Darrow Cosmetic Surgery in Boston is a top provider of both upper and lower eyelid surgery in Boston, MA. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a transformative procedure designed to rejuvenate the area around your eyes, making you look more rested and alert. This FAQ aims to address frequent questions and provide insight into what you can expect from the procedure.

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, involves the removal or repositioning of skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery targets excess skin that droops and obscures vision, while lower eyelid surgery addresses under-eye bags and wrinkles, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are individuals in good general health, non-smokers, and those with realistic expectations about the outcomes. If you are concerned about drooping eyelids, under-eye bags, or wrinkles that make you look tired or older, eyelid surgery may be an excellent option.

How Do I Know If Eyelid Surgery Is Right for Me?

A comprehensive consultation with a qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon is the best way to ensure your safety and that your expectations for results align with the surgeon’s recommendations and approach. During your consultation you should anticipate a review of your health and medication history and a physical evaluation of your skin and eyelids. Review before and after pictures of the surgeons previously performed eyelid surgeries. 

How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Eyelid surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure. For upper eyelid surgery, incisions are made within the natural crease of the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, incisions are made just below the lash line or inside the eyelid. Through these incisions, excess skin and fat are removed or redistributed.

What Is the Recovery Process Like?

Recovery varies, cool compresses and over the counter medication is usually successful in managing the mild swelling, bruising and discomfort that may occur. Most patients resume normal activities within 10 to 14 days. As part of the consultation process, be sure to ask the surgeon any questions you may have about the recovery process and managing discomfort.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Eyelid Surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, including infection, bleeding, and changes in vision. However, choosing a board-certified surgeon minimizes these risks and is vital to ensuring a safe and successful outcome.

How Long Will the Results Last?

Eyelid surgery results are long-lasting, with many patients enjoying the benefits for years. While the procedure does not stop the aging process, it can be highly impactful in restoring a more youthful appearance.

Can Eyelid Surgery Be Combined with Other Facial Procedures?

Yes, eyelid surgery can be combined with other procedures such as facelifts and brow lifts to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Contact Us to Learn More

To learn more contact us to request a consultation. Our founding surgeon Dr. Jeffery Darrow is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Contact Darrow Cosmetic Surgery today to get started with a personalized evaluation for eyelid surgery in Boston.