Lose the Sagging Eyes

Sagging isn’t really appreciated much anywhere. Not on a soufflé, and certainly not on your eyelids. But due to the thin skin on your eyelids and around your eyes (some of the thinnest on the entire human body), the eyelids and surrounding skin sag. And that can make you look years older.

But you don’t have to put up with it. Blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at UMass Memorial can take a decade and 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.

Beyond the satisfaction of your younger looking eyes and face, eyelid surgery is also satisfying because people won’t know you’ve had it. The results are dramatic, yet at the same time subtle. This sounds like hype, but it’s true. Despite taking from 10 to 15 years off your facial age, the scars are well hidden, and people will have no idea you’ve had surgery. They’ll simply see your eyes and face somehow look younger, refreshed, and more alert.

Would eyelid surgery help me?

Eyelid surgery is one procedure that is popular with both women and men. Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no bias by sex — they make everyone look much older! A trend in the aesthetic industry is for more and more men to have eyelid surgery to maintain a younger appearance when competing in the workplace. Overall, eyelid surgery is the second most popular facial cosmetic surgery after rhinoplasty (nose surgery).

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, your UMass Memorial surgeon makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. He or she then tightens the muscle tissue, repositions the fat, and removes excess skin. In recent years, the trend has been not to remove much fat in this area as it can leave the patient with a hollow look. Fat is usually repositioned to maintain a natural look. 

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, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.


Eyelid surgery does not dictate an extensive recovery. 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 just three or four days your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger! There can be some residual swelling, but it usually is gone within 10 days.

Who wants eyes that age their entire face? Uh, no one. Call the experienced surgeons at UMass Memorial at (508) 334-5990 and set up a consultation for eyelid surgery.

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