Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, provides his patients needing corrective and cosmetic surgery on the eyelids with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. We can enhance the appearance of your eyes by eliminating excess skin and smoothing the eye area. Your exact procedure depends on your specific desires combined with your eyelids’ general physical condition, the effect of sun damage, your skin’s thickness and elasticity, existing wrinkling, the amount and distribution of eyelid fat, your underlying bone structure, allergies, heredity, and other factors to be discussed with Dr. Mata. The most important factors determining the final appearance of your eyes are Dr. Mata’s sense of aesthetic flair, understanding of eyelid anatomy, and his technical skills. Dr. Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® will determine the best combination of procedures to achieve your desired result.

Surgical Technique

The procedure may either be performed on the upper eyelid only or the lower lid or both. There will be a difference in approaches when it comes to the upper and lower eyelids but the method is similar; removing any loose skin or tissue, and extracting or repositioning the fat deposit. There will also be separate incisions spots. It is important to understand that this will not help with other cosmetic issues such as crow’s feet, wrinkles or dark circles. The results of eyelid surgery are fairly isolated within the upper and lower lid section only. There are other procedures that can be combined, for example, the use of BOTOX®, to create a maximized outcome.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The most common problem with the upper eyelid is excess skin that droops and hangs over the eyes. Not only does this look unappealing, but it may also obstruct vision for a patient. The doctor will create an incision along the natural fold of the eyelid and extract any excess fat and tissue to remove any bulges. Once done, excess skin will also be trimmed and the cut will be closed with fine sutures. There are cases when fat tissues are only repositioned instead of excised.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

There are two options for incisions when it comes to lower eyelid surgery. This treatment will improve any appearance of bulging and sagging below the eye. Incisions may be made just slightly below the lash line and excess fat, tissue or skin will be excised. If the skin has retained good elasticity, a transconjunctival incision may be a better option as the cut is made inside the lower eyelid, which effectively makes any resulting scar concealed. A lower lid lift does not necessarily improve the dark circles that may occur under the eyes. The surgeon may recommend combining a lower blepharoplasty with another procedure such as a chemical peel or an injectable filler.

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During/After Surgery

Eyelid surgery can performed under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or deep sedation. Upper eyelid alone is often performed while the patient is awake under a local anesthetic. If the procedure involves both upper and lower eyelids, the plastic surgeon will typically manage the upper eyelid first. On average, it takes 1 – 2 hours to complete the operation. The patient will be sent home for recovery. For the first few days, there will be swelling and discoloration around the area. It is advised that the head is elevated for the first few days. Pain medications and antibiotics will be prescribed to manage the initial discomfort. Strenuous activities must also be restricted.

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Recover Time10 days
Average Procedure Time2-3 hrs
Procedure Recovery LocationOutpatient


Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Evident Scars?

Eyelid surgery, whether upper or lower, generally does not cause visible scarring. This is because the surgeon takes great care to ensure that the incisions are made within the natural lines and folds of the eyes. Once the surgical healing has passed, the incisions will not be noticeable even to the naked eye.

Wrinkles and Crow's Feet?

Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles are better treated with procedures such as a facelift, browlift or a cheek lift as the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery may also be combined with a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler may also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a softer, smoother appearance.

Post-Surgery Complications?

Complications and irritations after surgery are rare. Patients must strictly adhere to care instructions prescribed by the surgeon to minimize any risks of infection as the eyes may be sensitive after surgery. Patients must always take the precaution of protecting the eyes from the sun and wind during the first few weeks of recovery.

Better Eyesight?

Blepharoplasty not only corrects a cosmetic issue but a functional one as well. Many patients with excess hanging skin on their upper eyelids are able to regain normal vision after surgery. For many, simply applying makeup without maneuvering around the excess skin is refreshing in and of itself.