Cosmetic surgery of the upper eyelid, or upper blepharoplasty, restores a natural, more youthful contour to the upper eyelid by removing excess skin that causes hooding or upper lid bags, causing a tired appearance.

Dr. Codner uses very detailed, specialized techniques to refine the upper eyelid, including the removal or repositioning of fat pads and correction of the upper eyelid fold.

Generally outpatient, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is most commonly performed under local anesthesia with sedation.

You may engage in light activity the day after your surgery. Depending on any accompanying procedures, a return to more normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. Your appearance will gradually improve over the following 4-6 weeks.

Proper skincare and sun protection including sunglasses, are essential during healing.

Results can be long-term, turning back the clock on your appearance from 8 to 10 years. Natural aging will continue after your eyelid surgery.

“I want to thank you for all you have done for me and my eyes. Your patience, professionalism and expertise have made it a rewarding experience to be in your care. Words can’t express how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me and for making me feel positive and important.”

“During my last visit I was so busy asking you a million questions I failed to thank you for giving me such a wonderful lift (pun intended)! I really did my homework and research on finding the perfect surgeon to perform a facelift and blepharoplasty and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Your amazing skill has given me such a renewed confidence. I can’t begin to thank you enough. My neighbors in Charleston have asked why I would go out of town when there are plastic surgeons in our city. Now that they have seen your work they know why and have asked for your number!”


Facial Aesthetic Conference of Egypt, Presentation: Blepharoplasty & Midfacelift, Live Surgery, Cairo, Egypt, 2009.

Chairman, Oculoplastic Symposium, Eyelid Anatomy, Atlanta, GA, 2008-2010.

ASAPS, Moderator, Aesthetic Refinements in Upper Lid Blepharoplasty, Teaching Course: Oculoplastic Surgery for the Plastic Surgeon, San Diego, CA, 2008.

Costa Rican Society of Plastic Surgery, Blepharoplasty Symposium, San Jose, CA, 2007.

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Reconstruction, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2007.

ASPS, Male Blepharoplasty Panel, Complications Following Cosmetic Surgery Panel, Baltimore, MD, 2007.

CATFAS, Controversies Art and Technology in Facial Aesthetic Surgery, Live Surgery, Upper Blepharoplasty, Talks: Upper Blepharoplasty, Lower Blepharoplasty with Correction of Tear Trough, Ghent, Belgium, 2007.

AAFPRS, Rejuvenation of the Aging Face, Panel: Pearls & Complications in Upper Blepharoplasty, Boca Raton, FL, 2006.

Live Surgery, Blepharoplasty, Blepharoplasty Panel, ISAPS, Jornada Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2006.

Facial RejuvenationPanel: Upper / Lower Blepharoplasty, Correction of Complications Following Breast Augmentation, Mediterranean Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Nice, France, 2005.

Live Surgery, Blepharoplasty, Blepharoplasty Panel, Jornada Carioca de Cirugia Plastica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005.

Minimizing Complications in Upper and Lower Lid Blepharoplasty, Correction of Ectropion with Lid Spacer Graft, Correction of Breast Augmentation Complications, Columbia Panama Symposium, Panama, 2004.

Blepharoplasty Panel – Making an Unattractive Eyelid Beautiful, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Orlando, FL, 2000.

Improving Results & Reducing Complications in Blepharoplasty & Cheek Lifts, The XIII International Symposium of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Martinique, FWI, 2000.


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