Upper Eyelid Surgery

Do your eyes make you look tired, worried, or sad? Your upper eyelids may be to blame.

As we age, our upper eyelids can get droopy or puffy. Both men and women often notice that their eyes look smaller, or their eyes make them look older or more tired than they feel. Women often find that it gets more difficult to put on makeup and when they do, their makeup may not show off their eyes the way it used to.

Upper eyelid surgery (also known as upper blepharoplasty or eyelift surgery) can correct these problems and restore the beautiful contours you had when you were younger, contributing to an all-around refreshed look for your entire face.

Dr. Marc Cohen and Dr. Nancy Swartz are both oculoplastic surgeons. An oculoplastic surgeon is a board-certified ophthalmologist, or eye doctor, who has done additional training in plastic surgery relating to the eyes and face. They teach their cosmetic surgery techniques to doctors around the world, and they have helped thousands of patients rejuvenate their appearance with upper eyelid surgery in Philadelphia, on the Main Line, and in South Jersey.

Dr. Cohen and Dr. Swartz are a team, and they work together on every surgery. Because of this, you will have two doctors at your surgery; Dr. Swartz will be your lead surgeon, and Dr. Cohen will assist. This unique team approach is something very special in our practice, and we feel it assures the best results.

What To Expect When You Have Upper Eyelid Surgery with Us

So you’ve made the decision to have cosmetic eyelid surgery. It’s exciting to think about your eyes looking refreshed again. During your initial consultation, Dr. Swartz will spend time with you to listen to your concerns about your eyes. She will examine your eyes and work with you to create a treatment plan that is customized just for you. Drs. Cohen and Swartz know that you want to look natural, like yourself, and with their experience and artistry, they will make sure that you get the best results.

Your surgery will take place at an accredited surgical center in Bala Cynwyd, PA or Voorhees, NJ, and a board certified anesthesiologist will administer “twilight sleep” anesthesia so that you are comfortable during the procedure.

Dr. Cohen and Dr. Swartz use a CO2 laser to contour the eyelids. They feel that the laser offers the most precise results with the fastest recuperation for cosmetic eyelid surgery.

Most people resume normal activities one week after upper eyelid surgery. Full recovery usually takes four to six weeks and varies from person to person. Carefully following your doctor’s instructions will help you heal more quickly. The doctors and their staff work with you throughout the course of your recovery to ensure that you progress as planned.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Before And After Photos

upper and lower blepharoplasty before and after

Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty with Lower Eyelid Dermal Fillers

In this procedure, an upper lid blepharoplasty reduced upper eyelid fullness, and a lower blepharoplasty and lower eyelid fillers removed under-eye bags, achieving a more youthful, rested appearance for the patient.

eyelift surgery before and after

Eyelift Surgery

This patient received cosmetic eyelid surgery to improve drooping upper eyelids and achieve a more rested, youthful look.

upper blepharoplasty before and after

Upper Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery was performed to create a defined, attractive upper eyelid for this patient.

upper eyelid surgery before and after

Upper Eyelid Surgery

This patient’s cosmetic eyelid surgery reduced bags and fullness around the eyes, giving her a well-rested appearance.

eyelift surgery before and after

Eyelift Surgery

This patient's surgery corrected her ptosis, raising her eyelid to a natural position and restoring symmetry to her face.

upper blepharoplasty before and after

Upper Blepharoplasty

In this procedure, the patient's hooded eyelids were corrected by removing excess skin and fat.

upper eyelid surgery before and after

Upper Eyelid Surgery

This patient’s surgery lifted her drooping eyelids for a more refreshed appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does cosmetic upper eyelid surgery cost?

In our practice, eyelid surgery is a highly customized procedure. Dr. Cohen or Dr. Swartz will examine your eyes, evaluate your face and listen to your goals and concerns during your consultation. They will discuss various options with you, and you will have a clear answer about the price of different options by the time you leave the office.

Generally, an upper blepharoplasty costs $4,000. Combined upper and lower blepharoplasty usually costs $6,000. These prices include the doctor’s fee, the surgical center fee, and anesthesiologist fees. There are never any surprise or hidden costs.

What is the recovery time for eyelift surgery?

We consider the doctor-patient relationship to be like a team sport. It is important to work together for the best results. How carefully you follow your doctor’s instructions will directly affect how quickly you heal.

We ask our patients to take it easy and use cold compresses on their eyelids for the first four days after surgery. You need to wait a full week before resuming exercise and lifting heavy objects.

The type of surgery you have, your skin type, and the way that your body heals all affect healing times. We recommend that you plan your surgery at least six weeks before you have a big event.

To learn more about the post-surgery recovery process, read our blog post "Healing After Eyelid Surgery."


Blepharoplasty, upper & lower – Bala Cynwyd, PA

Excellent Doc. Very professional, yet friendly. Explains process in detail and does not oversell procedure. Is always on time for appointments and staff is very friendly.

- RealSelf.com