Eyelid Surgery in Philadelphia, PA Dr. Lohner sees patients from Bryn Mawr, Main Line, Rosemont, Philadelphia, and other cities throughout Pennsylvania for eyelid surgery. What You Need to Know About Eyelid Eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure to modify the appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Skin and fat around the eye is removed or relocated for either cosmetic or functional purposes. The surgery may also involve modification or reconstruction of the muscles and tendons surrounding the eye area. The Eyelid Surgery When performed as an elective, cosmetic procedure, eyelid surgery is used to improve the puffy appearance of “bags” under the eyes caused by fat deposits and remove excess skin in the upper eyelid. If the loose skin above the eyes interferes with normal peripheral vision, its removal is considered functional and is often covered by health insurance. Many patients enjoy permanent results after completing this procedure. I am very happy with all of the staff and especially the outcome of my procedures! I have told my family, and they are looking to see Dr. Lohner too! Thank you for everything. C. M. The blepharoplasty procedure is normally performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. Incisions are made in the creases of the upper or lower eyelids or occasionally inside the lower eyelid, depending on the extent of work being done. Then fat and/or skin are removed and incisions are sutured. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about what you can do during the recovery period, but temporary side effects include tearing, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision.