Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to correct sagging eyelids, often caused by aging or hereditary factors. This procedure rejuvenates the eyes without altering the fundamental facial features.

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The principle

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to correct eyelid imperfections, whether due to age, genetics or other factors. This eyelid surgery has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries due to its effectiveness in rejuvenating the eyes without altering the fundamental characteristics of the eye.

Over time, skin naturally loses its elasticity and firmness. This evolution is particularly noticeable on the eyelids, where the skin is thinner and more delicate. Sagging eyelids, bags under the eyes or excess skin can give a tired, even sad appearance, altering the perception of the whole face.


Aesthetic eyelid surgery not only treats these imperfections, but also restores the eyes’ liveliness and youthfulness. It’s essential to understand that this intervention does not aim to transform the look, but rather to restore it, while preserving the authenticity and uniqueness of each patient. The surgical approach must be meticulous and tailored to each individual. The success of this procedure depends on the surgeon’s precise analysis of the patient’s needs, impeccable surgical technique and rigorous post-operative management.

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Why opt for blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to correct eyelid imperfections. There are several reasons for this decision:

Signs of aging and sagging eyelids

With age, the skin loses its elasticity, leading to sagging. Eyelids, with their delicate, thin skin, are particularly sensitive to this phenomenon. Sagging eyelids can make you look tired or sad, even when you’re not.

External factors contributing to droopy eyelids

  • Smoking: smoking reduces blood circulation to the skin’s surface, which can accelerate skin aging and contribute to eyelid sagging.
  • Alcohol: excessive alcohol consumption can dehydrate the skin, making it more vulnerable to the signs of aging.
  • Lack of sleep: not getting enough rest can cause eyelids to swell and sag further.

Genetics and the drooping appearance of the brow bone

In some families, drooping eyelids, bags under the eyes or a drooping appearance of the brow bone may be a hereditary characteristic. In these cases, individuals may observe early signs of eyelid drooping, regardless of age.


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Types of blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, by the surgeon depending on the patient’s needs :

Upper Blepharoplasty

This plastic surgery procedure is designed to treat excess skin and fatty bags of the upper eyelid. It restores a rejuvenated, rested look to the eyes. The incision is usually made in the natural crease of the eyelid, making it discreet.

Lower Blepharoplasty

This eyelid surgery is designed to treat fatty bags and excess skin on the lower eyelid. This procedure can also correct fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes. The incision can be made just below the eyelashes or inside the eyelid, depending on the technique chosen.

Combined upper and lower blepharoplasty

This classic cosmetic surgery procedure combines upper and lower blepharoplasty techniques in a single operation. It simultaneously addresses the problems of the upper and lower eyelids, offering an overall rejuvenation of the eyes. This approach is particularly beneficial for patients with signs of aging on both upper and lower eyelids. The advantage of this combined method is that it enables complete harmonization of the look with just one recovery period.

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Complementary aesthetic treatments

In addition to blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), several complementary non-invasive aesthetic treatments can be offered to enhance and rejuvenate the eyes:

Hyaluronic acid injections

Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally present in the skin. Injected as a gel, it fills in fine lines and wrinkles, restores volume and deeply moisturizes the skin. Around the eyes, it can be used to reduce dark circles and restore volume to this area.


This technique involves taking fat from one part of the patient’s body (such as the abdomen or thighs) and reinjecting it into another area, such as the eyelids. Lipofilling restores eyelid volume naturally, using the patient’s own adipose tissue.

Botox injections

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is used to relax the muscles responsible for the formation of expression lines. Injected around the eyes, it reduces crow’s feet wrinkles and gives a rested look to the eyes.

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Blepharoplasty procedure

Blepharoplasty is a meticulous surgical procedure that requires rigorous preparation, a precise surgical technique and careful post-operative follow-up. Procedures for the upper and lower eyelids have distinct nuances that are essential to understand.

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Preparation and consultation with the surgeon

During this consultation, the surgeon assesses the patient’s needs and expectations. It’s crucial to discuss the differences between upper blepharoplasty, which focuses primarily on removing excess skin and correcting fatty bags above the eye, and lower blepharoplasty, which targets under-eye bags and excess skin under the eye.

Possible ophthalmological examination

This examination may be requested to ensure that the patient is a good candidate for the procedure and that there are no medical contraindications to eyelid surgery.

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Description of the procedure:

Upper Blepharoplasty

An incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid, enabling the surgeon to remove excess skin and fat. This procedure, designed to rejuvenate the upper eyelid while minimizing visible scarring, is generally performed under local anesthetic.

Lower Blepharoplasty

The incision can be made just below the eyelash line or inside the eyelid (transconjunctival technique). This method, designed to remove or reposition fatty pockets and, if necessary, eliminate excess skin, is most often performed under general anesthesia to ensure optimum patient comfort.

Approximate duration of operation

The duration of the procedure may vary according to its complexity and the technique chosen. However, a blepharoplasty generally takes between 1 and 2 hours.

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Post-operative follow-up

Swelling and bruising are common after surgery, and usually disappear within one to two weeks. Eyelids may also be dry or irritated.


We recommend keeping your head elevated for the first few days, and applying cold compresses to reduce swelling. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week.

Recovery time

Most patients can resume their normal activities after one week, although strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks.

Possible appearance of hematomas

Although rare, hematomas can occur. It is essential to follow postoperative recommendations to minimize this risk.

Recommendations for the days following surgery

Avoid sun exposure and wear sunglasses to protect the eyelids. Avoid rubbing or touching eyes.

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Post-operative scars

One of the major concerns of patients prior to surgery is the visibility of scars. When it comes to blepharoplasty, the surgeon takes every precaution to minimize the appearance of scars.

Incisions for upper blepharoplasty are generally made in the natural crease of the eyelid. Once healed, these incisions are virtually invisible to the naked eye, as they blend into the eyelid crease.

For lower blepharoplasty, the incision can be made just below the lash line or inside the eyelid (transconjunctival technique). In both cases, the scar is discreet and hardly noticeable. The key to discreet scarring lies in the surgical technique used, post-operative care and the patient’s individual healing capacity.

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Results and expectations

Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate and revitalize the eyes, while respecting the harmony and authenticity of the face. After surgery, patients can expect:

A rejuvenated look

The removal of excess skin and fatty bags eliminates the tired, weighed-down appearance of the eyes. The eyelids regain their tone, giving the eyes a younger, more alert appearance.

Discreet scars

Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, incisions are carefully placed in the natural folds of the eyelids, making scars almost invisible once healing is complete.

Preserving natural charm

The aim of blepharoplasty is not to transform the eyes, but to enhance them. The surgeon takes care to preserve the unique characteristics of each patient, ensuring that the final result reflects the individual’s personality and natural charm.

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How long is the recovery period after blepharoplasty?

Most patients can resume their normal activities after one week, although precautions should be taken for at least two weeks to avoid strenuous activity.

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When will the results of blepharoplasty be visible?

Although results start to be visible as soon as swelling and bruising diminish, the final result may take several months to become fully apparent.

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Are there any risks associated with blepharoplasty?

Like all surgical procedures, blepharoplasty can involve risks, although these are rare. It is essential to discuss possible risks and complications with your surgeon.

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Can blepharoplasty be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, blepharoplasty can often be combined with other procedures, such as a facelift or rhinoplasty, to achieve overall facial rejuvenation.

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Is blepharoplasty permanent?

Although blepharoplasty offers long-lasting results, it does not stop the natural aging process. However, the benefits of the procedure can last for many years.

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How much does blepharoplasty cost?

The cost of blepharoplasty varies according to several factors, such as the complexity of the procedure, geographic region, surgeon’s fees and clinic charges. It is advisable to consult directly with the clinic or surgeon to obtain a precise estimate.

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Is blepharoplasty painful?

Blepharoplasty is generally well tolerated. Mild to moderate pain may be experienced after the procedure, but is generally well controlled with prescribed analgesics.

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Are there non-surgical alternatives to blepharoplasty?

Yes, there are non-surgical treatments that can help improve the appearance of the eyelids, such as fillers, Botox and laser treatments. However, these treatments may not offer the same lasting results as blepharoplasty.

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