What is an Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, gives you the option to subtly improve the appearance of your eyelids. Dr. Ridgway can performed surgery on either your 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 your upper eyelid, sometimes to the point of impairing your vision
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in your eyelids
  • Persistent bags under your eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal the white of your eye below your iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles around your lower eyelid

In general, good candidates for eyelid surgery include:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for eyelid surgery
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions

Your eyelids are a subtle but important part of your face. Surgical options to correct the appearance of a drooping upper lid may address the relaxation of the forehead skin and eyebrow. Sometimes a drooping eyelid is caused by stretching of one of the upper eyelid muscles, the levator. Dr. Ridgway will evaluate your anatomy thoroughly to determine the causes of your eyelid appearance, and what procedures might best remedy them.

We’ll create a plan together that will help you portray the look and feel you want to project.
— Dr. Emily Ridgway



2-3 hours (depending on extent of procedure)


Often performed under local anesthesia; General anesthesia for extensive eyelid surgery


Often performed in the office, outpatient


1 week back at work
1-2 weeks light exercise
2-3 weeks more strenuous activity
4-8 weeks for swelling to completely resolve


5–10 Years