R. Scott Haupt, M.D.

Utah Cosmetic Surgery (801) 293-8100
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Eyelid Surgery - Blepharoplasty

This is any sort of surgery involving droopy, heavy upper eyelids. It can also correct puffy eyelids resulting from excess fatty tissue. The most common causes of this type of eyelid are age and genetics.

Lower eyelid lift

This eyelid surgery procedure corrects droopy or puffy lower eyelids. The procedure concentrates on the removal of fatty tissue. Ideal candidates have eyes that appear swollen and tired.

The surgical techniques for these procedures are determined at the time of the consultation. They involve a minor incision made in either the upper or lower eyelid crease, or inside the lower eyelid itself. Then fatty tissue is removed, in most cases, along with the tightening of skin. The incision is closed, and the end result is eyes that appear more alert, alive and less irritated.

The recovery process takes a few weeks. After a few days, you’ll be able to read and watch TV, and resume most activities. During the recovery process, you may need to clean your eyes with a special solution.

There is very minimal scarring, because of the locations of the incisions.

Eyes have been called the “window to the soul.” If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, there are safe, routine procedures available to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift) Surgery involve?

Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids or both.  Depending on the patient’s skin elasticity around the eyes determines if the patient would benefit from one or both procedures.  The operation on both upper and lower eyelids can be performed at the same time. 

Upper eyelid surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids.
Lower eyelid surgery can be performed in different ways, and only a consultation can determine the appropriate approach for the patient.  The visual appearance of puffy bags and excess of skin and wrinkles can be dramatically improved to the patient’s appearance in the lower eyelids.  
Dr. Haupt’s goal is to create a natural look for the patient, a more rejuvenated appearance to the areas of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.

What are the common risks of Blepharoplasty surgery?

Every surgery has risks.   The common risks that are involved in Blepharoplasty surgery are a change in lower or upper eyelid position, remaining skin wrinkles or fat bags, and a persistent dryness of the eyes.

Will my insurance company pay for Blepharoplasty surgery because my vision is affected?
Patients, who have an excessive amount of upper eyelid skin or even an extreme case of heaviness to the lower eyelid skin would need to contact their insurance company first, then will need to undergo a Visual Field test to confirm that the excess skin is affecting the peripheral vision.  After these steps are complete, contact our office to insure we take your insurance. Only a complete medical evaluation can determine if you might fall into this category.

How long is the recovery period?

Patients should stay home and rest for approximately one week following surgery.  During the first week the stiches are removed in a post-op visit.  Patients will have swelling as well as noticeable bruising after surgery.   Within seven to ten days after surgery patients can usually return to normal daily activities.

Is Blepharoplasty surgery painful?

Patients are pleasantly surprised regarding the minimal amount of pain or discomfort associated with Blepharoplasty surgery.  The most discomfort is from having a dry and or scratchy eye sensation following surgery.  This can be elevated by eye drops and pain medications that Dr. Haupt recommends or prescribes for the patient.

When can I return to work or school?

A healthy individual who does not smoke and maintains their at home care should be able to return to work or school approximately one week after your surgery.