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Eyelid Lift

As we age, the skin on our eyelids can begin to lose elasticity and result in tired, droopy-looking eyes. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure that eliminates excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper and lower eyelids to make your eyes look well-rested and beautiful. Also, aging around the eyelids can result from loss of “fullness” due to the disappearance of fatty support. At Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery located in Birmingham, Alabama, we can perform blepharoplasty to give you a more youthful eye and facial appearance.


What Can Blepharoplasty Do for Me?

Youthful Eye Appearance

When too much skin hangs down in the upper eyelids, it can make you look tired and worn out. Wrinkles, fine lines, and folds around the eyes can also make you appear older than you are. Blepharoplasty can address these imperfections to restore a youthful and refreshed appearance.

Increased Field of Vision

Both men and women may lose some of their peripheral vision due to excess skin hanging over their upper eyelids. This can be especially dangerous while driving or participating in everyday activities. Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin to improve your field of vision.

Boost in Confidence

Many patients who struggle with excess skin and fat on their eyelids feel self-conscious about their facial appearance. Blepharoplasty can not only create aesthetically pleasing eyes, but it can also produce natural-looking results to boost your self-esteem.

What Are My Procedure Options?


Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation or light general anesthesia. We will determine the best choice of anesthesia for your procedure during your consultation.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery can address sagging skin, muscle laxity, and wrinkles in the upper eyelids. During your procedure, a small incision is made along the crease of the upper eyelid, and excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. The remaining tissue is then tightened and repositioned to create a rejuvenated look, and the incision is closed using surgical sutures.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery reduces the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness, and under-eye bags. During your procedure, an incision is placed on the inside of the lower eyelid, and excess fat is removed or redistributed to reduce bags. If needed, an incision just below the lash line is used to trim excess skin and produce a more rested facial appearance. The incision is then closed using surgical sutures.



Following your surgery, you will experience swelling and bruising that should resolve after a few days. Placing a cold compress on the treated area can help minimize the swelling. Be sure to avoid all strenuous activities for a few weeks or unless instructed otherwise. Most patients feel ready to return to work within two weeks depending on the nature of their job.


Scarring will vary based on the technique but generally the eyelids heal with virtually undetectable scars. Any scars that develop will be concealed within the natural creases of the eyelids. More noticeable scars can be easily hidden with makeup and will likely fade over time.


The total cost of your eyelid surgery will vary based on factors such as anesthesia fees, surgical fees, techniques used, and the amount of correction needed. You will be provided a detailed price sheet during your consultation to determine the best plan to achieve your aesthetic needs.


Most patients report a little soreness for a day or so but no real pain. However, you may experience sensitivity to light, which can make certain activities like watching television or being in bright sun uncomfortable.



My thought was, for a muscle that works up and down thousands of times a day, why was it sagging? Also, I had never worn eye makeup/eyeshadow that would have led me to “tug” at my eyelids everyday washing my face. I’ve been gentle to my skin. I’ve taken care of my body. I work at a dermatologist’s office, so I use the best, scientifically proven skincare products. The only thing I did not do right over time, was to apply sunscreen to my eyelids. Anyway. at 53 years old, the elasticity of my eyelids was nonexistent. I was very self-conscious about the extra skin. I watched YOUTube videos about how to camouflage my eyelids. When I saw the suggestion to use TAPE for my eyelids, I knew I had to see a plastic surgeon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are in good health and have realistic expectations regarding their results. Patients who suffer from dry eyes, glaucoma, and hyperthyroidism may not be good candidates. You will also be asked to refrain from smoking for a few weeks before and after your procedure.

You can expect long-lasting results that will make your eyes look beautiful and younger. Final results will become apparent a few months after your procedure.

As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks involved with blepharoplasty. These may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Blindness
  • Change in shape of the lid margin
  • Need for revision surgery

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