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Eyelid Surgery

Having heavy or droopy eyelids, or even excess eyelid skin, can both give the appearance of aging and also may impair your vision. In addition, you may look tired or sad, even when you are not. Blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, in Portland, Oregon, may be an option to rejuvenate the eye area by reducing excess fat and skin around the eyes to provide a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

If you are considering eyelid surgery at Portland Plastic Surgery Group, request a consultation online with one of our plastic surgeons or call our office at (503) 292-9200.

Eyelid Surgery Patient Photos


This woman visited our practice for eyelid surgery because she felt that her sagging upper eyelids made her look tired. After upper eyelid surgery, she looks wide-eyed and refreshed.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Your Eyelid Surgery

Our board-certified plastic surgeons perform eyelid surgery for women and men who are typically from age 30 to 60. This procedure can provide one or a combination of the following improvements:

  • Opening the upper eye area
  • Reducing puffy under-eye bags
  • Removing loose skin and fat deposits on the upper or lower eyelids
  • Improving peripheral vision obstructed by upper eyelid hooding

Some of our patients choose to combine their eyelid surgery with a facelift for optimal facial rejuvenation.

Our Board-Certified Surgeons

Combining artistry with the science of
medicine, board-certified plastic surgeons
Dr. Yale S. Popowich, Dr. Shannon O'Brien,
and Dr. H. Daniel Zegzula serve women and
men in Portland.

Procedure & Recovery

Upper Eyelid Surgery

This procedure is performed by creating incisions in the creases of the upper eyelids. These incisions are placed in the natural folds of the skin, and generally extend into the fine, outer edge of the eyes. The skin is then separated from the underlying fatty tissue and muscles, excess fat is reduced and lax skin is tightened. Once healed, the hairline scars usually fade and are difficult to notice.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

In most cases, fat deposits of the lower eyelid can be addressed through the inner lining of the lid, meaning that no external scar is created. For more extensive rejuvenation of the lower eye, an external incision in the skin may be required. Whether the skin or conjunctival (inner lining of the eyelid) incision is used, the fat deposits that attribute to a tired appearance are reduced to reshape the lower eyelid.

In general, many patients report that they were able to return to normal activity after about 10 days following their eyelid procedure. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 3 weeks, to give ample time for recovery.

Questions About Eyelid Surgery

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

Eyelid surgery typically ranges from $2,500 to $4,000, depending on several factors such as whether you are having upper, lower, or both sets of eyelids done and whether other cosmetic surgery procedures are performed at the same time. To optimize your safety and the quality of your results, we recommend choosing a surgeon based on credentials and experience over cost.

Will my medical insurance pay for eyelid surgery?

In most cases, eyelid surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore is not covered by medical insurance. However, if your upper eyelids are obstructing your peripheral vision, you may be able to have an optometrist recommend functional eyelid surgery, which is usually a covered procedure. The good news is that functional eyelid surgery is likely to improve your appearance, as well as your vision.

If I'm not ready for surgery, are there any treatments that can improve my tired look?

Yes. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are a simple non-surgical option that can provide a subtle lift to the corners of the eyebrows, smooth out crow's feet, and soften vertical lines between the eyebrows. Injectable fillers can also be used to fill in sunken under-eye hollows. These popular treatments can help you look refreshed if you have mild to moderate signs of aging around the eyes and can also enhance and maintain the results of cosmetic surgery.

What can I do to speed up my recovery?

There is not a lot you can do to make your body heal faster; however, you do have control over the amount of swelling and bruising you experience. Placing ice packs or bags of frozen vegetables such as peas or corn, covered with a thin cloth, over your eyes as directed by your surgeon can minimize swelling and bruising. Also, keeping your head upright at all times for the first few days, including while sleeping, can help. We suggest you do this by propping yourself up with pillows or resting in a recliner. Above all, follow your surgeon's recovery instructions diligently for the quickest recovery and most satisfying results.

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