Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, can be used to refine either the upper or lower eyelids. To provide a crisp, refreshed upper eyelid, excess skin, muscle and some fat are removed through incisions placed in the eyelid crease so that the scar is hidden when your eyes are open. In some cases, excess upper eyelid skin can cause straining as your eyelids worker harder than normal to remain open. In this case, your health care insurance may agree to cover an upper eyelid blepharoplasty to remove this redundant upper eyelid skin and optimize your field of vision.

To treat a puffy, hollow, or wrinkled lower eyelid, a lower eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed. There are two forms of lower lid blepharoplasty. A transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty removes fat bags from the lower eyelid using an incision that is well hidden on the inner surface of the lower eyelids. To tighten or remove excess lower eyelid skin, the transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be combined with laser tightening of the lower eyelid or a second incision through which excess skin is removed.

A subciliary lower eyelid blepharoplasty uses a well-hidden incision just below the lower eyelash line to help remove excess skin, muscle and protruding fat. This smoothens the contour between the lower eyelid and cheek.


Browse a photo gallery of Washington University Physician patients' before and after photos of Eyelid lifts here.

To learn more details about cosmetic eyelid surgery, review photos, or learn when we are having a free seminar please visit us online at westcountyplasticsurgeons.wustl.edu.


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