If you feel like your drooping or puffy eyelids are making you look older, you aren’t alone. Eyelid lift or blepharoplasty was one of the top five plastic surgeries performed in 2015. Because the eyes are a what many people notice first, this procedure can make a person feel more confident by taking years off of their appearance.

This article by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons describes what eye issues can be fixed with this surgery:

What is eyelid surgery? | American Society of Plastic SurgeonsEyelid Lift or Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.

Surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower lids, or both.

Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.

Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:

Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
Bags under the eyes
Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Read the full article here:  What is eyelid surgery? | American Society of Plastic Surgeons

The eye lift has become popular among both women and men. It is done with local anesthesia and the recovery time is approximately one week. Although fat transfers and fillers may help restore volume to the lower eyelids, the upper and lower blepharoplasty is one of the only ways to address excess skin.

As with all surgical procedures, there are always risks.  Even so, over 200,000 people chose to go ahead with a blepharoplasty in 2015. This article describes the potential problems that can arise when having a eyelid lift:

Blepharoplasty Risks – Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Possible risks of eyelid surgery include:

Infection and bleeding
Dry, irritated eyes
Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems



Noticeable scarring
Injury to eye muscles
Skin discoloration
The need for a follow-up surgery
Temporarily blurred vision or, rarely, loss of eyesight
Risks associated with surgery in general, including reaction to anesthesia, blood clots, and cardiac and pulmonary complications
Talk to your doctor about how surgical risks apply to you. Understanding what’s involved in blepharoplasty and weighing the benefits and risks can help you decide if this procedure is a good option.

Read more here:  Blepharoplasty Risks – Mayo Clinic

Even with the benefits and risks of an eyelid lift, the number of people choosing to undergo the surgery is dropping slightly. This could be due to other types of noninvasive options that are available, such as fat transfer body sculpting. Keep in mind that having this type of surgery can temporarily affect your vision, but for some it even improves their field of sight.