Eyelid Surgery

Aging leads to a loss of elasticity, which can cause the eyelids to appear lower than normal. This is not optimal for vision or cosmesis. If you have mild-moderate aging changes you may be a candidate for non-surgical or surgical solutions. More severe changes tend to favor surgery but may also benefit from non-surgical treatments to bolster the skin's collagen/elastin support complex. Board-certified ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Sara Creekmore, DO, performs eyelid surgery and non-surgical interventions at Tampa Bay Eye and Facial Aesthetics in Lutz, Florida. To learn how eyelid surgery can help you, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Eyelid Surgery Q&A

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can have medical or cosmetic purposes. As you age, the skin around your eyes stretches and the muscles supporting your eyelids weaken. This can cause excess fat to gather above and/or below your eyelids, leading to droopy upper eyelids, bags under your eyes, and sagging eyebrows.

In addition to making you look older, drooping skin around your eyes can interfere with your vision. Eyelid surgery eliminates visual obstructions and makes your eyes appear more alert


    When would I need eyelid surgery?

    Eyelid surgery may be right for you if drooping or sagging eyelids cause medical or cosmetic concerns. At Tampa Bay Eye and Facial Aesthetics, Dr. Creekmore performs eyelid surgery to treat adults with:

    • Excess skin on the upper eyelid that partially blocks vision

    • Excess skin on the lower eyelid

    • Saggy or droopy eyelids

    • Bags under your eyes

    • Blepharitis, which is eyelid inflammation

    • Uneven eyelids

    • Tired eye

    Your insurance may cover eyelid surgery if it addresses a condition that causes vision impairment. Eyelid surgery to improve your appearance is elective.

    What are the different types of eyelid surgery?

    Various types of eyelid surgery include:


    Blepharoplasty is the most common type of cosmetic eye surgery. Sometimes called an eye lift, this procedure treats issues like fatty deposits that cause puffy eyelids, bags under the eyes, excess skin in the lower eyelid, and drooping eyelids.

    Upper/lower eyelid surgery

    Upper/lower eyelid surgery treats swelling around the eye. The procedure involves removing, repositioning, or replacing the fat pads in your upper and/or lower eyelids.

    Droopy eyelid surgery

    The medical term for droopy upper eyelids is ptosis. Dr. Creekmore surgically tightens the muscles around the eyelid to improve your vision and appearance

    What is recovery like after eyelid surgery?

    It’s common to experience bruising and swelling after eyelid surgery, but cool compresses can help. Most instances of bruising and swelling fade completely within two weeks of surgery.

    You should be able to return to normal activities 7-10 days after your procedure. Dr. Creekmore provides you with detailed instructions on how to care for your eyes at home.

    For advanced care in eyelid surgery, call Tampa Bay Eye and Facial Aesthetics, or request an appointment online today.