Are Your Sagging Eyelids Scaring People?

At this time of year, everyone is into scaring people. But are you doing this inadvertently with the sagging, hanging skin on your eyelids?

Unfortunately, te skin around the eyes is some of the first on the face to show the signs of aging. The skin in this area is among the thinnest on the entire human body, and sun and environmental damage shows itself all too easily. Plus, fat deposits, loosening skin, and other issues can leave a person with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes, and with it, a much older appearance.

Blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, with the team of Dr. Michelle and Albert Carlotti can take years, if not decades, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.

Beyond the benefits of taking up to a decade off your face, eyelid surgery is subtle. That’s another reason why it is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. After you’ve had Drs. Carlotti perform your surgery and have taken the week or so to recover, people will feel you look somehow younger and more refreshed. But they’ll have no idea why. Unlike facelifts and breast surgery, eyelid surgery is a subtle fountain of youth. If only Ponce de Leon had known about eyelid surgery at Austin Cosmetic Surgery.

Is eyelid surgery right for me?

Unlike most cosmetic procedures, eyelid surgery is equally popular with both sexes. After all, drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. In fact, each year more and more men in Austin are opting to have blepharoplasty to maintain a younger appearance when competing in the workplace.

Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your personal condition. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, we make a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. We then remove excess bulging fat pads around the eye or possibly overly developed and bunching muscle tissue. This involves taking into account the way your upper eyelid folds. You may think you could remove all of the “extra” skin you perceive, but this cannot be done without causing issues with the eyelid being able to properly close. We’ll tighten the muscle tissue, reposition fat, and remove excess skin as fits your individual situation. Special attention is paid to the fat because removing too much fat can leave a hollowed out appearance.

In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision inside the lower lid. This is usually the case when the goal is only to remove fat pads. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area. Sagging lower lid rims with dry or tearing eyes can also be addressed with support procedures to bring the lower lid back into normal position against the eye to improve eye function and comfort.


Eyelid surgery with the Drs. Carlotti has a relatively easy recovery period. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After a week, your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger!

There’s a reason eyelid surgery is popular across the globe — it works and delivers impressive, yet subtle, results. Are you interested? Call us at Austin Cosmetic Surgery, (512) 688-8000 in our Lakeway office, or (4870) 947-7700 in our Scottsdale office, to schedule a consultation.

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