Blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic plastic surgery to remove excess skin, fat or muscle from droopy upper and lower eyelids. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2010 just under 210,000 people in the United States underwent cosmetic eye surgery. Blepharoplasty has become the most sought-after facial plastic surgery procedure, surpassing facelift, rhinoplasty, facial implants, and forehead lift.

Blepharoplasty improves baggy skin under the eyes, sinking upper eyelids or drooping eyelashes that impair vision. The surgery can also treat a medical condition called ptosis (drooping eyelid), which is caused by poor muscle tone or nerve damage. Blepharoplasty is often performed with another cosmetic surgery such as a brow lift to improve droopy eyebrows. There is relatively little downtime with blepharoplasty as you may resume strenuous activities after a couple weeks. In the majority of patients, cosmetic eyelid surgery is performed only once.

But why do eyelids become baggy? As we age, excess skin forms in the eye area, and the skin loses elasticity. Fatty tissue can accumulate under the skin. Your eyes will “look older” because these aging processes leave the eyes appearing tired, wrinkled or puffy. Even with good skincare and eye care, wrinkles, puffiness and drooping eyelids will catch up to you. Genetic factors and body chemistry can cause these aging effects in younger people. Plastic surgery may restore a youthful and refreshed appearance to your eyes.