Q&A: If I decide to have blepharoplasty, how large would the incisions have to be?

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Hi,  I am 40 years old and have hereditory 'puffy' eyebags which are not always evident.  If I do decide to have a blepharoplasty (assuming I have to be 'cut' from the outside - where would the incisions be placed and how 'large' would these have to that I mean, how far from the outer edge of my eyes would they extend? 

- Sue


William Georgis, M.D. -

The typical external lower eyelid blepharoplasty incision is just barely below the eyelashes and then extends out to the crow's feet on average about 1/4th to 1/2 inch.  These scars are usually very inconspicuous and blend in with the normal fine lines and wrinkles around the corners of the eyes.  Of course, if you need only to have fat removed you could have the blepharoplasty done internally (transconjunctival) which would result in no visible scar.

--William Georgis, M.D.
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