Eyelid Surgery in Scottsdale

Aging and genetics can leave loose skin, wrinkles, and fat deposits around the eyes, making them look puffy or tired. Eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) is a procedure that rejuvenates the eyes by adjusting the eyelids and surrounding tissues. By removing excess skin and fat and tightening the remaining tissues around the eyes, eyelid surgery helps individuals regain a refreshed appearance.

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What Are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?


A Brighter, Rested Appearance

Drooping eyelids can make you appear tired or mad. Eyelid surgery works to eliminate eyelid drooping to allow for a brighter, rested appearance. With eyelid surgery, you can show your true emotions on your face without your eyelids getting in the way.

Improved Vision

Extreme eyelid drooping can cause vision impairment. Eyelid surgery removes the excess tissue from the eyelids to allow for a clearer range of vision. If you notice your eyelids are blocking your vision, you may be a candidate for upper eyelid surgery.

What Can Be Corrected With Eyelid Surgery?


Excess Eyelid Skin

Laxity of the skin can cause excess tissue to accumulate over the eyes. This can obscure your vision and create a chronically fatigued appearance. Excess skin accumulation over the eyes can limit the eyelid surface, which may be problematic for women who wear makeup. Eyelid surgery gently removes this excess skin for a more rested look.

Drooping Eyelid Muscles

Drooping facial muscles are common with age, and they can be particularly bothersome around the eyes. By lifting and repositioning the muscles around the eyes, we can achieve a brighter eye appearance while maintaining the eye’s natural look and shape.

Under-Eye Bags and Puffiness

Uneven fat distribution under the eyes can cause bags and puffiness. The lower eyelid technique specifically targets these areas. Repositioning fat in the lower eyelids can reduce this puffy appearance and eliminate bags under the eyes to restore a more youthful look.

How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Upper Eyelid Surgery

An inconspicuous incision is made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Muscles are tightened, fat is redistributed or removed, and excess skin is carefully trimmed away.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

A small incision is created just below the lower lashes through which Dr. Spies can excise loose skin and remove or reposition fat. A transconjunctival incision, placed inside the lower eyelid, may be used to avoid visible scarring if skin removal isn’t needed.

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What Is Recovery From Eyelid Surgery Like?

Following the completion of eyelid surgery, patients may experience bruising and irritation in the eye area. A lubricating ointment can be applied to minimize side effects and aid in the healing process. Patients can usually return to work about one week following surgery, but strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for three to four weeks.

Will I Have Visible Scars After Eyelid Surgery?

Incisions are placed in natural creases or within the eyelids, so most patients do not develop visible scarring. However, your body’s natural healing process may affect scar visibility. Any scars that may develop are likely to fade over time.

Is Eyelid Surgery Painful?

Since eyelid surgery is performed using anesthesia, you should not feel any pain throughout your procedure. However, there may be some minor discomfort following your surgery that can be controlled using pain medications.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Scottsdale, Arizona?

Eyelid surgery cost varies among surgeons and depends on the extent of the procedure. Typically, eyelid surgery cost depends on surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, techniques used, and the procedure’s location.

A consultation with Dr. Spies can help you determine a more specific financial estimate based on your needs and goals for the procedure.

FAQs About Eyelid Surgery


Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their upper or lower eyelids. Good blepharoplasty candidates:

  • Are in generally good health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations of their results

How can I prepare for eyelid surgery?

To prepare for eyelid surgery, you should stop smoking and taking any anti-inflammatory medications. It is important to follow any preoperative instructions provided by Dr. Spies. You should also plan to take time off from work and other responsibilities.

Can eyelid surgery be combined with any other procedure?

Many patients undergoing eyelid surgery wish to correct other areas of their face to provide them with their ideal appearance. Facelift surgery and brow lift surgery are common procedures performed at the same time as eyelid surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Spies, he will determine if you are a candidate for combining facial procedures.

How long does blepharoplasty take to perform in Scottsdale?

The length of eyelid surgery varies between patients depending on the amount of correction needed, techniques used, and whether you are combining your surgery with other facial surgery procedures. Generally, eyelid surgery takes one to two hours.

What results can I expect after eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can provide a long-lasting improvement in your eye appearance. However, surgery cannot halt the natural aging process, and you may see slow changes to your results over time.

Is eyelid surgery safe?

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Spies, eyelid surgery is a generally safe procedure. However, risks are present with any plastic surgery procedure. These risks include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Dry, irritated eyes

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Please schedule a consultation to speak with Dr. Spies if you are concerned regarding the risks of eyelid surgery.

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Dr. Spies' office is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona just adjacent to the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center


Robert J. Spies, M.D.
5410 N Scottsdale Rd C 100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Tel: 480-359-1019