A blepharoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. This means that your surgery is likely to start and end the same day, and will not require an overnight stay at the hospital.
Before the procedure, your surgeon will inject numbering medication into your eyelids and give you intravenous medication in order to help you relax.
The procedure may be targeted at your upper or lower eyelids, or both. If your procedure is on your upper and lower eyelids, the surgeon will tend to start working on your upper-lid first. Your surgeon will make an incision along the fold of your eyelid in order to be able to remove some excess skin, and eliminate some excess skin and fat. He or she will then close up the incision.
They will then move on to your lower lid, where they will make a cut right below your lash line in the natural creases of your eye of inside your lower lid. He or she will then eliminate or restructure excess fat, baggy skin and muscle, and then will close the cut.
Your surgeon may also perform a procedure called ptosis in cases where your eyelid droops close to your pupil. He or she will discuss this with you beforehand if they feel this may be necessary.
The entire blepharoplasty procedure will usually be completed in less than two hours, depending on the extent of your procedure and the amount and location of the tissue that was removed.