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Eye Lift (Blepharoplasty)
The plastic surgeons at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Maryland, offer eye lifts (also called blepharoplasty) to correct drooping upper eyelids and bags from beneath the eyes, which can cause an appearance of sadness or fatigue.
An eye lift can open up the eye area, giving you a more youthful appearance as well as a more alert expression. In some cases, people have eyelid surgery to improve their vision, which may be obstructed by the upper lid. It may also be done in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures like rhinoplasty (nose job), facelift, or brow lift.
What to expect during eye lift surgery
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure and you will be given either local anesthesia and a mild sedative, or general anesthesia. It will take about two hours in addition to recovery time.
Recovery from eye lift surgery
Your doctor may prescribe pain medication to help with post-surgery discomfort and eye drops to help with dry or itchy eyes. Ice packs several times per day are very important after surgery to minimize swelling. The incisions will heal within a week and swelling generally subsides in two weeks.