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Blepharoplasty Fast Facts

Dr. Julio Clavijo-AlvarezEyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure done at our Pittsburgh, PA, practice for the presence of excessive skin and fat of the eyelids. Unfortunately, this is a common problem with aging.

  • Blepharoplasty is performed under general anesthesia or sedation and local anesthesia.
  • It is usually completed in 1.5 to 3 hours

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Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure that addresses drooping upper eyelids, excess skin, undereye bags, and a generally tired appearance. It can help patients look rested and alert. Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez tailors the procedure to the patient's goals for maximum satisfaction.

*Results can vary for each individual

*Results can vary for each individual

*Results can vary for each individual

What is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is the removal of excess fat and skin in both the upper and lower eyelids.

How and where is the surgery done?

The procedure is done in an accredited AAAASF and state-certified facility. It is done under sedation or general anesthesia. The duration of the procedure is about one to three and a half hours. It is done as an outpatient procedure.

Can I plan on doing the surgery before any events or special occasions?

No. Though eyelid surgery is a well-tolerated procedure, you will have bruising and swelling that will stick around for 1 or 2 weeks. Plan ahead when considering the date of your surgery.

Do I need to have my stitches removed?

The answer is yes and no. When performing blepharoplasty, we will use absorbable stitches. Despite the use of ointments and massage, we will need to remove some of the remaining stitches that do not fall out on their own.

How is the post-op recovery?

Following your eyelid surgery, you should plan for the following:

  • No driving while taking narcotic medication
  • No drains
  • Swelling for 1-2 weeks
  • Bruising for 1-2 weeks
  • Exercise: resume activities at 2-3 weeks, and back to normal at 6 weeks
  • Follow-up appointments after: one week, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year

What complications could occur?

When performing blepharoplasty, some of the possible complications related to the procedure are:

  • Infection (<1%)
  • Bleeding (<1%)
  • Asymmetry
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