Eyelid Surgery


eyelid-surgery-symptoms Loose eyelid skin and puffiness are signs that one may benefit from eyelid surgery.eyelid-surgery results After eyelid surgery, the patient looks more awake and alert.

The eyes tell a lot about a person, but eyelids that look droopy or exhibit pockets of fat may tell a story you do not desire. For patients who struggle with aged looking eyes, Tucson board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro performs eyelid surgery.

This advanced cosmetic procedure works to remove loose skin and fat around the eyes. By doing so, you can achieve eyes that look younger and make you appear better rested.

What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery

What is it?

Surgery to address eye bags, loose eyelid skin and tired appearance.



Surgery time:

1-3 hours

Recovery time:

1-2 weeks

How Eyelid Surgery Works

Before Dr. Alfaro begins your eyelid surgery in Tucson, his anesthesiologist will administer your anesthetic. Whether it is a general anesthetic or a local with sedation, you should sleep through the procedure.

For upper and lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Alfaro will make small incisions hidden in the crease of your upper eyelid, as well as below the lashes on your lower eyelid. Here, he will separate the fat and tissues, removing the excess that contributes to the bagging or sagging look. He will then close the incisions with very fine sutures and a surgical dressing will be applied.

For the first couple of days following your eyelid surgery, your eyes may feel tight and you may experience some swelling or numbness. Dr. Alfaro may prescribe medication to help you manage any discomfort. You will need to keep your head elevated during this initial recovery period and may apply ice packs to help control swelling or bruising.

Due to the sensitivity of your eyes, contact use may not be possible for about two weeks. Approximately three weeks after your surgery, you can resume many normal activities, like light exercise.

As long as you maintain the health of your skin, like wearing protective SPF when out in the sun, the effects of your eyelid surgery should be long lasting.

Eyelid Surgery FAQ

What can eyelid surgery treat?

Upper eyelid surgery removes fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids. Eyelid lift surgery can treat loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision.

Lower eyelid surgery removes loose skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid. Bags under the eyes can also be corrected, as can droopiness of the lower eyelids.

Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Good candidates are adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue, and realistic goals for surgery. Candidates should also not have a life-threatening illness or medical condition that impairs healing. They should be non-smokers who don't have serious eye conditions.

The doctor needs to know if you have eye disease such as glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina, thyroid disorders such as Graves' disease and under or overactive thyroid, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes.

What can I expect after eyelid surgery?

After your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze.

What are the risks of eyelid surgery?

Some risks of eyelid surgery include: scarring, temporarily blurred or impaired vision, dry eyes, difficulty closing your eyes, pulling down of the lower eyelid, ectropion, hematoma, poor healing, infection, fluid accumulation, blood clots, numbness, anesthesia risks, eyelid ptosis, ectropion, pain, skin discoloration, swelling, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, need for revision surgery, and loss of eyesight.

Scheduling Your Eyelid Surgery in Tucson

To find out more about eyelid surgery in Tucson, we encourage you to contact Tucson board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro. His staff is eager to take your call at (520) 323-9720 to help answer any questions and set up your consultation.