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Blepharoplasty, or eye lift, is surgery to fix a sagging, drooping, or baggy eyelid. The upper and lower eyelids may be fixed.


Before your surgery:

  • Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.
  • An IV is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.
  • Anesthesia is medicine to make you comfortable during the surgery. Healthcare providers will work with you to decide which anesthesia is best for you.
    • General anesthesia will keep you asleep and free from pain during surgery. Anesthesia may be given through your IV. You may instead breathe it in through a mask or a tube placed down your throat. The tube may cause you to have a sore throat when you wake up.
    • Local anesthesia is a shot of medicine put into your eyelid. It is used to numb the area and dull the pain. You may still feel pressure or pushing during surgery.

During your surgery:

Your surgeon will make cuts in the natural folds of your eyelid with a blade or laser. Extra skin and fat will be removed. He may also tighten the eyelid or change its position. The cuts will be closed with tiny stitches, medical tape, or medical glue.

After your surgery:

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You will then be able to go home. You may expect watery eye, double vision, and sensitivity to light. Your eye may be swollen and numb.


  • You may have temporary numbness of your eyelid. Your eye may become dry and irritated. Your eyelid may be red and swollen for weeks or months. You may have blurry or double vision. You may develop scars. Your eye muscles may be damaged. You may have bleeding or bruising in your eye, which can lead to blindness.
  • Your eyelid may not close all the way. Your eyelid may look different than you expected. Your eye may look round, different from the other eye, or sunken. Ptosis or webbing (folding of the upper eyelid skin near your nose) may occur.


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

Further information

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