Ask the Doctor: What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

Ask the Doctor: What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?


Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing excess skin around your eyes? Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is meant to improve the appearance of the eyelids, including loose or sagging skin that can impair vision, excess fatty deposits or bags under the eyes, and wrinkles on the lower eyelids. Read on to learn more about this procedure and how it is done.

How to Prepare

Before undergoing eyelid surgery, patients should avoid taking any medications that could thin the blood, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements. Smokers should also quit smoking at least eight weeks before surgery, as nicotine can impair the healing process and lead to complications.

The Procedure

Typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, eyelid surgery involves the creation of an incision. The location of the incision is dependent on whether you are receiving upper or lower eyelid surgery. If you choose to undergo upper eyelid surgery, an incision will be made within the eyelid crease. Dr. Rosenberg can then reposition fat, tighten muscles, and remove any excess skin. In contrast, during lower eyelid surgery, an incision can be made either below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. Incisions are then closed.


Following the procedure, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and dry eyes. Any discomfort can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and ointment. It is important that patients protect their eyes from the sun during recovery, and use darkly tinted sunglasses when going outside. Dr. Rosenberg will give you specific recovery instructions to help you experience a quick and safe recovery.

Patients in the Baltimore, MD area who are interested in learning more about eyelid surgery can contact us today at 410-324-3071. We would be happy to schedule a consultation for you.