The facial nerve provides movement of the facial muscles. It may not function well as a result of Bell’s palsy, surgery, or trauma. When the facial nerve does not function normally, the eyelid may not close properly. This may endanger the health of the eye. It is important to try and restore as much eyelid function as possible to protect the eye. Dr. Hui may find that you need a very small, delicate gold or platinum weight placed in the upper eyelid during a short outpatient procedure. The weight helps with eyelid closure with the assistance of gravity. This weight is often combined with lower eyelid tightening procedures (the incision is hidden in a crow’s foot or laugh line in the outer corner of the eye). Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis with minimal postoperative pain. Most patients resume their normal activities one week after surgery.