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The skin of the eyelid area is very delicate, making it prone to signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging, and drooping. These can be addressed through blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery. As this area is delicate, it is often best to see a facial plastic surgery specialist. Patients in the Phoenix, Arizona area can turn to Dr. Paquet for a blepharoplasty that will create a youthful, beautiful appearance.

What is a Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is more commonly referred to as eyelid surgery or an eye lift. The procedure involves removing loose, excess skin and, in some cases, tightening the muscles of the eyelids. This reduces drooping or sagging, creating a more youthful look.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty may be a good option for patients who are unhappy with drooping, sagging, or wrinkles in the eyelid area. It can also be used to reshape the eyelids in younger patients who would prefer a different look. Blepharoplasty can also, in some cases, be used to improve a patient’s eyesight if drooping eyelids obstruct their vision. Finally, blepharoplasty can reduce bags or puffiness under the eyes. 

Before pursuing eyelid surgery, you should be generally healthy overall. Dr. Paquet will review your health history and examine your eyelid area to determine your candidacy. In some cases, you will also be asked to see an ophthalmologist prior to surgery to determine that blepharoplasty is a safe option. 

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The Blepharoplasty Procedure

Blepharoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation on an outpatient basis. You may have the surgery on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, depending on your intended results. 

In an upper blepharoplasty, incisions are made along the crease of the upper eyelid. Through these incisions, excess skin is removed and, as needed, fat may be removed and the muscles are tightened. Once the desired appearance has been created, the incisions are closed using sutures. 

In lower blepharoplasty, incisions are made on the inside of the lower eyelid through a hidden incision. As with an upper blepharoplasty, excess skin and fat tissues are removed or repositioned and the area is reshaped for the desired appearance. The incisions are then closed using absorbable sutures. 


“I cannot express how thrilled I am with Dr. Paquet and his staff. My fiancé and I met with Dr. Paquet in January 2022, and we knew immediately that this doctor and his staff would be the right choice. From consultation to the procedure to follow-up care, we have never felt like a number. I couldn’t be happier with my results (and just in time for my engagement photos!).”


Recovery After a Blepharoplasty 

Following blepharoplasty, a lubricating ointment is applied to the eyes. This will likely cause your vision to be blurry in the early stages of recovery. Other side effects include swelling, redness or bruising, watering eyes, light sensitivity, and itching or discomfort. Due to light sensitivity, patients are often advised to wear sunglasses in the car when they are driven home. Dr. Paquet may prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable during the first few days of the recovery process. 

Through the first few weeks of recovery, you should avoid using contact lenses and will be given instructions to use eyedrops and ointments or otherwise care for the area. Cool compresses may be used to reduce swelling. Most patients require about one to two weeks of downtime after their blepharoplasty. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty

Can I wear eye makeup after blepharoplasty?

You will need to wait until your eyes are completely healed before you start wearing eye makeup. This can take around 2-3 weeks. This is to minimize the risk of infection or irritation.

What can you not do after blepharoplasty?

For the first couple of weeks after blepharoplasty, you will not be able to wear your contact lenses. You will also need to avoid any strenuous or vigorous activity. Heavy lifting and any exercises that involve straining can be resumed after about three weeks.

How long do I have to sleep elevated after blepharoplasty?

For the first 72 hours after blepharoplasty, you will want to keep your head and upper body elevated, this includes no bending over or lifting objects. You will need to sleep propped up on 2-3 pillows for the first three nights after surgery.

How soon can I wash my eyes after blepharoplasty?

Around 3-7 days after your procedure, you can start washing the eyes. Make sure to use mild soap and water and to pat the area very gently when drying.

Will it hurt my eyes to look at a screen after blepharoplasty?

No. It should not hurt your eyes to look at your phone, computer, or TV. If you find yourself straining when looking at the screen, it is best to pause and let your eyes rest.

Ready to take the first step?

Contact us today if you are ready to take the first step or have any questions! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paquet by contacting us online or by calling us directly at 602-726-6310.


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