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What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Our eyes say it all. So what do they say when they appear dull, heavy and surrounded by sagging skin? In addition to an appearance of tiredness or sadness, heavy eyelids may also obstruct your vision. If you want your eyes to say that you are young, fresh, and happy, consider eyelid surgery from one of our skilled surgeons in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, may help you look as young as you feel.

Our plastic surgeons understand that every case is different and strive to give you exceptional personal care. We have extensive experience with this procedure, have board-certified anesthesiologists on staff, and perform surgeries in our fully accredited facility. To learn more about eyelid surgery, request a consultation online or call us at(616) 464-4420.

Eyelid Surgery Benefits

Both the upper and lower eyelids can be addressed with eyelid surgery. There are several benefits of a blepharoplasty procedure in Michigan. These include:

  • Improved vision
  • Tightened skin around the eyes
  • Improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • A youthful appearance
  • Reduced fat deposits

During your consultation, you will discuss with your surgeon whether you will benefit most from upper or lower eyelid surgery. For comprehensive facial rejuvenation, consider combining eyelid surgery with a brow lift or a face lift.

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Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Depending on whether a patient is considering upper or lower eyelid surgery, the procedure may differ. With incisions made in the crease of the upper eyelid, excess skin is removed and the upper lid is elevated. For lower eyelid surgery, the incisions are either hidden inside the lower eyelid, or made just below the lashes. While skin is removed, muscle and fat are often removed and contoured as well.

In general, eyelid surgery takes about 1 to 3 hours. Blepharoplasty may be performed as an outpatient procedure, and can include both upper and lower eyelid surgery. This procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia. Most patients report that downtime is minimal, and normal activity can typically be resumed within a week of the procedure.

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