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Fix Drooping Upper Eyelids or Puffy Lower Lids With Eye Lift Surgery

Illustration of the eyelid lift process

Blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid lift surgery) can help remove and correct:

  • puffiness,
  • bags under the eyes,
  • droopy eyelids, and
  • vision impairments.

Procedure Cost


$3,760 - $4,695*


$4,645 - $5,135*


$5,975 - $6,880*

*Price listed is an estimate

Types of Eyelid Lifts

U of U Health offers upper and lower eyelid lifts. Your surgeon will decide which type of procedure is best to achieve your desired results.

Lower Eyelid Lift

This procedure can improve puffy lower eyelids, bags under the eyes, and dark circles under the eyes. You also go home the same day after your procedure.

During this hour-and-a-half long surgery, your surgeon will make a cut below your eyelashes and remove, add, or redistribute fat and skin before closing the incision.

A couple of things determine if you're a candidate for a lower eyelid lift:

Bony support - Your surgeon will determine if your cheekbones can withstand the removal of fat and excess skin without causing issues in other areas of your face.

Skin elasticity - In order to avoid damage to your eye, your surgeon will perform a snap test on your lower lid by pulling the skin millimeters away from your eye and letting go. The skin needs to snap back into place in order for you to have a successful surgery.

If your skin isn't elastic enough, you could experience scaring that exposes your eyeball to air. If your skin doesn't pass the snap test, your surgeon will discuss other options with you.

Sometimes eyelids can be tightened with a separate surgery to correct this problem ahead of a lower eyelid lift.

Upper Eyelid Lift

An upper eyelid lift is a good option for those who have excess skin that's overhanging. If you can't see your eyelid (when applying makeup for instance) or your eyelid is hanging over your lashes, you could be a good candidate for this procedure.

This hour-long surgery has fewer risks than lower eyelid lift surgery, but your surgeon will need to evaluate the position of your brow to give you the results you desire. You'll be able to go home following your procedure.

To determine if an upper or lower eyelid lift are the right decision for you, request a consultation with one of our facial plastic and reconstruction specialists.


Eyelid Lift Recovery Time

Eyelid lift recovery—for a lower lift, an upper lift, or both lifts—typically lasts between 10 and 14 days.

Twenty-Four Hours After Surgery

It’s important to plan accordingly for your first night home. Arrange to have a family member or friend who is dedicated to taking care of only you during the first 24 hours of recovery. You’ll likely feel the effects of the anesthesia and prescription pain medication after surgery, which means no driving. Some patients consider arranging for some extra help with their children, too.

First Week After Surgery

Many patients experience bruising and swelling at the surgical site. We recommend using cold packs on your eyes to help with this.

You can return to work when you’re done taking prescription pain relievers (usually within a few days). You’ll see your surgeon one week after surgery for a check-up, too.

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