When to Consider Eyelid Surgery

before and after blepharoplasty at UNCIs There an Ideal Age for Blepharoplasty?

Drooping upper eyelids are a concern for people young and old. The cause is genetic for some individuals, and for others it’s a sign of advancing years. Restoring a more youthful and open upper eyelid, through blepharoplasty, can be a very rewarding experience. We don’t age according to a timeline, nor do we all age in the same way. So we look at your individual concerns to determine the best age for eyelid surgery. Whether you’re 31 or 55, consider blepharoplasty if the appearance or function of your eyelids is bothering you.

If you’re a younger patient, you get to enjoy the results for many years to come.

“My eyelids were so heavy people would ask why I always look down. After cosmetic eyelid surgery I can look’em right in the eyes! The experience at UNC was the best in every way. Bottom line I did this just for me!”

Kandy, eyelid surgery patient at UNC
Before upper eyelid surgery, we administer a general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation. Within the natural contours of your skin, the upper eyelid incision is performed, which extends from the interior corner to slightly beyond the outside corner. Excess fat and skin are removed through the incision, and the skin is closed with fine sutures. Recovery times is about 7-10 days, but some swelling will usually persist for up to 3 weeks. During recovery, you will need to be cautious and avoid straining your eyes. Our staff can advise you on makeup application and concealer during your recovery. When you visit UNC for a consultation, we discuss your concerns and determine if eyelid surgery is the best procedure for achieving your goals. We will also discuss the alternative surgeries and treatments that can help rejuvenate the eye area.