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 significantly improve the appearance of puffy or baggy eyelids, fine lines, and wrinkles. The results of these aesthetic procedures can last months or years, depending on the type of treatment. 

Yale Medicine's ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons take a highly specialized approach to aesthetic eye procedures and surgery, giving you a younger, more refreshed look. “People tend to notice and focus on the eyes, which is why rejuvenation of the eyelids can make such a difference for patients from both an appearance and, in many cases, a vision standpoint,”says Mahsa Sohrab, MD, a Yale Medicine fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon, and director of oculoplastics at the Yale Eye Center. 

Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons pursue several years of additional training to blend their unique expertise in eye health with surgical skill. “Our ophthalmic training provides us with the skills to ensure the utmost safety of your eyes, while our aesthetic and functional training guides our selection of the proper procedures, both medical and surgical, to restore and enhance the function and appearance of the eyelids,” adds Dr. Sohrab.


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 develop with age and sun exposure.

Blepharoplasty can also be performed on the lower eyelid. As people age, the tissue that holds the fat in place can loosen and the fat can protrude, giving the appearance of bags under the eyes.

The most common surgical approach for lower blepharoplasty is from inside the eyelid, so there is no visible scar. As with upper blepharosplasty, the fat under the skin is reshaped and excess fat is removed. Frequently, at the same time, the skin in the area under the eyes will also be treated with either a laser or a chemical peel to improve its appearance.