Eyelid Surgery

  • .5-1.5 Hour Surgery
  • Back to Work: 1-2 Weeks

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 experienced plastic surgeons at The Center for Cosmetic Surgery for facial plastic surgery performed with great precision and care.

Eyelid Lift
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Before & After Mini Brow Lift Case 708 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, 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.
Before & After Eyelid Lift Case 497 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, 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 Eyelid Lift Case 532 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #532

This 48 year-old woman was interested in upper facial rejuvenation.  In particular, she was bothered by the circles under her eyes which were especially obvious in the mornings, and getting more prominent with age.  She also mentioned the heaviness of her brow, creating and upper eyelid “hooding” effect, and the appearance... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 116 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, 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 f... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
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If you have droopy, sad, tired looking eyes, you may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery in Denver. Depending on your individual case, your surgery can involve raising your upper eyelids to re-open your eyes and restore a fresh look, or it may involve just removing little pockets of fat and reducing excess skin under your eyes by a sm... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Eyelid Lift Case 577 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #577

55 year-old woman who was displeased with the indistinct/"hooding" effect of her bilateral upper eyelids.  Although I pointed out that her mildly malpositioned brow was partially responsible for this, I also felt that she would greatly benefit from a simple upper blepharoplasty, which I believed would correct 80-90% of her problem, and l... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Eyelid Lift Case 719 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #719

This is a 64 year old woman who wanted to freshen up her look. She was bothered by the excess skin on her upper eyelids, the loose skin on her neck and her jowling. She underwent a minifacelift to tighten her neck and jawline, and reduce wrinkling throughout the lower face. She underwent an upper blepharoplasty (eyelid trim) to reduce the ski... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
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Case #494

This is a 57 year old woman who complained of aging of her eyes and a tired appearance. She underwent lower blepharoplasty procedures along with fat grafting to the tear troughs in the lower eyelids to fill in the hollow areas. 
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
Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Matthew Freeman, Dr. Teresa Cunningham, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, Dr. Paul Steinwald


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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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