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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Excess skin, fat, and muscle around the eyes can often make a person look older or tired. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, can restore a person’s youthful and energetic appearance. During cosmetic eyelid surgery, carefully placed incisions are made in order to remove excess tissue. Depending on your unique needs and aesthetic goals, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby, may recommend combining your procedure with another option, such as browlift surgery, for a more comprehensive improvement. Following the eyelid lift procedure, patients often report a boost of confidence from their refreshed and rejuvenated look.

Eyelid Surgery Candidates

Candidates for eyelid surgery typically seek to reverse the visible signs of aging around the eyes. Common cosmetic concerns among eyelid surgery candidates include:

  • Excess or sagging skin from the upper or lower eyelids
  • Excess fat above the eyes
  • Bulges or bags below the eyes
  • Fine lines or wrinkles on the eyelids
  • Dark circles below the eyes

Some patients also experience vision impairment due to the upper eyelids drooping into the field of vision. In these cases, the cost of blepharoplasty may be covered by the patient’s health insurance plan. Our staff at Annapolis Aesthetic Surgery can help you navigate your insurance benefits, and Dr. Ormsby can complete any necessary preauthorization paperwork.

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Each eyelid surgery is custom-tailored to meet the patient’s unique needs and goals. The surgical approach may entail upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or a combination of the two for a more comprehensive eyelid rejuvenation.

  • Upper Blepharoplasty: Excess skin and fat are removed from the upper eyelids. By placing the incisions along the natural crease of the eye, any scarring can be easily concealed once the healing process is complete. Patients who have impaired vision due to sagging upper lids can expect their field of vision to be fully restored.
  • Lower Blepharoplasty: Redundant skin is removed and excess fat below the eye is contoured or repositioned to eliminate bulges while also filling any hallowed areas. Dr. Ormsby takes special care during this procedure to support the structure of the lower lid and prevent postoperative laxity. Incisions are carefully placed along the lash line for a natural-looking, revitalized appearance once the area has healed.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Mild to moderate swelling is normal immediately following eyelid surgery. Dr. Ormsby recommends patients keep their head elevated to reduce swelling. Cold compresses and lubricating eye drops can also be used to facilitate the healing process. Patients who experience postoperative discomfort can use oral pain medication to easily manage this side effect. Within 2-3 days, patients should feel comfortable resuming normal activity. After 5-7 days, Dr. Ormsby will remove the sutures, and at this time, patients can typically return to work. Though a significant change will be immediately noticeable, patients will notice the results of their procedure continue to improve over the course of the following months. Once the healing process has concluded, patients can enjoy a more refreshed and youthful appearance around their eyes.

To view the type of results you can expect following your procedure, please visit our gallery of eyelid surgery before and after photos.



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Schedule Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation

If you are interested in eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), contact Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby. Arrangements can be made for you to stay locally during your recovery if you do not live in the Annapolis, Maryland area.

Did You Know: Patients who have facial surgery with Dr. Ormsby also receive complimentary pre & post op skin care treatments with surgery – click here to learn about skin care treatments