Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can create more open,
larger, and brighter appearing eyes. In women, excess skin
of the upper eyelid can interfere with makeup application
and obscure the natural contours of the eyelid. In both men
and women, loose, sagging, bulging tissues often make the
eyes appear smaller and contribute to a more tired or
Eyelid surgery is a very delicate procedure that is accomplished by removing loose skin and fatty tissue through very fine incisions based on careful measurements of your eyelids. Excessive removal of fat can produce a hollow, unnatural appearance, so Dr. Forley takes extra care to remove very precise amounts of tissue as needed to maintain the structure of the eyelids and allow for proper eye closure.
In some cases, repositioning of the fat of the lower eyelid over the bony rim is performed to create a smooth transition from the lower eyelid to the cheek when a lid-cheek demarcation, known as a “tear trough”, is present. Hyaluronic acid fillers may also be injected to smooth out the appearance of the tear trough.
Incisions for eyelid surgery are placed within a naturally occurring fold of the upper eyelid and immediately beneath the eyelashes of the lower eyelid to make them inconspicuous. If only fat removal is needed from the lower eyelid, the incision can sometimes be placed inside the lid resulting in no visible scar.
Recovery involves very minimal discomfort and a variable amount of swelling that decreases rapidly after the third day. Moderate bruising can be easily camouflaged with makeup until it resolves by 7-10 days. Sutures are removed by the fifth day and patients usually return to work after 1 week.