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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, at The Center for Cosmetic Surgery.

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

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Eyelid Lift Case 578 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 1 of 54

Case #578

\tThis 38 year-old woman who had undergone left breast reconstruction a year earlier was to come in for a balancing lift, and since she was otherwise doing well, she asked about adding an upper and lower blepharoplasty to this procedure.  As it would add only one-1.5 hours to the case (as well as save her a significant amount of money,... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Eyelid Lift Case 461 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #461

This 66-year-old woman underwent a mini facelift with an upper blepharoplasty.  She is shown before and 2 months postoperatively.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Eyelid Lift Case 887 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #887

This younger (approximately 40 year-old) female was bothered by the accumulation of loose skin of her upper eyelids. I advised that an upper blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) under local anesthesia with IV sedation (for less than an hour) would be an appropriate way to trim an exact amount of skin from each upper eyelid, hiding the incisions in her upper... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Eyelid Lift Case 304 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #304

This is a 56 year old Colorado gentleman who looked tired and aged by the extra skin accumulating above his eyes.  He underwent an upper blepharoplasty (eyelid skin tuck) to freshen up the look around his eyes. He also underwent a mini facelift in order to reduce his jowls and facial wrinkles. Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 161 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #161

This is a 49 year old woman who complained of a tired, aged appearance to her eyes, with some loose upper lid skin and bulges in her lower lids.  She underwent an upper blepharoplasty  to remove some of the excess lax skin on her upper eyelids.  She also underwent a transconjunctival blepharoplasty to remove some of the fat in the... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 66 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #66

This is a 45 year old woman who underwent a mini brow lift and upper lid blepharoplasty. Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery. She also underwent a mini-facelift at the same time.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Facelift Case 443 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #443

This 58-year-old woman underwent a Minifacelift, upper blepharoplasty, and lower blepharoplasty.  She is shown before and 3 months after her procedure.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Mini Facelift Case 116 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 takes... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 252 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #252

This is a 48 year old woman who underwent a mini-browlift and upper blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck) in order to "open up" her eyes.  Post-operative pictures are from 5 weeks after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 70 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #70

This is a 62 year old female who underwent an upper lid blepharoplasty. Post-operative pictures are from 1 month after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Facelift Case 342 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #342

This is a 61 year old woman who complained about some signs of aging on her face. Specifically, she felt that she had some loose neck skin and jowls, as well as crowding of the upper eyelids. She chose to undergo a mini facelift in order to tighten her neck and jawline.  She also chose to have a mini browlift and upper blepharoplasty (eyelid... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 233 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #233

This is a 47-year-old woman who presented with significant fullness in her lower eyelids that she wished to have corrected.  Dr. Wolfe performed a lower blepharoplasty via a transconjunctival approach, which is to say that her removed excess fat from her lower lids without a skin incision.  Photos were taken 1 year after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Eyelid Lift Case 56 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #56

This is a 57 year old female who underwent upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). Post-operative pictures are from 16 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
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Case #24

This is a 37 year old female who underwent an upper and lower blepharoplasty. On the upper lids, she had excess skin and fatty pads removed. On the lower lids, she had a transconjunctival blepharoplasty where fatty bags were removed through the inside. Post-operative pictures are from 3 weeks after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 3 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #3

This 54 year old female underwent a lower blepharoplasty. Post-operative pictures are from 1 month after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 613 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (1 mo)
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Case #613

\tThis 46 year-old female wished to address her moderate upper eyelid skin redundancy, which made her look somewhat tired most of the day.  Although I advised her that she also had a fair amount of "brow ptosis" (or drooping) contributing to the hooding of her lateral brow areas, the patient wished to undergo the simplest surgical... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mini Facelift Case 82 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #82

This 57 year old Denver woman shown before and 1 month after a face lift (mini), temporal brow lift (forehead lift), and upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Facelift Case 774 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #774

This 61 year old patient came to us displeased with the appearance of her lower face and neck. She was a great candidate for a mini-facelift. She also expressed an interest in wanting her eyes to appear more open and less tired, so an upper blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) was performed to remove the hooding (excess skin) and open her eyes. A light C02... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Eyelid Lift Case 237 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #237

This 45-year-old man felt that he looked tired and angry, and wished to brighten the appearance of his eyes.  He underwent an upper blepharoplasty and a lower transconjunctival (fat only) blepharoplasty.  Photos taken 8 months later show a rested, refreshed appearance with a masculine eyelid shape. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Eyelid Lift Case 579 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #579

This is a woman in her 60's who was tired of the "heavy" feeling of her upper eyelids (as well as the fact that she was told she "looked tired" more often than not).  She had no other eyelid issues dysfunction or visual issues.  I advised a straightforward upper blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), during which a fair... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mini Brow Lift Case 708 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 grafting... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 888 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #888

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Eyelid Lift Case 719 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #719

\tThis is a 64 year old woman who wanted to freshen up her a 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 skin... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Facelift Case 498 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #498

This 62 year-old woman had already had corrective breast surgery in the form of an implant exchange and mastopexy with us several years prior, and apparently was pleased with her results.  She thereafter returned to us asking about her options for a facelift (or “rhytidectomy”), with a desire to improve her jowling and sagginess... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mini Facelift Case 226 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #226

This is a 52-year-old woman who felt that she looked sad and tired.  She underwent a Mini-facelift, lower blepharoplasty, and liposuction of her neck with Dr. Wolfe.  Photos were taken 7 months later, and show a refreshed, rested, and more attractive facial appearance. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Eyelid Lift Case 582 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #582

\tThis very nice 44 year-old woman (with a great South African accent) had already undergone a breast augmentation revision, and then returned to address the heaviness of her upper eyelids, and the fact that she felt she "looked tired"  all the time.  I advised her that, as is often performed in and around Denver, an eyelid lift... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mini Facelift Case 148 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #148

This patient came to see Dr. Vath to discuss facial rejuvenation, including eyelid lift and face lift. The Colorado woman was dissatisfied with her aged, tired appearance and concerned about extensive facial wrinkling and sagging neck skin. During the consultation, Dr. Vath evaluated her condition and recommended a combination mini... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 52 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #52

This is a 49 year old Denver female who underwent an upper and lower blepharoplasty.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Eyelid Lift Case 581 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #581

This 45 year-old woman had relatively earlier signs of peri-orbital aging, but with visible skin excess/folds of both her upper and lower lids, as well as early fatty herniation, especially of the lower lids.  I told her she was an excellent candidate for an upper and lower blepharoplasty, which indeed was performed (these photos being from 3 months... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Eyelid Lift Case 633 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (1 mo)
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Case #633

\tThis 38 year-old woman wished to have an eyelid lift in combination with her breast augmentation procedure.  These photos are from approximately 1 month following bilateral upper blepharoplasty to address significant upper eyelid heaviness/hooding. If you are interested in removing upper eyelid skin to reveal your clean natural creases,... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Eyelid Lift Case 577 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #577

\t55 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,... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mini Facelift Case 243 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #243

This is a 55 year old woman who simply wanted to look as youthful in the mirror as she felt.  She underwent a minifacelift, minibrowlift, and upper blepharoplasty in order to tighten her neck, define her jawline, lessen her facial wrinkles, and "open up" her eyes.  Post-operative pictures are from 5 weeks after surgery. ... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Facelift Case 147 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #147

This is a 51 year old Denver woman who felt that she always looked angry.  She also felt that her lower face and neck had dropped making her look older than she felt.  In her before pictures, it is evident that her brows are slightly low and her upper eyelids are not visible.  She also had some jowling obscuring her jaw defenition,... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 494 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 257 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #257

This is a 49 year old man who complained that he looked more tired than he felt. He decided to undergo a brow lift to elevate his heavy brow off of the upper lids. He also chose to have an upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck) to reduce the lax skin around his eyes. Post-operative pictures are from 2 weeks after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Facelift Case 155 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 muscles... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Mini Facelift Case 334 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 browlift,... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Brow Lift Case 154 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #154

This 52 year old woman complained of her angry, aged look to her upper face, specifically around her eyes.  She underwent a mini-browlift, upper belpharoplasty (upper  eyelid tuck), and lower transconjunctival blepharoplsty (fat pad removal).  Afterwards, her brows have a more youthful, attractive arch and more upper eyelid skin... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Facelift Case 65 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 them... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 580 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #580

\tThis is a 52 year-old woman who was interested in complete facial rejuvenation, following a lifetime of sun damage and general facial aging.  I advised her that she was an excellent candidate for a facelift to address the lower 2/3 (cheek and jowl areas) of her face, and to address her tired-looking eye areas, an upper blepharoplasty (eyelid... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mini Facelift Case 55 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #55

This is a 57-year-old woman who felt that she looked tired and sad.  Dr. Wolfe performed a facelift in conjunction with upper and lower blepharoplasties for a comprehensive facial rejuvenation.  Photos were taken 8 months after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Eyelid Lift Case 71 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #71

This is a 56 year old female who underwent an upper and lower lid blepharoplasty. Post-operative pictures are from 4 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 612 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #612

\t60 year-old female with a fair amount of  upper eyelid skin (as well as mild brow ptosis), approximately one month following an upper blepharoplasty performed under local anesthesia with light ("conscious") sedation in the surgical center. Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Eyelid Lift Case 388 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #388

This 64-year-old woman underwent a Mini-facelift and upper blepharoplasty. She is shown 2 months postoperatively with significant improvement in the shape of her lower face and upper eyelids.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Mini Facelift Case 250 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #250

This 66 year old woman did not like her jowls, saggy neck, and crowded eyelids.  She underwent a minifacelift, minibrowlift, and upper blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck).  After surgery, her jawline is more well-defined, her neck is tighter, her brows are in a more youthful, attractive position, and her upper eyelids are more visible.  Post-operative... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 532 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Mini Facelift Case 2 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 amount.  Many... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Eyelid Lift Case 209 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #209

This is a 67 year old Denver woman who complained about looking old, tired, and saggy around the eyes.  She underwent an upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck) to reduce the amount of excess, lax skin around her eyes.  Post-operative pictures are from 1 month after surgery.  After the blepharoplasty procedures, her eyes appear... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mini Facelift Case 459 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #459

This is a 59-year-old woman who felt that she looked tired and sad. She underwent a mini brow lift, mini facelift, lower blepharoplasty, tip rhinoplasty, and laser resurfacing treatment.  She is shown before and 2 months after her procedures with a brighter, more refreshed appearance. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Mini Facelift Case 153 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #153

This is a 66-year-old woman who sought to improvement of her face and eyelids.  She underwent a Mini-facelift and upper and lower blepharoplasties.  Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after surgery.  She has a noticeably more defined jawline and neck, and she has increased visibility of her upper eyelids giving her eyes... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Eyelid Lift Case 838 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #838

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Eyelid Lift Case 497 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 lateral... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mini Facelift Case 13 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 blepharoplasty. ... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Eyelid Lift Case 632 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #632

\t54 year-old woman who disliked her relatively tired or "angry" look, and especially wished to address the hooding of her upper eyelid areas.  She ultimately underwent upper and lower blepharoplasty (although she remains a good candidate for a browlift).  She also underwent excision of the mole of her right lower brow (photographs... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald

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

Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?

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.

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.

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.

Combination 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 Surgeon

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 an office just outside of Denver in lovely Golden, Colorado, and another located downtown in Cherry Creek, Denver.

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