Surgical Procedures

What You Need To Know Before Having Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

As we age, excess tissue typically occurs around the eyes as your eyelid skin stretches and the muscle underneath weakens. As a result, the fat surrounding the eye may also begin to bulge causing sagging upper lids and bags under the eyes. This can give the impression of being tired or overworked even when you are well-rested. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that allows for the removal of excess skin, fat or both from around the eyes. This procedure can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to achieve a more refreshed appearance.

Our patients interested in the Blepharoplasty procedure always have certain concerns about the details of the procedure so we wanted to share a few things you should know before having eyelid surgery.

Doctor Selection

Depending on your age and general health, certain preoperative tests may be necessary before having a Blepharoplasty. That’s why it is best to discuss with our expert double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason Champagne, because he will share and discuss with you certain details, depending on your lifestyle, that can increase or decrease risks of how well the outcome of the procedure is. Things like smoking and certain medications can greatly affect your end results, so it’s best to have a skillful surgeon who has the knowledge and experience to perform the Blepharoplasty. Since this procedure can be performed both safely and comfortably in either an in-office or operating room setting, Dr. Champagne will discuss both options with you during your consultation.


Recovery for upper Blepharoplasty usually lasts approximately one week. An ointment is applied to the upper eyelids during the first few days following the operation. Fine sutures placed during surgery are removed after 4 to 5 days. Swelling and bruising can be expected during the first week or so, but this usually subsides quickly, especially when ice packs are used.


As with upper Blepharoplasty, recovery for lower blepharoplasty usually lasts one to two weeks. For removal of bulging tissue, an incision is made behind the eyelid (transconjunctival), no sutures are placed, and therefore, none need be removed. In the instance where excess skin needs to be removed, there is an external incision, and fine sutures placed during surgery are removed after 4 to 5 days. Swelling and bruising, which is reduced with the use of ice packs, can be expected during the first one to two weeks. 

But more importantly, you must know that you’ll have to take time from work to have this procedure performed. Within these time frames, you don’t want to rush the healing process and do anything that may compromise the outcome of your results. This includes wearing makeup and contact lenses. And although recovery may only take approximately two weeks, it may take up to a full year to see the final outcome of your procedure. The skin in our faces, especially around our eyes, is delicate and you want to give it the proper amount of time to fully recover. Since everyone is different, our patients have seen their results at many different time intervals, so please be aware that final results may take time, but take it from us, a more youthful appearance is well worth the wait. 

If you’re interested in learning more about our Blepharoplasty procedure, please contact our office to schedule a personalized, confidential consultation with our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason Champagne. During your consultation, Dr. Champagne will address your goals and answer any questions you may have regarding Blepharoplasty or any other procedure we offer.

Jason Champagne,M.D.

9400 Brighton Way, Penthouse Suite
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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