skin from the eyelids. Through blepharoplasty, Ghada Y Afifi MD, FACS can help your eyes appear more rested and vibrant.

As you age, the skin loses its definition and volume. There is also a loss in skin elasticity. The collagen that once made your skin youthful and smooth decreases. As a result, you develop wrinkles and saggy skin. Deposits of fat develop under the eyelids, and they appear to bulge out the skin. Both the upper and lower eyelids can be affected, forming puffy eyes.

Baggage on the eyes can cause extra skin to land over the eyelid. In extreme cases, the skin can obscure vision. Baggage around the eyes is a common problem. This condition makes you look older and tired. Now you can re-shape your eyelids with a precise surgery and reclaim your youth.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

You do not have to be a senior citizen to suffer from inflated or droopy eyelids. Droopy eyelids can set in as early as your twenties or thirties. Eyelid surgery could benefit patients who experience the following issues:

  • Loose upper eyelids that obscure vision

  • Puffy upper eyelids

  • Dry, wrinkly eyelids

  • Dark circles or bags under the eyes

  • Upper eye surface not large enough to apply makeup

  • Excess skin concealing the natural folds on the upper eyelids

What Blepharoplasty Involves

You may consider eyelid surgery if droopy eyelids keep you from completely shutting or opening your eyes. Below are the different types of eyelid surgery.

Lower Eyelid Lift

We all have a layer of fat to cushion the eye from the skeletal eye socket. As you age, the membrane holding the fat loosens. A weak membrane allows fat to bulge out under the eyes. The lower eyelid lift is an appropriate solution to this problem. The treatment involves the removal of the fat deposits under the eye. In conjunction with eliminating sagging skin, a lower eyelid lift will rejuvenate your appearance.

To perform this surgery, our experienced surgeon will make an incision below the lower eyelashes. She then removes excess fat, muscle, and skin with precision. The healing process is rapid. Because we make our incisions close to the eyelashes, no scars are detectable.

Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty

This treatment is effective for patients with less prominent eye bags. Transconjuctional blepharoplasty involves removing fat deposits without taking out any skin. An incision is made under the lower eyelash with laser assistance. With transconjunctival blepharoplasty, we can reduce the visibility of scars.

Upper Eyelid Lift

Excess fat tissue under the upper eyelids can give your eyes a droopy appearance. The upper eyelid lift can reverse the effects of age and restore your youth. We can remove any excess skin and fatty tissue that creates a droopy appearance.

What to Expect from Eyelid Surgery

A blepharoplasty takes anywhere between two to three hours. The outcome of an upper eyelid lift can last between five to seven years. The results of a lower eyelid lift are more permanent. The surgery does not stop aging. If the eye bags persist, we can recommend a forehead lift.

Eyelid surgeries do not eliminate facial wrinkles or discolored baggage under the eyes. Pigmentation may occur concurrently with blepharoplasty treatments. You may want to consider laser resurfacing or chemical peeling to reduce pigmentation.


If you choose to undergo a blepharoplasty treatment, you should plan for seven to ten days off work. Every surgery is different, and every patient is unique; recovery duration may vary. For this reason, we work closely with you to monitor your progress.

Are You Considering Blepharoplasty?

Our surgical team is artful and careful in our technique. We make incisions along the natural creases of the eye and close to the eyelashes to eliminate the chances of visible scarring. At our Newport Beach plastic surgery practice we can help reverse the effects of time. We will lift and reposition the rest of the skin to give you that radiant and youthful look.

Have you noticed your eyelids getting puffier? No worries, our cosmetic eyelid therapies will help. Call our Newport Beach office today!

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