Taking A Decade Off Your Face with Eyelid Surgery

The eyes have a starring role on your face. Most people say the eyes are the first thing they notice when meeting a new person.

Unfortunately, the skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest skin on the entire human frame. Because of this it is also the first to show signs of aging. Sun and environmental damage becomes all too prevalent around our eyes. Plus, fat deposits, loosening skin, and other issues can leave a person with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes, and with it, a much older appearance.

But blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, with Dr. Smith can take years, if not decades, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.

Eyelid surgery can be especially satisfying because its results are dramatic, yet subtle. While this sounds like an impossible contrast, it’s true. Eyelid surgery can make you look 10 even 15 years younger, yet people usually have no idea that you’ve had any surgery. Unlike more dramatic procedures such as breast augmentation or a facelift, after you’ve had eyelid surgery most people won’t know you’ve had surgery, only that your appearance somehow seems younger and refreshed.

Is eyelid surgery right for me?

Eyelid surgery is one procedure that is popular with both women and men. Why is this? Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. In fact, each year more and more men are opting to have blepharoplasty to maintain a younger appearance when competing in the workplace. Overall, eyelid surgery is the second most popular facial cosmetic surgery after rhinoplasty (nose surgery).

Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your personal condition. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Smith makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. He then tightens the muscle tissue, repositions the fat, and removes excess skin. In recent years, the trend has been not to remove much fat in this area as it can leave the patient with a hollow look. Dr. Smith usually repositions the fat to maintain a natural look.

In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.


Eyelid surgery with Dr. Smith has a very easy recovery period. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After just three or four days your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger! There can be some residual swelling, but it usually is gone within 10 days.

So, do the eyes have it? They should. Call Dr. Smith at 843-705-8940 and set up your consultation for blepharoplasty.


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