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What is eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty is performed to help reverse age-related changes around the eyes. It can help correct sagging, eye bags, discoloration and hollowness. Eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia in our state-of-the-art surgical suite in-office and be combined with other procedures, particularly a brow lift, to open up the eye area and create a natural, refreshed appearance.

With upper eyelid surgery, the incision is typically placed in the folds of the eye where it is well hidden from view. The incision for lower eyelid surgery is placed in the lash line, where it is virtually undetectable. Dr. Poulos will take great care to ensure your scarring is minimal and inconspicuous.

Eyelid Surgery–Treatable conditions:

  • Upper eyelid surgery can remove excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids.
  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision, can be treated by eyelid lift surgery.
  • Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can remove excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid.
  • Bags under the eyes can be corrected by blepharoplasty.
  • Lower eyelid surgery can correct drooping of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored portion of the eye).

I am so pleased with my experience with her! I also so appreciated her supportive and wise counsel prior to my surgery. This was so exceedingly helpful. She has a wonderful staff. Dr. Poulos receives my highest recommendation!

E. Horn

What are the benefits of an upper and lower eyelid lift?

  • Improved upper facial appearance
  • Reduction in eye bags and puffiness
  • Enhanced vision in some cases
  • A brighter, more engaging facial expression
  • Enhanced self-esteem

Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery in Worcester?

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for blepharoplasty
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions
Cynthia M. Poulos MD

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You must tell your doctor if you have any of these medical conditions:

  • Eye disease such as glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina
  • Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease and under or overactive thyroid
  • Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes

What will my recovery entail?

While some swelling and bruising is normal after surgery, Dr. Poulos will provide you with pain medications that will help alleviate discomfort. A cold compress placed on the head will sooth you, as will ice packs and eye drops. Most clients return to normal daily activities within a few weeks. You should refrain from wearing makeup during your healing period, and avoid direct sunlight.

Cynthia M. Poulos MD

Why choose Dr. Poulos in Northborough?

Named “Best Plastic Surgeon” by Worcester Magazine, Dr. Poulos has earned a reputation for transformative outcomes that reflect her patients’ best assets, accentuating their innate beauty. Her approach is personalized and intuitive, resulting in aesthetically superior changes that are tailored to the individual. 

Dr. Poulos received her Medical Doctor degree from the State University of New York School of Medicine. She then went on to pursue a 5-year internship and residency in general surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, followed by an additional plastic surgery residency at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

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We are open and seeing Patients!

We'd like to inform you of the proactive steps we are taking to prioritize the health and safety for you and our staff. Our office is taking the necessary safety precautions in guidance with CDC regulations to ensure your visit goes smoothly. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!

Prior to the start of every workday, all employees will complete a check-in procedure including safety precautions such as: taking their temperature to ensure they are ready and able to work. Employees will be required to actively practice social distancing, wear face masks and gloves with any patient contact, and all employees will continue frequent hand washing.

We are committed to the health and well-being of our patients and staff. We will continue with cleaning and sanitizing protocols that meet CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes the use of EPA approved products in the treatment of all clinical areas and surfaces between every patient.


  • When you arrive for your appointment please call (508) 393-4544 and let us know you are here. (please give us your name and phone number).
  • Wait in your car, and we will call you as soon as we are ready to see you. All doors will be locked to avoid any worries about anyone else entering during your visit.
  • You will need to be wearing a face mask to enter the facility. Only one person at a time is being seen. (If someone came with you, they will need to wait for you outside the office).
  • We will be taking your temperature at the entrance, ask you a series of questions, and if all checks out, we will have you enter the office . We will have you use hand sanitizer, and then bring you right into the exam/ treatment room.
  • The surfaces in all exam rooms are cleaned and disinfected in between each patient to meet strict standards.
  • Dr. Poulos and staff will be using PPE during your entire visit.

We look forward to seeing you,

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