Blepharoplasty before and after: How the eyelid surgery is done

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(WJLA) - In the aftermath of TV personality Julie Chen disclosing that she had undergone a procedure to increase the size of her eyes, more and more attention is being paid to the procedure.

Medically known as blepharoplasy, the surgery on the eyelid aims to, in the eye of the patient, improve the outward appearance of the skin around the eyes. In many cases, it helps in making the eye appear more round or prominent.

Much of the attention around blepharoplasy is how the procedure is actually done. According to, the surgery only takes a few hours and only includes a few steps.

First, as with all other surgical procedures, the patient undergoes anesthesia, most likely local. After the patient is sedated, incisions are made at the spots where the skin is to adjusted.

Depending on which part of the eye is being operated on, incisions may be made on the upper or lower eyelid. In some cases, it's done in both.

The skin is then adjusted based on the patient's preferences. After this is complete, surgeons use either skin adhesives or surgical tape to close the incisions.