Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery in Bala Cynwyd, PA

Before you can decide if you want to undergo eyelid surgery, it’s important to first understand what cosmetic eyelid surgery is. You should understand what the different types of cosmetic surgery are, how the procedure is performed, and what the recovery time is.

What Is Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery (otherwise known as blepharoplasty) rejuvenates the appearance of the eyes by restoring youthful contours to the face. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is a highly-customized procedure that can address a number of cosmetic problems surrounding the entire eye area.

Types of Eyelid Surgery

Upper Eyelid Surgery
This procedure targets issues such as droopiness or puffiness on the eyelid, which helps people suffering from impaired vision and gives the face a more “awake,” youthful look.

Lower Eyelid Surgery
This procedure removes under-eye bags, reduces puffiness and tightens excess skin giving the face a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.

Eye Bag Surgery
This procedure diminishes under-eye bags and puffiness to smooth and soften the skin under the eyes, which is the most delicate skin on the face, and one of the first spots to show aging.

How is Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Performed?

This surgery is performed with the use of a laser, which allows for more precise results. At our office, we use a CO2 laser to contour the eyelids, which offers the most precise results and the quickest recuperation time.

All surgeries are performed at surgical centers near our Bala Cynwyd, PA or Voorhees, NJ offices.

Is Anesthesia Used During Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery is often performed under twilight sleep anesthesia, which is a less intense form of anesthesia. In twilight sleep anesthesia, the patient remains conscious but is sedated. A lot of surgeons use this anesthetic technique when removing a patient's wisdom teeth.

What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery

Most patients resume normal activities about one week after the procedure, however, that recovery time is dependent on which surgery, or surgeries, is performed. To learn more about the post-surgery recovery process, please read our blog, "Post Eyelid Surgery FAQs".

When is Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Necessary?

For some people, eyelid surgery is necessary because their eyelids impair their vision; however this is a trick question because most of the time cosmetic eyelid surgery isn’t necessary, it’s a desire. For those suffering from droopy eyelids that affect your eyesight, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swartz to see if we can help.

For those considering eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, it’s worth seeking a consultation. We provide individualized treatment plans for each patient based on the treatment that will work best.

Our goal with every treatment is to make the patient look and feel better, without making them look like they’ve had a procedure at all.

Watch the video below from Dr. Cohen as he explains when eyelid surgery makes sense and how he and Dr. Swartz are able to consistently achieve natural looking results. 

 For more videos from Dr. Cohen, visit his RealSelf profile

Top Reasons Patients Get Eyelid Surgery:

  • Excess fullness or droopiness of the upper lid
  • Bags and fine lines on the lower lid

Not every patient needs to have surgery to feel more confident. We always look for customized noninvasive procedures as options for all of our patients. Some of our nonsurgical procedures include Botox and Dermal Fillers, click here to learn more.

Why Drs. Cohen and Swartz?

Dr. Marc Cohen and Dr. Nancy Swartz have been performing cosmetic eyelid surgeries in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Vorhees, NJ for over 25 years. Both doctors are board-certified ophthalmologists, oculoplastic and cosmetic surgeons who specialize in eyelid surgery. This means they are specifically trained to improve your appearance while caring for the health of your eyes.

Year after year, Drs. Cohen and Swartz have been invited to teach their special eyelid plastic surgery techniques to other cosmetic surgeons throughout the world.

Since founding their practice in 1990, thousands of patients have chosen Drs. Cohen and Swartz for their eyelid surgery because of the doctors' skill and ability to create beautiful, natural looking results.

eyelid surgery before and after

Upper eyelid surgery to treat droopy eyelids

eyelid surgery before and after

Upper and lower eyelid surgery with lower eyelid dermal fillers

Want To Learn More?

To find out if cosmetic eyelid surgery could be right for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation to learn more.

During your consultation, Dr. Swartz will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, evaluate your eyes' appearance, and suggest a course of action, but what you choose to do next is completely up to you! At our practice, you will never be pressured to get a procedure.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery corrects droopy, puffy upper eyelids to restore your eyes' youthful appearance.

Learn About Upper Eyelid Surgery
Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery rejuvenates the appearance of the eyes by removing bags, reducing puffiness, and/or tightening excess skin in the lower eyelids.

Learn About Lower Eyelid Surgery
Eye Bag Surgery

Eye Bag Surgery

Cosmetic eyelid surgery is the best way for many patients to diminish under-eye bags and reclaim the youthful beauty of their eyes.

Learn About Eye Bag Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long is the Recovery Time?

In our surgeries, we use CO2 lasers which offer patients a quick recovery. Most patients can resume their normal activities about a week after their procedure, however, the recovery time is different for every patient. To learn more about the post-surgery recovery process, read out blog, “Post Eyelid Surgery FAQs”.

Do you perform eyelid resurfacing?

We do! We perform laser skin resurfacing all over the face, as well as around the eyes. It is one of the most effective treatments for texture problems, including deep-set wrinkles. To learn more about this non-surgical procedure, please go to our Laser Skin Resurfacing page.

Do you perform double eyelid surgery?

Yes, we perform double eyelid surgery. For more information, please schedule a consultation to discuss which treatment is right for you.

What’s the best treatment for hooded eyes?

With hooded eyes, the excess skin and/or fat can be removed by blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid surgery. This is a very customizable procedure and the actual procedure depends on the severity of the individual's eyes.

How do I know if fillers are enough or if I need surgery?

Dermal Fillers are great for smoothing lines and wrinkles, restoring facial volume and more. Eyelid surgery, generally speaking, is for cases where the skin is a little more aged and needs a little more TLC. If you are considering either procedure, a consultation with Dr. Cohen and Dr. Swartz will further explain the difference and suggest a course of action that is right for you.


Thanks Doctor Cohen!

I’m a 51 year old guy who for years was bothered by my lower eyelid “bags.” If I got lots of sleep and watched my diet, my "bags" weren't too bad- carry-on size! However a late night, spicy food, or red wine, and they turned into steamer trunks! Friends and family claimed they weren’t so bad, and I suppose in the general scheme of things, that was true. However, not a day went by that I was not aware of them. Five months ago, Marc Cohen removed them and immediately I liked the result. I had no noticeable bruising, swelling or pain, just a little 'blood shot' on the 4th–7th days after the procedure. Now it's like they were never there- I don’t think about it at all, unlike before, when as I said, I thought of them daily. Do I look better, or younger? Maybe, but mostly the look is cleaner somehow, with those dark smudges caused by the fat deposits gone for good! Go online, read all you can about the procedure so that you'll be a well informed patient when you talk to Dr. Cohen, then JUST DO IT! I’m sorry I waited so long.

- Patient Letter