5 Questions to Ask About Eyelid Surgery

How to get the natural, younger-looking eyes you want.

Eyelid SurgeryLet’s face it. Our eyes age right along with the rest of our face. Loose, sagging upper lids and puffy, undereye bags can make us look tired, unhappy and older than our years. The good news is that eyelid surgery is one of the fastest-healing of all facial rejuvenation procedures and can deliver outstanding results.

So, how do you get the younger but also natural-looking eyes you want? Before having eyelid surgery, visit several facial cosmetic surgeons to understand what they believe constitutes good results, ensuring you and the surgeon are of the same mindset. Ask to see photos of their work, or ask if you might speak directly to some of the surgeon’s patients.

Whether it’s your upper lids, lower lids or both that are bothering you, here are 5 questions to help guide your conversation with the surgeon.

How do you get rid of heavy, droopy upper eyelids?

The typical upper eyelid surgery procedure (upper blepharoplasty) involves the surgeon artfully making a very skinny incision in the natural crease of the upper lid, removing extra skin and fat and closing the incision. Placing the incision in the natural crease ensures it is almost entirely invisible once healed. In some cases, patients may also need dermal fillers in the upper lid to restore natural fullness lost in this area due to the aging process. And, Botox injections might also be suggested to lessen or eliminate squint lines at the corners of the eyes. THE GOAL: Natural, brighter, younger-looking eyes (NEVER a pulled or startled look).

What’s the secret to getting rid of the bags under my eyes?

Lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) may be recommended for removing the puffy bags under the eyes. Dermal fillers specially designated for the thin and fragile skin in the undereye area also may be indicated for filling out the hollows and smoothing fine lines. THE GOAL: A smoother undereye area (NEVER a hollowed-out look).

Do you take a different approach to eyelid surgery for a man versus a woman?

If it’s natural results you want, this is a critical question to ask. A man’s eye area (eye and brow) is typically straighter across and with the brow lower than a woman’s eye area. To maintain that masculine look, it is important the surgeon not remove too much of the skin and fat in the upper lid which could feminize the eye. THE GOAL: Younger, refreshed looking eyes that turn back the clock without changing the patient’s natural eye shape.

How long is the healing process after eyelid surgery?

Patients will be asked to apply ice to the affected eye area for about 15-20 minutes, three times a day for the first two days post-procedure. The round eye gel packs you keep chilled in the freezer work beautifully and can easily be found at your pharmacy or online. Sutures dissolve on their own so there’s no worry about suture removal. Most patients are out and about within 3-4 days post-procedure donning sunglasses to protect against squinting. You should not touch, rub or pull on your eyes for two-three weeks post-procedure, including not applying eye makeup or eye makeup remover. TIP: If you wear prescription glasses or contacts, you might want to have a pair of prescription sunglasses to use during your healing period.


To ensure you get the most out of your eyelid surgery, protect your eyes from the sun by wearing quality sunglasses not just in the summer but year-round. A high-quality eye cream that moisturizes the tender skin around the eyes, encourages the production of collagen and elastin, and nourishes the eye area to retain resiliency and firmness is also important. TIP: As with any facial rejuvenation procedure, healthy habits such as eating a good diet, getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and not smoking are essential to keeping your eyes looking their best.

NOTE: Upper and/or lower eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH is done under strictly local anesthesia to eliminate the risks and longer healing time associated with general anesthesia. Patients are provided some light sedation and are kept entirely comfortable throughout the blepharoplasty which takes less than an hour. Because of the light sedation, patients need someone to drive them to and from their procedure, but most patients are comfortable driving again at about 48 hours post-procedure.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts/necklifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, laser skin resurfacing, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490