Eyelid Surgery Gives Drooping Lids a Whole New Look

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Drooping eyelids can make you look tired and older. Excess skin on the eyelids is typically a result of the normal aging process. If you are bothered by your sagging eyelids, you can opt for eyelid surgery to find relief.


Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) is a procedure to correct droopy eyelids. It can also provide relief from eyelid puffiness, bags under the eyes, and fine wrinkles on the eyelids.

To perform the surgery, Dr. Salas first makes very small incisions. For the upper lid, the incision is right on the crease where the eyelid meets the area under the brow. The incision for the lower lid is typically made right below the lashes.

Through these incisions, the surgeon removes excess skin to reduce drooping and tightens the muscle tissue and loose skin. Fat deposits may be removed or repositioned to reduce puffiness.

For the lower lid, your surgeon may opt for an advanced technique known as the transconjunctival incision. For this technique, the incision is made on the inner portion of the lower lid instead of the outside of the lid. When this technique is used, skin removal is not involved, only lower-lid puffiness.

Once the tissues have been adjusted to achieve the patient’s aesthetic goals, the incisions are closed with stitches.


The recovery period after eyelid surgery can take seven to ten days. Dr. Salas can prescribe ointments to use on the eyelids and may recommend the application of cold compresses. During this time, patients will need to protect their eyes from heavy sun exposure and wind, so sunblock and sunglasses will be necessary. Any strenuous physical activity should be avoided for a time.

Once the post-surgical swelling subsides, patients can see the results of the surgery. Eyelids look youthful and smooth again, wrinkles and puffiness have disappeared, and the eyes look fresh and well-rested. The entire face appears rejuvenated.


The eyelid skin is fine and delicate. Because of this, it is very prone to sagging as you age. If not corrected, the problem can aggravate with time; the eyelid skin can continue to lose its elasticity and accumulate as excess skin folds on the lids.

Not only can sagging eyelids affect your looks, they can also obstruct vision in some instances. Eyelid surgery is the only effective solution to get rid of excess skin on the lids and tighten sagging muscles for a more youthful look.

Excess bulging fat can also accumulate in the eyelids. This can occur due to aging as the skin becomes thin and is unable to hold the fat in place. Topical products are not effective for these stubborn fat deposits; the only thing that can help is eyelid surgery.

Older people aren’t the only ones who must deal with eyelid droopiness and bulges – they can also appear in younger people because of hereditary reasons. If you are in good health, you can have surgery to rejuvenate your eyelids at any age.


Take the first step to rejuvenated eyelids – contact the office of Dr. R. Emerick Salas, a board-certified plastic surgeon, and arrange a consultation. Dr. Salas will examine your eyelids in order to determine if this surgery is the ideal choice for meeting your beauty goals.