Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)


A popular and effective option for patients looking to achieve a more youthful appearance surrounding the eyes is blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. It is natural for skin to gradually lose elasticity as it ages and as our tissues around the eyes thin and lose support, the fat pads of the periorbital bulge leading to a baggy appearance around the eyes. Blepharoplasty offers a solution by repositioning or removing excess skin. Benefits of eyelid surgery include a renewed sense of confidence, a more youthful and vibrant aesthetic, and, in some cases, an improved field of vision. In consultation with Dr. Aya-ay, patients can determine whether eyelid surgery is the option best suited to their needs.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids to improve the aesthetic appearance. In some cases, eyelid surgery can also be corrective as it can relieve some functional deficits such as visual field loss. Changes in the skin and tissue of the area surrounding our eyes can result in a tired and aged appearance. The thin skin in the periorbital region is prone to fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. Eyelid surgery will remove excess skin, fat and in some cases even reposition the eyelid to reduce the appearance of facial aging in this very important aesthetic area of the face. Commonly CO2 skin resurfacing or Morpheus8 is also used in the periorbital area to maximize results. 

Melanie L. Aya-ay, M.D.


Dr. Melanie Aya-ay is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa Bay with over 15 years of plastic surgery experience specializing in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive breast surgery and minimally invasive techniques for facial and body rejuvenation.  She is known for her skill and excellence in revision surgery, specifically for difficult breast surgery revisions.  Dr. Aya-ay is an Allergan Medical Institute (AMI) National Trainer for Facial Aesthetics and AMI National Speaker for Plastic and Regenerative Medicine.  She is honored to be the first female surgeon to hold this dual faculty position with Allergan.

Dr. Aya-ay is the CEO and owner of Melanie L. Aya-ay, MD Plastic Surgery as well as Vivia MedSpa, an elite luxury medical spa in North Tampa.  Her practice and her team have been built on the values of honesty, integrity, education, safety, and providing comprehensive aesthetic care with natural results.  Your consultation with Dr. Aya-ay will be an educational experience so that you can be assured that you are making the choices that are best for you. Our staff will provide all the assistance needed to help you navigate through the process for a successful Plastic Surgery experience.


Blepharoplasty Procedure

During the surgery, incisions are made in the natural contours around the upper and lower eyelids in order to achieve a barely perceptible scar once the area heals. Excess skin and a small amount of excess fat may be removed. Some fat may also be redistributed in the eyelids to fill in areas of volume loss and reduce areas of puffiness. This surgery can be performed as an office-based procedure under local anesthesia, or at a surgery center or hospital under IV sedation or general anesthesia.

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Blepharoplasty Recovery and Aftercare

Patients tend to recover quite well following this surgical procedure. Some bruising, mild irritation, and swelling are expected. Activity restrictions are essential following eyelid surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding and postoperative complications. Pain medication, an antibiotic, and eye ointments may be prescribed postoperatively. Dr. Aya-ay and her staff will review the postoperative instructions with you at your consultation and again at your preoperative visit to ensure that you are comfortable with your postoperative care.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about blepharoplasty or other potential options, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Aya-ay at her Tampa office. A consultation is a chance to collaborate to decide what procedure or treatment would be best suited for you and your needs.

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