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Eyelid Surgery

The appearance of skin and structures around the upper and lower eye is very special and must be evaluated carefully and critically. As the skin and tissues of the eye region age, patients may have a “tired” and “puffy” look around their upper and lower eyelids. I understand that this “aged” and “worn out” look can be very frustrating to women and men. A eyelid surgery known as a blepharoplasty can address and help correct these changes.

Goals of the surgery include:

  • Reduction in excess skin of the upper or lower eyelid
  • Removal of excess fat, decreasing the puffiness of the upper eyelid
  • Create a less “aged” or “tired” look around the eyes
  • Tighten the stretched muscles that elevate the eyelid (eyelid ptosis surgery)




Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty A very small incision is used in the natural upper eyelid crease is so that it is very well hidden and most of the time unperceivable. Small amounts of skin, fat and muscle are removed to help tighten and rejuvenate the appearance of the upper and lower eyelid region. A very fine, very small suture is left in place, and it is taken out the very next week in the office.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty To help reduce fat deposits in the lower eyelids, the lower eyelids can be approached by using a transconjunctival incision to help remove fat and excess puffiness without using an incision or scar on the outside of the lower eyelid. Here the excess fat deposits are removed or repositioned. Sometimes excess skin is removed from the outside lower eyelid. A very fine, very small suture is left in place, and it is taken out the very next week in the office.

Eyelid droop surgery/Eyelid Ptosis Sometimes, but mostly due to age and time, the upper eyelid muscles and structures begin to lose their strength and stretch. When severe enough this can cause the eyelid to drop down and affect your vision. This is known as eyelid ptosis, and it can be corrected with a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure to tighten up and elevate the very small eyelid muscles and structures.

During your consultation, Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. will examine you, discuss your specific aesthetic goals, provide recommendations and answer any and all questions you may have. On your day of surgery, you will need to have been fasting for at least 8 (eight) hours prior to your surgery. This includes avoiding any food or drink and generally nothing is allowed, not even water or medications. Depending on your aesthetic goals, upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery , lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery and eyelid droop or ptosis surgery usually takes about 1-2 hours and can sometimes be performed in the office. Other times, at an outpatient surgery center anesthesia is given so that you are either partially or fully asleep.

Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. is an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (ABPS) able to fully customize your experience and surgery to help you achieve the pinnacle in your aesthetic goals. Through his use of the highest level of specialized surgical care, superb ethical and strict standards of patient privacy, Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. has experience in delivering the pinnacle for plastic surgical care. He and his staff utilize the most up to date, state of the art surgical techniques, and your desired aesthetic improvement is simply a no-charge consultation away. Call today for your appointment.