What is an Eyelid Lift?

The skin of our eyelids is thin and delicate, which makes it especially susceptible to signs of aging. Aging eyelids and sagging drooping eyelids skin can make a person appear tired, angry, or old. If you are bothered by the appearance of your eyelids and would like to achieve a rejuvenated appearance, an eyelid lift may be an effective solution.

An eyelid lift can address:

  • Sagging and lax skin on the upper eyelid.
  • Puffiness in the lower eyelids.
  • Bags under the eyes.
  • Droopy lower eyelids.
  • Wrinkles on the lower lid.


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Who is a Candidate?

If you are tired of people mistaking you are tired or upset, if your upper eyelids are impairing your line of vision, or if you are bothered by the appearance of your eyelids, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. Individuals who are nonsmokers with realistic expectations are often the happiest with their results. If you would like to discuss whether an eyelid lift is the right treatment for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.

The Eyelid Lift Procedure

This procedure can be performed using IV sedation or general anesthesia; the choice that is right for you will be recommended by your surgeon. There are a number of different techniques that can be used to achieve each patient’s goals, including upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

An incision will be created along the natural crease of the eyelid. This allows for Dr. Willis to reposition and remove fat deposits, remove excess skin, and tighten underlying muscles.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

An incision will be created inside of the lower eyelid or just below the lower lash line. This allows for fat repositioning and removal to achieve the desired results.


Eyelid lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, so you can have a friend or family member drive you home afterward to heal. You may be given eye lubricant to put on your eyes and swelling and bruising are expected. However, cold compresses and keeping your head elevated can help to alleviate swelling and bruising. We will give you specific instructions regarding how to care for your surgical sites during recovery to ensure the best results.  Your eyelid surgery results will appear over time as bruising and swelling subside. Most people are able to return to work after 10-14 days, depending on the nature of their jobs.

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If you are ready to take the first step toward more youthful-looking eyes, contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville, VA to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Willis will speak with you regarding your anti-aging goals to determine the right treatment option for you.

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