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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Before & After Mini Facelift Case 2 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #2

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 small... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
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Case #11458

This is a 61 year old woman who felt that her eyes made her look older and tired. She consulted with Dr. Vath who recommended a mini-browlift to reduce the hood over her outer eyes and a blepharoplasty (eyelid trim) to remove the redundancy crowding her upper lids. Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Eyelid Lift Case 494 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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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.
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 11299 Front View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #11299

This is a 53 year old woman who underwent a mini-browlift and upper blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery) by Dr. Vath in Denver at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery. She wanted to refresh her appearance and reduce the hooding of her eyebrows over her outer eyelids and reduce some of the redundant eyelid skin so that a youthful curvature to her... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
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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 11843 Front View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #11843

This is a 58 year old woman who felt her droopy upper eyelid skin made her look older than she felt.  She underwent an upper eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) to open her eyes more, resulting in a less tired, more youthful appearance.Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Matthew B. Baker, M.D.
Before & After Eyelid Lift Case 532 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, 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.

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
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Meet Our Surgeons

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

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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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