Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Guide

BY: Groupon Editors |Apr 24, 2018

Do you find yourself scoffing at the suggestion that a mere eye cream or cold spoon could take on your undereye bags and emerge victorious? If this sounds familiar, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty, an eyelid surgery that gets rid of undereye bags, excess skin around the eyes, and droopy eyelids.

We understand that surgery is a very big decision, so to help you weigh your options, we're going to take a closer look at blepharoplasty.

What is blepharoplasty? | What conditions does it treat? | Who's eligible for eyelid surgery?  | Surgery Process | Recovery and Aftercare | How long until you see results? | Cost | What is it like to use one of our deals? 

What is blepharoplasty surgery?

Basically, blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids, including the undereye area. It's often used to fix issues that come with aging, including weakened muscles and built-up fatty deposits, so the end result is a more youthful appearance.

What does blepharoplasty treat?

  • Undereye bags
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Puffy eyelids caused by fat deposits
  • Excess skin around the eyes
  • Fine lines around the lower eyelid
  • Loose or sagging skin in the upper eyelid (this is not the same as ptosis, a condition that occurs when the upper eyelid droops over the eyeball. Another surgery can correct that.)

What about dark circles?

Unfortunately, it's not designed to fix undereye circles, so if that's your main concern, you would probably be better off talking to a doctor about fillers. However, some dark circles are the result of excess fat pockets, which blepharoplasty can remove, making the undereye area look lighter.


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Who is eligible for eyelid surgery?

Almost any healthy adult with the aforementioned eyelid concerns can have the surgery, but a consultation will determine for sure if blepharoplasty is right for you.

What happens during surgery?

The surgeon will administer either local or general anesthesia, then make their incisions, which should be positioned in such a way that any resulting scars are hidden.

Upper Eyelid

To fix upper-lid problems, an incision is made to the natural eyelid crease. Excess skin can then be removed, muscles can be tightened, and fat deposits can be repositioned or removed.

Lower Eyelid

To fix lower-lid problems, an incision is made just under the lower lash line. Excess skin can then be removed, muscles can be tightened, and fat deposits can be repositioned or removed.

Alternately, an incision can be made on the inside of the lower lid, and muscles and fat deposits can then be dealt with. No skin is removed with this method. 

What's the recovery like?


Your eye area may become swollen and bruised while you heal, but there is generally little pain associated with this surgery.


Typically, sutures close the incisions and are removed a week later. Cold compresses, ointment, and medication can help alleviate any discomfort and promote healing. Dark tinted sunglasses should be worn anytime you go outside during the healing process.

How long before you see results?

You may want to take a vacation or telecommute to work for a bit because most people take about 10–14 days to heal enough to go out in public. It generally takes a few months altogether for your eye area to be completely healed.

How much does blepharoplasty cost?

According to the 2016 statistics on the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost is $3,022. Using one of our eyelid-surgery deals can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

What is it like to buy one of our deals?

We know that getting a discount on something as serious as surgery is a little nerve-wracking, but hopefully this can help ease your mind:

We work with experienced cosmetic surgeons. For instance, we work with Dr. Soheil Saul Lahijani, an experienced Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and former chief resident at Yale University-Saint Mary's Hospital. (Click here to see his blepharoplasty deal. He also offers Skype consults for people too far away to come in for a consultation).

Consultations are required, and refunds are given if you're not a candidate for surgery. We also honor other refund requests.

We have reviews on our site to help you determine if the doctor is right for you. It's important to do your research before any surgery. In addition to looking at reviews, make sure you ask the right questions during your consultation.



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