Blepharoplasty in Ancient Turkey

- Private group -
August 20, 2014

During 129-216 A.D. the practice of plastic surgery gained momentum and sophistication due to increased obsession with the human body.  Galen, a plastic surgeon during this time period, practiced methods to fix the appearance of eye lids that drooped.  He also preformed Rhinoplasties on men and women of wealth seeking a more balanced and symmetrical face.  After the fall of Rome, many of Galens medical texts were lost.  Of 600 texts thought to have been written, only 20 are known to have survived.


Today, a procedure called blepharoplasty (eye lift) is similar to the method Galen is believed to have used to fix droopy eyes.  Blepharoplasties are performed to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.  This procedure can restore firmness around the eye area resulting in a rested, alert and more youthful appearance.


Excess skin around the eyes interferes with ones vision.  If you believe the skin around your eyes is impairing your vision, call your eye doctor to schedule an appointment for a visual field test.  The results of this test will determine whether or not the removal of excess skin around the eyes will improve your vision.   If a blepharoplasty is medically necessary to improve vision, it may be possible to have the procedure covered by your insurance.


All of us at the Swier Clinic look forward to meeting you and helping you bring life and vitality back to your eyes.  Please call our office to schedule an appointment at your convenience, 302-645-7737.



Patrick Swier, MD is a board-certified and Johns Hopkins trained plastic surgeon.  He specializes in plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.


The Swier Clinic has two locations for your convenience and privacy:


The Swier Clinic, Sussex County

1400 Savannah Road

Lewes, Delaware 19958



The Swier Clinic, New Castle County

2600 Glasgow Avenue | Suite 102

Newark, Delaware 19702-4777