The Art of Blepharoplasty

Authors: Stephen W. Perkins, M.D., and Jess Prischmann, M.D.

Facial Plast Surg. 2011 Feb;27(1):58-66. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1270425. Epub 2011 Jan 18.

Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular and common procedures in facial plastic surgery. Initially performed in 1818 for eyelid reconstruction, blepharoplasty has evolved to become a cosmetic or functional operation. Although the surgical approaches are relatively straightforward, achieving natural and predictable results require precision and judgment. After performing more than 3500 blepharoplasties, the senior author has learned that the “art of blepharoplasty” has less to do with how much skin or fat is removed and is more about understanding the anatomic changes associated with aging, developing an individualized surgical plan, and anticipating postoperative outcomes or complications.