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Eyelid Surgery at Traverse City Eye Highly Qualified and Experienced Eyelid Surgeons That Care

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, can fix puffy eyelids from excess eyelid skin, droopy eyelids or orbital fat. Insurance companies may help cover your payments if your eyelid droop affects your upper field of vision. Eyelid surgery can also be performed for excessive tearing and irritated eyes. TC Eye is proud to be one of the few ophthalmology practices that offer this procedure by highly qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons.

What is Involved – Pre-Eyelid Surgery

A thorough pre-operative medical exam and review of surgical histories, with the physical examination of the patient’s periorbital area (eyebrow-to-cheek-to-nose), our surgeon will determine if you can safely undergo an eyelid procedure to feasibly resolve (correct or modify, or both) the facial issues presented by you, the patient.

For the upper eyelid, a blepharoplasty or ptosis procedure can correct the loss of peripheral vision caused by the slackness of the upper-eyelid skin draping over the eyelashes or eyelids that droop. The outer and the upper portions of the field of vision of the patient are affected and cause you difficulty in performing activities such as driving a vehicle or even looking at a text message on your mobile phone. Lower eyelid tightening procedures can be performed to relieve eye pain caused by lashes rubbing on the eye or tears associated with lower eyelids that are too loose.

The Eyelid Surgery – Step-By-Step

Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed. Again, the excess fat can be repositioned or removed.

A transconjunctival incision, created on the inside of the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat. With this technique, no skin is removed.


Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

The Incision

The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed so the resultant scars will be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region. The upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease on the eyelid. This allows for removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and removal of excess skin. So the term “eyelid lift” is a misnomer because the eyelid is not truly lifted during surgery.

Closing the Incisions

Eyelid incisions typically are closed with sutures or skin glue. Sutures are removed within one week.

Your TC Eye surgeon may also suggest use of a laser or chemical peel to reduce discoloration of the lower eyelids.

The Results

The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance. Get more information about eyelid surgery results. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique permits the excision (cutting and removal) of the lower-eyelid adipose tissue without leaving a visible scar, but the transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique does not allow the removal of excess eyelid skin.

Request an appointment with the board-certified ophthalmologists at Traverse City Eye for eyelid/eye lift surgery. We know how personal this procedure is for you. Our skilled and caring doctors will help you look and feel better!