Eyelid Surgery: Before and After Photos

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Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Written By Susan McBratney, PhD on November 27, 2021
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    Eyelid Surgery to Enhance Your Appearance
    Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty or eye lift, removes excess skin, muscle and fat. People seek cosmetic eyelid surgery to enhance their eyes and perhaps look younger overall. Blepharoplasty may also be done for medical reasons if loose or sagging skin is impairing your field of vision. If you’re considering eyelid surgery, probably foremost on your mind is how surgery will change your appearance. Here, a leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kevin Light, provides striking before and after images. Take a peek—you might get an idea of what surgery could do for you.
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    No More Puffy Eyes
    Skin loses elasticity over time. As we age, our eyelids sag and “bags” may develop in the upper and lower lids. This can make some people self-conscious of how they look. Both men and women seek cosmetic eyelid surgery. Here, a 38-year old male patient wanted to get rid of the puffy bags in his lower eyelids. The photo on the bottom is 3 to 4 months after surgery, but it can take longer than this to see the full effect of eyelid surgery.
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    A More Rested Appearance
    A female patient in her late 40s sought cosmetic eyelid surgery for a more rested and energized appearance as well as open up her field of vision. The effect 3 to 4 months after surgery is striking. Surgeons can combine eyelid surgery with additional cosmetic procedures if you have other problem areas. Talk with your cosmetic surgeon about your overall goals before deciding on eyelid surgery.
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    The Results Are Often Long Lasting
    The medical term for excess skin on the eyelids is dermatochalasis. Although heavy, droopy eyelids are partly genetic, sagging skin also comes with the aging process. Here, a 39-year old female wanted to correct bagginess in both her upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery also removes excess fat. Surgery doesn’t prevent your skin from aging, but you can help maintain your new look by avoiding sun exposure, reducing stress, and not smoking.
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    Eyelid Surgery Opens the Eyes
    This 46-year old patient had blepharoplasty to correct heavy upper eyelids (dermatochalasis). The photo was taken one year after surgery. Keep in mind you will need to schedule time off from your usual activities—including school and work, for 1 to 2 weeks while you recovery from surgery.
Eyelid Surgery: Before and After Photos
  • Dr. Kevin D. Light
    We thank Dr. Light† for contributing photos for this story. Dr. Light is a board-certified general surgeon and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, practicing in Plano, Texas. †Died December 31, 2017.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

About The Author

Susan McBratney has been a staff writer and medical editor at Healthgrades since 2009. She previously worked in basic science research and literature curation before switching gears to write and edit medical content in the consumer-focused digital health field.
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Last Review Date: 2021 Nov 27
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