Drooping eyelids or puffy bags under the eyes can make you look tired and aged. In severe cases, they can also compromise your vision.

Stephen P. Hardy, MD can perform blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to help you look rejuvenated, feel refreshed, and see more clearly.

If you live near Polson, MT, and are interested in blepharoplasty, contact Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates today for a consultation.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

During blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, a plastic surgeon removes small portions of excess skin and fat deposits to reveal a more alert and refreshed appearance. For patients with excessively sagging upper eyelids, this procedure can actually improve their vision as well.

A customizable treatment, Dr. Stephen Hardy can perform blepharoplasty on the lower eyelids, the upper eyelids, or both in the same treatment session. Thanks to our surgeon's skill, our modern equipment, and our certified facilities, we are able to offer blepharoplasty on an outpatient basis. Our offices in Polson and Helena, MT, serve Missoula and surrounding area.

Interested in Eyelid Surgery? Request a Consultation

If you are curious about eyelid surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hardy at our offices in Polson or Helena. Patients appreciate consultations with Dr. Hardy because:

  • We create a safe, welcoming environment in all of our offices.
  • Dr. Hardy takes the time in each consultation to understand the patient's unique goals and to answer any and every question.
  • You can expect privacy and confidentiality when you work with Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates.

Men and women from the Polson, MT, area can request a consultation with Dr. Hardy by contacting us online or by calling:

(406) 728-3811

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Dr. Hardy is a plastic surgeon who has performed more than 1,000 eyelid procedures.

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Krystina Beach

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Love Dr. Hardy and his staff! They’re all very friendly and knowledgeable. I always know I’m in great hands when I’m there. Best plastic surgeon!

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Jessica Mumm

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Dr. Hardy and all the staff are wonderful! It was a comfortable, informative, & great experience. Dr. Hardy’s work is amazing!

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Dr. Hardy on Facial Cosmetic Surgery

In this video, Dr. Hardy discusses his approach to facelifts and other facial procedures. He wants his patients to look natural and refreshed, not like they've "had work done." Skip to 2:33 to hear Dr. Hardy discuss eyelid surgery specifically.

The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

Improved Self-Confidence

Blepharoplasty can target many of the common signs of aging to provide a significant enhancement in your appearance and your self-esteem.

Larger Field of Vision

Drooping upper eyelids can interfere with your vision. Dr. Hardy can use blepharoplasty to lift away excess skin and tighten the upper eyelids, allowing you to see more clearly.

Versatile Results

We offer a range of facial cosmetic surgery procedures at our practice serving the Polson, MT, area. If appropriate, Dr. Hardy can combine your eyelid surgery with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift or brow lift, to provide more dramatic results.

What to Expect During Blepharoplasty

Dr. Hardy performs eyelid surgery as an outpatient procedure at our offices in Helena and Polson, MT.
Dr. Hardy performs blepharoplasty on an outpatient basis, so you'll be able to return home with the help of a loved one after your procedure.
Dr. Hardy performs blepharoplasty on an outpatient basis, so you'll be able to return home with the help of a loved one after your procedure.


Dr. Hardy prefers to perform blepharoplasty with a combination of local anesthesia and oral sedation. Compared to general anesthesia, Dr. Hardy's approach has a lower risk of complications.


Dr. Hardy will begin the surgery by carefully making incisions on the eyelids. He artfully places the incisions so that the resulting scar is practically invisible. Incisions on the lower eyelid are made either immediately below the eyelashes or on the inside of the eyelid, while incisions on the upper eyelid are made in the crease of the eyelid.


After making the incisions, Dr. Hardy will carefully address the sagging or puffiness in your eyelids by removing excess skin and fatty tissue. He may also tighten underlying muscles. Finally, he will close the incisions. 

What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery


Recovery from blepharoplasty is typically quick and involves only minimal discomfort. During the first few days, you may experience some minor irritation, sensitivity, or visual changes, such as blurred or double vision.

Following Dr. Hardy's aftercare instructions will do much to expedite your healing time and reduce discomfort. Most patients will take about a week away from work, although swelling and bruising may be noticeable for a short period of time thereafter.


As the initial swelling and bruising begin to subside a few days after your surgery, you will notice the results of your procedure. Lifted upper eyelids will reveal improved contours from lid to brow. Patients with previously blocked vision should have a restored field of sight. The appearance of bags or drooping under the eyes will be remarkably less noticeable.

Patients should keep in mind that blepharoplasty is designed to treat the eyelids. Anatomically adjacent areas, such as the brow or cheeks, will not be affected.

A Natural, Refreshed Look Results Like These Can Be Yours

Our team knows it can be hard to envision the final results of your cosmetic treatment if you don't have anyone else's results to reference. In our photo gallery, you can see what we were able to accomplish for this Missoula-area blepharoplasty patient and others.

Dr. Stephen Hardy's patient before eyelid surgery
​Before Blepharoplasty Sagging skin in the upper eyelids were causing this patient to have a tired appearance and partially obscured vision.
Dr. Stephen Hardy's patient after eyelid surgery
​After Blepharoplasty Dr. Hardy performed eyelid surgery to remove excess skin and produce a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
Every treatment at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates is planned and performed with careful attention to the patient's individual needs and desires. We pride ourselves on providing results that garner attention for all the right reasons.

Are you ready to take the first step towards the rejuvenated look you have in mind? We'd love to hear from you. Please fill out our consultation request form or send us an online message.

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"He is great at what he does, not only treats the problem but treats the person as well.. I highly, highly recommend dr hardy" Conni, 5-Star Google Review

Are There Any Risks?

Any surgical procedure carries some degree of risk, but we want our Missoula-area patients to know that blepharoplasty is a safe and effective cosmetic option, especially when performed by a board-certified surgeon who uses conservative techniques and thoroughly vetted surgical tools and technologies. You'll find all of that in Dr. Hardy's cosmetic practice.

As for side effects, a small number of patients report dry eyes, and in rare circumstances, the procedure can make dry eyes worse for patients who already have the condition. The risk of developing dry eye or the condition worsening after blepharoplasty is minimal when you work with a proven cosmetic specialist like Dr. Hardy. His treatments are performed according to high standards that maximize safety in all aspects. 

Combining Treatments For Even More Profound Results

Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates offers treatments to beautify or enhance all aspects of the face, many of which can easily be combined to bring a patient even closer to their ideal look. These are two of the most popular procedures to combine with eyelid surgery:
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Intended to improve the appearance of the mid to lower face, a facelift with Dr. Hardy can turn back the clock on wrinkles, fine lines, loose skin, jowls, and more. During this surgery, he lifts away excess facial skin and fat before gently tightening the underlying musculature, reversing common signs of aging.

mature woman looking at her eyebrows in the mirror

Brow Lift

Meant to rejuvenate the upper third of the face, a brow lift can pair beautifully with blepharoplasty if you struggle with both heavy eyelids and heavy brows. This procedure removes excess skin and gently repositions sagging brows while also eliminating deep-set wrinkles and creases to help you look younger and more alert.

More Wonderful Reviews From Patients in the Missoula, MT, Area


Gayle Butler

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Dr. Steve Hardy and his staff are top notch. He is a perfectionist and a kind and caring man. When I walk into his office I know I will always be taken care of.

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Great place, great experience & great surgeon. I highly recommended Dr. Hardy.

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Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Dr. Stephen P. Hardy is a renowned plastic surgeon with prestigious national affiliations:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (406) 728-3811.

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