Eyelid Lift Specialist

Kaiulani Morimoto, MD

Plastic Surgeons located in Spokane Valley, WA

Eyelid Lift Q & A

What is upper blepharoplasty?

Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is an operative procedure that rejuvenates the eyes. It is achieved through removal of excess skin, muscle, and/or fat from the upper eyelids. This procedure may also enhance vision in those who have excess skin of the upper eyelids sagging down to partially obstruct their peripheral vision.

What type of anesthesia do I need for upper blepharoplasty?

Dr. Morimoto uses a variety of anesthesia techniques depending on patients’ needs and the specific type of surgery used. In most cases, it is performed using local anesthesia when in-office or light intravenous sedation in-hospital. Whether in-office or in-hospital you will go home after the procedure.

Will I have bruising after upper blepharoplasty?

There will be some bruising in most cases. This can last several weeks. Most patients are presentable and return to work within one to two weeks.

When are the stitches removed?

Most stitches are removed 3-4 days after surgery.

Are there scars after upper blepharoplasty?

After any surgery involving an incision, there will be a scar. However, the scars are generally very difficult to see and appear invisible to the casual observer once they have fully healed. This is because the incision lines are placed in the normal creases (folds) of the upper eyelids.

Will my eyes change shape after upper blepharoplasty?

The most common change is that the eye appears more open, youthful, and less tired after upper eyelid surgery.

Will an upper blepharoplasty help the appearance of my drooping eyebrows?

No, upper eyelid surgery does not improve drooping eyebrows. In order to return your eyebrows to their original, more youthful position, a brow lift is generally recommended.

What are the risks of upper blepharoplasty?

Before surgery, you will have an in depth discussion with Dr. Morimoto about the risks and benefits of the procedure. Fortunately, most eyelid surgery complications are infrequent and minor when performed by a competent facial plastic surgeon. All patients should expect some bruising and swelling after surgery, as well as possible blurry vision from the use of eye ointments immediately after surgery.

How much time do I need to take off work?

While recovery time varies with each individual, Dr. Morimoto generally recommends at least 1 week of recovery. There may still be minor bruising and swelling after this time, though this can usually be disguised with make-up.

Upper Blepharoplasty & Brow Lift Before and After