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Rocky Mountain Eye Center -  - Ophthalmology

Rocky Mountain Eye Center

Ophthalmology & Optometry located in Missoula, Hamilton, Butte & Helena, MT

Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) can make you look younger and improve your vision at the same time. Rocky Mountain Eye Center’s oculoplastic surgeon and blepharoplasty specialist, Dr. David McCann, sees patients at the Hamilton and Missoula, Montana, locations. Schedule a visit today to find out more about what this age-defying, vision-restoring surgery can do for you. Call one of the offices or book your visit online.

Blepharoplasty Q & A

What is Blepharoplasty?

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Often performed to reduce the signs of aging, blepharoplasty is a surgical eyelid lift that reshapes the upper, lower, or both eyelids with the removal of excess or sagging skin and reinforcement of surrounding muscles and tendons. When necessary, Dr. McCann can also remove displaced fat, another consequence of aging, or relocate it to restore youthful contours to your eyes.

Blepharoplasty can essentially erase wrinkles, greatly reduce or eliminate under eye bags, and leave you with a more alert and youthful appearance. As a bonus, the surgery can also restore peripheral (side) vision loss caused by significant drooping of the upper eyelid skin.

Am I a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

You may benefit from blepharoplasty if you’re experiencing problems with your peripheral vision or are unhappy about the appearance of:   

  • Saggy or droopy upper eyelids
  • Excess skin on the lower eyelids
  • Bags under your eyes


Before scheduling your procedure, Dr. McCann will meet with you to discuss the surgery and your expectations regarding the outcome. As is true with many cosmetic procedures, it’s important to have realistic goals and an objective understanding of what blepharoplasty offers.  

As part of your pre-surgical evaluation, Dr. McCann also asks questions about previous surgeries and past or current conditions that may interfere with the surgery or healing process. He also reviews the medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take regularly.  

You will have ample time to ask questions about the surgery and recovery process during this time and may benefit from making a list of items you’d like to discuss with the doctor.

What Should I Expect During and After Blepharoplasty?

You’ll receive very precise information and detailed instructions from Dr. McCann regarding the surgery and how to care for your eyes following blepharoplasty.  

In general, however, blepharoplasty is performed under conscious IV sedation and a local anesthetic. This means that while you remain awake during the surgery, you feel very relaxed and don’t experience any pain.

You can expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling afterward, which usually responds well to mild pain medication, ice packs, and other aftercare measures.

For more information about blepharoplasty, schedule a visit with Rocky Mountain Eye Center’s top-rated oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. David McCann, today. Call one of the offices or book your appointment online.