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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat deposits around the eyes. As you age, your eyelids can begin sagging, leading to a tired appearance, despite feeling lively inside. While this procedure is predominantly done as a cosmetic procedure, and upper blepharoplasty can sometimes be covered by your insurance when it begins to hinder vision. A blepharoplasty is a way to restore a youthful and alert look, matching your inner and outer selves.

Eyelid surgery targets loose skin in both the upper and lower eyelids, delivering a tighter, younger look. Dr. Cole will take the time to sit down with you during a one-on-one consultation, working with you to develop a personalized plan. Your concerns and goals will play a central role in forming every step of the process.

A Blepharoplasty Can Help:

  • Create a more youthful appearance around the eyes
  • Improve lines and wrinkles in the upper and lower eye areas
  • remove loose skin around the eyelids that sags over the eyes and causes ‘hooding’
  • Improve issues with your vision, including peripheral vision
  • Reverse the appearance of fatigue or aging caused by drooping eyelids

Combining Procedures with a Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery, or a blepharoplasty, already works by tightening muscle and loose skin around the eye area. While it does address most of the wrinkles around the eyes, our patients may see a more enhanced result when it is done in conjunction with laser resurfacing. In this procedure, Dr. Cole expertly ablates a fine layer of skin to help further reverse signs of aging in fine lines and additional uneven textures.

A tired or aged appearance can sometimes not only be caused by drooping in the eyelids, but also in the eyebrows themselves. Patients can often revitalize their appearance even further by combining a blepharoplasty with a brow lift. An added benefit of a brow lift includes softening lines in the forehead and between the eyebrows.

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What is a Lower Blepharoplasty?

Lower eyelid surgery repairs droopy eye bags. These are one of the most noticeable signs of aging. And they make you look constantly tired. Lower eyelid surgery targets these bags by removing:

  • Excess skin
  • Muscle
  • Fat

The effects of natural aging will make your eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. Because of this, excess fat gathers below your eyelids, causing bags under your eyes. Once you remove these bags, your entire appearance brightens, leading to a livelier expression.

What is an Upper Blepharoplasty?

Upper eyelid surgery can treat droopy eyelids. This condition occurs when excess skin in the eye area droops down toward the eye. In some cases, it can even begin to cover the eye itself. This not only can affect your vision but makes you look much older. It can be caused by many things, including age and genetics. The procedure is often referred to as an eye lift and can help you look younger and more refreshed.

Upper eyelid surgery tightens up these loose lids. Through targeted incisions, Dr. Cole restores a youthful and bright look to your eyes.

How is a Blepharoplasty Performed?

An upper blepharoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia, although it may also be performed under moderate anesthesia, depending on the patient. Once the patient has been numbed or sedated, Dr. Cole makes an incision along the existing crease of the upper eyelid, to provide access to the underlying muscles and fat tissues. Incisions are hidden within the natural folds of the skin, and Dr. Cole takes great care to ensure incisions are artfully hidden to not distract from his patients’ youthful results. This procedure is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts around an hour unless it is combined with another procedure.


A lower blepharoplasty is typically performed under moderate, IV sedation. Once the patient has been sedated, Dr. Cole begins making incision on the inside of the lower eyelid to provide access to the underlying muscles and fat tissues. Incisions are hidden inside the lower eyelid and then cauterized, meaning that there are no sutures to be removed later. This procedure is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts around one hour.  Laser resurfacing of the lower eyelid is frequently combined with the lower blepharoplasty to tighten up loose skin and minimize any fine lines and/or wrinkles.

What is the Downtime for Eyelid Surgery?

Recovery following a blepharoplasty will vary depending on the patient. Giving yourself time to rest and heal is vital to have optimal results. Patients typically resume full activities after two weeks once we remove the sutures and can begin wearing contacts or applying makeup as well. Patients may notice that the incision scar will take up to a full year to mature.

Common side effects following blepharoplasty include:

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Swelling, mild pain (manageable with medication and compresses)
  • Watering eyes
    Dry eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision

Some of the most essential recovery instructions include:

  • Take great care not to rub your eyes while they heal
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses for about two weeks
  • Wear sunglasses in the days following surgery (protects from exposure)
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Every patient is given a full packet on post care information on how to maximize their recovery. Guidelines will help optimal results from their blepharoplasty procedure. Improvements are immediately noticeable. Although final results are not evident until after a few months have passed and all traces of swelling have diminished. Scars from the procedure will take 12 to 18 months to fully mature. Results are long-lasting, and patients can enjoy their younger, rejuvenated appearance for years to come.

Eyelid Surgery Seattle

At Cole Aesthetic Center, we make providing our patients with exceptional care our priority. From your initial consultation to aftercare services, we want you to experience the best in patient-focused care. Dr. Cole is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience performing advanced facial enhancement and rejuvenation procedures. He will work with you to truly understand your concerns and help you bring your aesthetic goals to life. At Cole Aesthetic Center, you are never just another patient.

Take back your appearance today! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Cole to get started on a new you. We operate within state-of-the-art and fully accredited facilities in Silverdale and Sequim. Our guarantee is we will provide you with advanced aesthetic procedures backed by a welcoming and qualified medical staff. Call us today to learn more about blepharoplasty or any plastic surgery in Seattle offered at Cole Aesthetic Center. We are available at 360-228-3235 and ready to answer any questions you might have.

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