Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)


OHSU providers perform eye lifts and eyelid lifts, as well as a number of eye rejuvenation techniques to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. These procedures make you look more rested and alert and are an option for adult men and women with healthy facial tissues and muscles.

Eye Lift Surgery

As you age, the muscles around the eyes often weaken, allowing fatty tissue to protrude, producing the commonly seen bags or pouches. Although this often is associated with the aging process, it also may be an inherited characteristic, or related to certain diseases. In addition, as the eyebrows descend, an accumulation of excess skin above the eyes can lead to a tired, hooded appearance.

Blepharoplasty, eyelift surgery or ptosis surgery are among the most common reconstructive surgeries. These surgeries are designed to eliminate excess skin and fat in your upper and lower eyelids. In cases where there is volume deficiency, blepharoplasty is done together with facial liposculpture. Patients with thin, fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids may benefit from the addition of facial skin resurfacing.

Most commonly, both upper and lower lid corrections are performed during the same procedure. The incisions are hidden in the skin creases or on the inside surface of the lower eyelids. After the excess tissues are removed the wound is meticulously closed with delicate, dissolvable sutures.

After surgery, some temporary swelling and bruising of the eyelids may develop. Minimal restrictions are placed on activity for one week and you may resume normal activities the following week. Eye makeup may be worn after the first week.