Cosmetic Eye Surgery

This information is useful for adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Expertise in cosmetic eye procedures for aesthetic and visual improvements
  • Highly skilled at correcting droopy eyelids and eyebrows
  • Using Botox injections and fillers to treat wrinkles around the eyes and face

The area around your eyes, perhaps more than any other part of your face, can make you look either rested or fatigued, content or angry, youthful or prematurely aged. Cosmetic eye services can do a lot to improve the appearance of puffy or baggy eyelids and wrinkles. The results of these aesthetic procedures can last for months or years, depending on the treatment. 

Yale Medicine's ophthalmologists take a highly specialized approach to cosmetic eye surgery, allowing them to give you a younger, more refreshed look. They can improve your confidence and, in some cases, your vision.

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is the most common cosmetic eye procedure performed at Yale Medicine.

“For the upper lid, the procedure involves making an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid, and then removing and reshaping the excess skin, muscle and fat that developed with age and sun exposure,” says Michael S. Ehrlich, MD, director of oculoplastic and orbital surgery and assistant professor of ophthalmology at Yale School of Medicine. Genetics, too, may influence the appearance of the upper eyelids.

Blepharoplasty can also be performed on the lower eyelid. “We all have fat around our eyes,” Dr. Ehrlich says. “As we age, the tissue that holds the fat pack in place can loosen and the fat can protrude, giving the appearance of bags under the eyes.”