Eyelid Surgery

When Should I Consider an Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

  • Excess upper lid or lower lid skin and excess fatty tissue.
  • Overhanging skin in the upper eyelids or lower eyelids.
  • “Droopy” eyelids.
  • Puffiness to the upper or lower eyelids.
  • Tired appearance or “bags” to the lower eyelids.

Anticipated Results:

  • A more refreshed, youthful appearance to the upper portion of the face.
  • A more rested appearance to the eyelids.
  • Remove excess skin, puffiness, and bags under the eyelids.
  • Enhances ability to see in the peripheral field.

Dr. Kimberly Short, a board certified plastic surgeon, performs facial rejuvenation procedures with a goal to shape and contour the facial area by providing a refreshed facial appearance not an unnatural appearance. Dr. Kimberly Short was able to be exposed to many techniques which were on the cutting edge of technology. Dr. Short completed a six month fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery and Aesthetic Facial Surgery. Dr. Kimberly Short also completed a three month fellowship in Facial Rejuvenation in Miami, Florida. In addition to her fellowships, Dr. Short was given the opportunity to train with Dr. Ramirez, who pioneered endoscopic plastic surgery and designed the instruments used today. Dr. Short performed endoscopic facial surgery in France as well as Great Britain as the Moorefield Eye Hospital for concentrated experience in aesthetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery.

The blepharoplasty or eyelid lift procedure removes excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. The eyelid surgery will give you a more rested, alert, youthful appearance. The eyelids will be more refreshed, with a younger, firmer eye area. The blepharoplasty procedure will help define the eyelid crease but it will not remove lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nor can it change the position of the brows.

In upper eyelid surgery, the incision is well concealed in the upper eyelid crease. During the preoperative markings, Dr. Short will use an outline to mark the upper lid crease to keep the scars as invisible as possible along your natural folds. The incision is made, excess fat and muscle are removed along with loose skin. Very small, fine sutures are used to close the incisions, and are removed within 3 days after surgery to minimize the appearance of the scar. When the excess skin from the upper eyelids is removed, the brows tend to lower without the need to raise any longer (since the excess skin has been removed), a browpexy may be recommended to maintain the brow position by placing a permanent suture to the outer brow.  A browpexy is performed to alleviate the need for a traditional browlift procedure, especially in a male patient.  A browlift procedure is not optimal in male patients since a browlift can result in more feminine contours and the incision is difficult to conceal in the hairline or scalp, especially with loss of hair.

In lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made along the lashline. With lower eyelid surgery, the incision could also be located inside the lower eyelid referred to as a transconjuctival approach, eliminating the need for sutures. In many patients older than 40 years of age and depending on the lower eyelid muscle laxity, a transconjuctival approach may be recommended to prevent a complication referred to as ectropion, where the lower eyelid may turn outward after surgery. Lower eyelid massage following surgery is recommended for the first few weeks to allow the lower eyelids to heal properly by keep the underlying connective tissue soft and supple preventing scar tissue.

Planning the Surgery:

Time off Work:

7-10 days off work to allow for bruising and swelling to subside. Pain is minimal.


You will need someone to care for you for the first 24-36 hours after the procedure. You may need a driver for your first post-operative appointment, at 3-4 days if swelling is affecting your vision.

The Day of Surgery:

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis usually under light or general anesthesia. The procedure take approximately 1.5-2.0  hours for an upper or lower blepharoplasty or 2.5-3.0 hours for both, depending on the incision placement.

After Surgery:

Depending on the incision that was used, the sutures will be removed within 3-4 days after your surgery. Typically steri-strips, small tapes are used to keep the ends of the suture down. Most of the swelling and bruising will subside by 7 days after your procedure. An ointment (Puralube or Lacrilube) will be prescribed to prevent dryness to the eyes, used primarily at night. Blurred vision may be present for the first week until the swelling resolves. Lower lid massage will be recommended after 2-3 days to maintain softenss and mobility of the lower eyelid.

Note:It is important to address any concerns with Dr. Short at the time of your consultation. There is some risk, as with any surgical procedure. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Dr. Short can explain the procedure and potential complications to you in detail, and she can help you determine if a blepharoplasty is right for you.

What Patients Are Saying

I had a face lift, eyes upper and lower, neck. To this day I still get the comment. “You look so good” What did you do? It was the best thing I ever did and would recommend it to anyone. No pain, No problems. Thanks to Dr. Short and her team, they make you feel at home. They are the BEST !!!! * 



Penny O

I would refer Dr.Short to all of my friend and family. She are her staff was very professional and was willing to answer any question that I had. My surgery was a breast augmentation, I was a size A and went to a cup size D. I am very pleased and so happy with the out come. Dr.Short is the best there is. I would never even consider going any place else. *

Jennifer K

I came to Dr. Short for a Breast Augmentation and tummy tuck about 3 1/2 years ago. I was a mother of 5 children and had spent the past 15 years giving birth and taking care of kids. Even before the kids though, I struggled with a poochy tummy. I decided for my 40th birthday that I was finally going to do something about it. I searched the internet extensively and finally found Dr. Short. The results she was showing on her website were exactly what I was looking for. I flew out from Washington State for my consultation and immediately liked her and her entire staff. They put me at ease and answered all my questions.

I was thrilled with the results of the surgery. I went immediately from a size 12 to a size 4. I couldn’t believe it. The surgery got me so motivated that I continued to diet and exercise and have now dropped another 13 pounds and now wear a size 0. In addition to the fantastic results, Dr. Short and her staff made me feel like a girlfriend. I felt that they truly understood what my needs were, not just clinically, but from a woman’s perspective. I can’t recommend Dr. Short and her office enough for any cosmetic procedure. Thank you so much. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. *

Allissa S

I went to Dr. Short 2 years ago with an A cup breast size. She gave me a low C cup, and i get compliments on my breasts daily. They are very natural looking and feeling. A lot of people do not even believe me when I tell them I have had breast augmentation. Shes the best and I’m very very pleased with the outcome of the surgery. *

Deborah M

I used Dr.Short for a breast enlargement. I was more then impressed with the results. They did a great job and I recommend her all the time to people who ask for a Dr. I went in with a lot of questions and attended a seminar that helped me feel at ease. The surgery was not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I was back to normal in no time. The scars left are not even visible unless you look really hard. I highly recommend Dr.Short. They made me feel comfortable by having proper follow up appointments to make sure that everything was ok with surgery. I have nothing bad to say about my whole experience. It is going on three years now and I have had no complications at all. Dr. Short does a great job of giving you a natural look and making sure she keeps the look proportional to your body type. She really does a great job. *

Amy B
* Disclaimer: The claims made on this website are not intended to represent the results that every patient can expect. Surgical results vary greatly from patient to patient and are not guaranteed.

Northside Location

Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery
8455 Clearvista Place
Indianapolis, IN 46256


Downtown Location

Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery
317 S Delaware St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204


Call Now