Eye Lift

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

There are many personal reasons why people have eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty. Some people want their eyes to convey vitality and energy while others simply want to look younger. Regardless, it’s important to know that people with a visual impairment are not the only candidates. In fact, it is the third most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S. with more than 165,000 performed each year. Natural results and a more youthful facial appearance are achievable from experienced facial plastic surgeons, like Michael Nuara, MD.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery or eye lift, is a surgical procedure to correct wrinkles and contours around the eyes and eyelids.

This surgery is usually done for cosmetic purposes. It is also an effective way to improve sight in people whose sagging upper eyelids get in the way of their vision. If you think you may have this problem, ask your eye doctor about getting a ‘visual field test.’

An eye lift will not eliminate dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet or other facial wrinkles. It is often done along with other procedures, such as fractional Co2 laser resurfacing and/or Botox to address other aspects of aging around the eyes.

Blepharoplasty Patient
Blepharoplasty - Patient Before Photo Blepharoplasty - Patient After Photo
Before Blepharoplasty After Blepharoplasty

Sedation Options

Many facial plastic surgical procedures can be performed under local anesthesia (patient is awake). Some patients, however, may prefer sedation (patient is sleepy but still able to be aroused) or general anesthesia (patient is fully asleep) depending on the procedure(s). Sedation level depends on the patient’s preference and the physician’s recommendation.

For More Information

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Virginia Mason’s Facial Plastic Surgery department at (206) 341-0158 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or visit virginiamason.org/facialplasticsurgery

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