Taking the Age Out of Your Eyes

Taking the Age Out of Your Eyes

The eyes have it. While this is a take on the usual “ayes have it” that you might hear in the Austin Statehouse, it is really true — the eyes do have it. When meeting a new person, most people say the first thing they notice are the person’s eyes.

So, what are your eyes saying about you? The skin around our eyes is among the first to show signs of aging. That’s because the skin around our eyes is some of the thinnest on the entire human body, plus it is exposed most of the time to sun damage and environmental factors. If you add some fat accumulation, the loosening skin that is a part of aging, and other issues, your eyes can present a droopy, saggy, puffy, wrinkly countenance to the world. They can make you look older than your actual years.

Blepharoplasty (the clinical term for eyelid surgery) with Dr. Michelle Carlotti can take a decade or more 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.

Every year blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in Austin and worldwide because its results are dramatic, yet at the same time subtle. Some cosmetic procedures such as a facelift or breast augmentation create more dramatic results that people will notice. But eyelid surgery is subtle. After you’ve had eyelid surgery most people won’t know you’ve had surgery, only that your appearance somehow seems younger and refreshed.

Is eyelid surgery right for me?

Eyelid surgery is popular with both women and men. Why is this? Aging eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look older. Each year more and more men are opting to have blepharoplasty to maintain a younger appearance when competing in the workplace.

Eyelid surgery

Dr. Carlotti can perform eyelid surgery 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, Dr. Carlotti makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. She then tightens the muscle tissue, repositions the fat, and removes excess skin. Dr. Carlotti pays special attention to fat in the eye area. She prefers to usually reposition the fat, as removing too much fat can give the person a hollowed out appearance.

In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash or inside the eyelid. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.


Recovery from eyelid surgery with Dr. Carlotti is not difficult. After the procedure, we’ll cover your eyelids with light gauze. We’ll provide 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 will possibly be some residual swelling, but that quickly diminishes.

Dr. Carlotti has extensive experience with blepharoplasty. Trust her to turn back the clock on your aging eyes. Call our Austin office at (512) 688-8000 or our Scottsdale office at (480) 947-7700 to schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery.

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