Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)


Blepharoplasty — more commonly called eyelid surgery or “lid lift” — is designed to correct the appearance of droopy upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Typically due to aging, excess skin and fatty tissue can cause the eyes to droop, making people look perpetually tired or sad, or older than they actually are.

Meet Dr. J. Wayne Riggins (Blepharoplasty Surgeon)

At our eye centers in Fayetteville, North Carolina, our ophthalmologists perform eyelid surgery, providing patients with a solution to the problem of aging, droopy eyelids. Performed on an outpatient basis, the procedure entails making small incisions in the natural folds of the upper eyelids or just below the lashes on the lower lids. Careful placement of the incisions minimizes the appearance of scars. Excess skin, fatty tissue, and muscle may be removed to produce the desired aesthetic result. Tiny sutures are used to close the incision and are removed about one week later.

Eyelid surgery generally requires the use of local anesthesia. Patients may request to be mildly sedated if anxiety is a concern. Recovery time is about a week, although there may be some bruising of the eyes for up to a month after the procedure. Within a few weeks, the appearance of your eyes will begin to improve; however, final results will not be apparent until several months following surgery.

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Eyelid Ptosis Repair (Correction of Droopy Eyelids)

Eyelid ptosis is characterized by excessive drooping of one or both of the eyelids such that more of the eye is covered than is normal. Often, the drooping extends to the pupil, thereby interfering with vision.

Children can be born with this condition, or it may be acquired later in life. When the condition is congenital, it is usually caused by the abnormal development of muscle tissue, which may cause one of the eyes to become “lazy.” Acquired eyelid ptosis, on the other hand, occurs as the aging tissues of the eyelid loosen over time.

Both congenital and acquired eyelid ptosis can be corrected with eyelid surgery, which is used to restore vision and improve the appearance of the area around the eyes. By making a small incision in the affected eyelid, our surgeons can tighten the appropriate muscle, elevating the upper lid to a normal position that doesn’t interfere with the patient’s vision and often results in a more youthful appearance. The procedure generally requires local anesthesia in adults and general anesthesia in children.

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Risk of Blepharoplasty surgery

Every surgery involves a certain amount of risk, and it is important that you understand the risks involved. An individual’s choice to undergo a surgical procedure is based on the comparison of the risk to potential benefit. You should discuss each with your surgeon to make sure you understand the risks, potential complications, and consequences of blepharoplasty surgery.