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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

The eyes are the focal point of our interaction with others, and it is important that they appear rested and vibrant. Many people believe it is the eyes that define our essence.

It is a common complaint as we age that the skin and fat around our eyes make us look tired. Droopy upper eyelids give the appearance of being older, and can also impair vision. Laxity of the skin and protrusion of the fat of the lower eyelid result in so called “bags” or dark circles under the eyes.

The purpose of an upper blepharoplasty is to remove the excess or redundant upper eyelid skin and occasionally fat, providing a more full and youthful appearing eyelid and more defined upper eyelid crease.

The purpose of a lower blepharoplasty is to improve the heavy “bags” under the eyes and fill in the so-called “tear trough” or shadowing that is often seen, improving the lower lid contour and giving the eyes a refreshed appearance.


Upper Blepharoplasty Before & After Photos

Lower Blepharoplasty Before & After Photos

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Overall, the goal of eyelid surgery is to provide a natural and youthful appearance to the eyes, while not changing their intrinsic character. Dr. Christian Paquet will meet with you and determine an individualized plan that will provide you with the most natural and rejuvenated look you desire.

To determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Paquet recommends a private, personal consultation and evaluation. To schedule a consultation please call our Concierge Patient Coordinator at (602) 726-6310 or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Question - What is a blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure designed to correct a tired appearance of the eyes. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty involves removing excess eyelid skin, and sometimes fat, in order to provide a youthful appearing lid and a natural defined eyelid crease. A lower eyelid blepharoplasty involves removal of any excess lower eyelid fat, and repositioning of the remaining fat in order to improve the lower lid puffiness and correct the “tear trough” beneath the eye. This provides a smooth and natural transition between the lower eyelid and cheek.

Question - Who is the best candidate for eyelid surgery?

The best candidate is someone who is in good health and has realistic expectations. Eyelid surgery can be performed at any age. Some patients may have congenital laxity and fat protrusion that necessitate surgery at an early age (as young as early 30s), while others may simply desire surgery to counteract the signs of aging giving them a tired appearance that doesn’t otherwise match their mindset. Whatever the reason, Dr. Paquet will provide the best possible surgical or non-surgical plan to address your individual case and provide you with the results you desire.

Question - What should I expect with regards to recovery?

All patients are functional very soon after surgery and are ready for social undertakings within 7-10 days. Light activity (walking, low-resistance bike/elliptical) is encouraged immediately after surgery, and full activity and exercise may be resumed after 2 weeks. While patients will be bruised and swollen after surgery, in many ways they look significantly better immediately post-operatively. Residual swelling may continue to improve for up to 1-2 months. Generally we recommend that patients take 7-10 days off of work for the procedure.

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