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Eyelid Surgery

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As we age, a complex series of changes takes place in the tissue around the eye. Skin becomes thinner and less elastic, fat may protrude or atrophy and even the bone can resorb, lending less support to the soft tissues. Many of these changes can be improved or corrected surgically with blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, in Denver, CO. Men and women from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and nearby cities trust the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Center for Cosmetic Surgery for facial plastic surgery performed with great precision and care.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Mini Facelift Case 116 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #116

These before and after images show a 57 year old woman from Denver, Colorado, who chose a mini facelift, mini brow lift and upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty with Dr. Vath.Typical of many of our patients, she is an active woman with a busy life here in Colorado. She enjoys tennis, long walks and hanging out with her friends and family. She... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 155 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #155

This 46-year-old woman illustrates just how powerful a comprehensive facial rejuvenation can be.  She presented to Dr. Wolfe with a desire to improve her brows, eyelids, face, and neck.  After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Wolfe performed a mini-browlift, upper and lower blepharoplasties, a Mini-facelift, and tightening of her neck mus... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Before & After Eyelid Lift Case 497 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #497

This 38 year-old woman had already had a browlift for very low-set eyebrows approximately 10 years prior, but presented to discuss upper-lid lifting as well.  In particular she was bothered by the heavy, closed-lid appearance, which also made her look more chronically tired that she felt inside.  She also had an element of residual... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 13 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #13

This is a 66-year-old woman who consulted Dr. Wolfe for correction of her loose jowls and neck.  Given the degree of laxity in her neck, Dr. Wolfe performed a tightening of her neck muscles ("platysmaplasty") in conjunction with a Mini-facelift, giving her a more complete correction.  She also underwent an upper blepharoplast... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Before & After Eyelid Lift Case 888 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #888

69 year-old woman who had a significant amount of upper eyelid ("crepe-y") skin excess; it was advised she undergo an aggressive upper lid blepharoplasty, characterized by skin excision with nearly imperceptible scars laying in the natural upper eyelid crease. She is shown here approximately 2 months post-op. Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 334 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #334

This is a 63 year old woman who complained about the wrinkling on her face, the loose skin on her neck and around her jowls, and her low brows which crowded her upper eyelids and gave her an aged look. She also didn't like the puffiness under her eyes that she thought made her look tired. She underwent a mini facelift, mini brow... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 65 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #65

Most of us consider ourselves very fortunate to live here in Colorado, with the natural beauty of our state to enjoy and dozens of outdoor activities to engage in. But we pay a price when it comes to the impact of our climate on our skin. Even younger people’s skin can show the effects of dry, cold air and bright sunlight, making... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Brow Lift Case 708 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #708

This is a 55 year old woman who wanted to refresh her appearance. She felt that her eyes appeared less bright with age and that her lower face and neck had become loose. She had also lost volume in her cheeks with hollows that worsened her overall appearance. She decided to undergo a minifacelift, minibrowlift, upper blepahroplasty and fat gr... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

When Should You Get Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is intended to tighten the tissues of the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is useful for improving the appearance of aging around the eyes.

What Is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Surgical improvement of the upper eyelid is, for the most part, a matter of removing the excess skin. The lower border of the incision is placed in the fold of the upper lid, while the upper margin is determined by the degree of redundancy. In some cases, there is excess fat, as well, which presents as an area of puffiness in the central corner of the lid. This is easily removed through the same incision that removes the skin. Very fine sutures are used to close the incision precisely.

What Is Lower Eyelid Surgery?

An aged appearance in the lower lid can be due to a number of factors, the most commonly addressed surgically include:

  • Fat in the lower lid, which may create puffy bags under the eyes, is best removed via a transconjunctival approach involving a small incision inside the lower eyelid mucosa. This technique avoids an external incision.
  • Excess lower eyelid skin can be removed as a “pinch” procedure which preserves the structural integrity of the lower lid and reduces complications like prolonged swelling and lid malposition.
  • Loss of elasticity and tone in the lower eyelid skin, which may be caused by sun damage, smoking, or age. Removing skin will tighten the area, but won’t change the skin itself. Laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and dermarolling are all useful techniques for improving the skin quality and can be used in conjunction with lower eyelid surgery.

Any or all of these factors may be present, and combinations of these techniques are frequently used to give patients a harmonious, attractive result.

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Can I Combine My Eyelid Surgery With Other Procedures?

Your surgeon may recommend combining additional procedures with your eyelid lift for more complete facial rejuvenation. Options include:

Post-surgical discomfort is typically mild to moderate with any facial procedure. Swelling and bruising, while inevitable, will dissipate within 1 to 2 weeks. With a little strategic makeup, most people find they are ready to go out in public in 2 weeks or less.

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Fact & Fiction About Eyelid Surgery

The upper lids and brow are often treated together but may be individually addressed.

In some patients, the appearance of aging in the upper lid is confined to the upper lid itself. These people require only an eyelid lift to see significant improvement in this area. In many patients, however, the upper eye area looks aged because of the upper eyelid and the position and/or shape of the eyebrow. In these patients, an upper eyelid lift may be performed in conjunction with a brow lift to more completely correct the aging process, as neither procedure alone would be optimally effective.

Hollowed out eyes are not attractive or youthful.

Twenty years ago, an upper eyelid lift typically involved removing as much skin and fat as possible in a misguided effort to create a youthful appearance. In fact, these aggressive operations often left patients with a hollowed-out, skeletonized orbit that made them look even older and less robust. Modern techniques conservatively remove skin and fat from the upper and lower lids, and many complementary treatments (such as fillers and fat grafting) actually replace volume lost due to the aging process.

How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon for Your Eyelid Surgery

For optimal safety and results, it’s important to choose your surgeon carefully. Important guidelines include:

  • Review many impressive before-and-after photos
  • Find a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery
  • Seek a surgeon who upholds the proper credentials
  • Make sure the surgeon uses only an accredited, state-of-the-art surgical facility
  • Decide, if upon meeting the surgeon, you make a connection

Meet Our Surgeons

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.

Identifying Good Eyelid Lift Results

The eyes should have a natural, nonsurgical appearance.

Perhaps the most important characteristic of an expertly performed blepharoplasty is that it leaves the patient with an unoperated appearance. Any aspect of the procedure that is overdone can alter the normal shape of the eye and these distortions are noticeable even to the untrained eye. The lower lid, in particular, is an area that responds poorly to an overly aggressive procedure.

The brow, upper lid, and lower lid should be aesthetically balanced, with similar degrees of aging and laxity.

Rejuvenation of the upper face must include an assessment of the brow, upper lids, and lower lids. When indicated, all 3 areas should be addressed to maintain harmony and prevent a discordant appearance.

To discover a happier outlook on life with eyelid surgery, request a consultation using our online form or by calling (303) 278-2600. This relatively low impact surgery can give you tremendous improvement in your appearance. The Center for Cosmetic Surgery has a plastic surgery office just outside of Denver in lovely Golden, Colorado, and another located downtown in Cherry Creek, Denver.

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