We’ve all heard the old saying that eyes are the windows to the soul. They can also be the key to reducing many of the most common signs of facial aging. Considering their naturally expressive nature and their prominent location on the face, our eyes are often the first thing other people notice when they look at us. So it stands to reason that refreshing the appearance of the eyes can work wonders to help improve a person’s overall appearance and self-confidence. To help reinforce the difference that eyelid surgery can make for anyone trying to look and feel younger, I have answered a few common questions about the procedure below.

Question #1: Is eyelid surgery the same thing as a brow lift?

No, these are different cosmetic procedures intended to correct different aesthetic issues. Brow lift surgery is meant to help people 

who need improved eyebrow placement, experience wrinkles, sagging skin, and other issues in the area above the eyes (eyebrows and forehead). Eyelid surgery is performed to address tired-looking, droopy eyelids and excess skin above the eyes or bags and/or excess skin on the lower lids by removing pockets of fat and excess skin from the upper and/or eyelids. Many patients have been able to achieve even greater results by combining eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery into one procedure, but this approach may not be right for everyone.

Question #2: What are the most common ages that people undergo eyelid surgery?

According to statistics collected by the Aesthetic Society, essentially all eyelid surgery procedures in the US last year were performed on three distinct age brackets: 35-50 (23%), 51-64 (51%), and 65+ (24%). However, there are exceptions to this and some people under the age of 35 may also be great candidates for eyelid surgery.

Question #3: Will there be scarring around my eyes following eyelid surgery?

Technically every kind of surgery will leave some degree of post-surgery scarring. However, visible scarring after eyelid surgery is typically extremely minimal. These scars are easy to conceal since incisions are made within the natural creases of the upper eyelid and are often hidden within the inside of the lower lid in many cases. Additionally, the skin of the eyelid heals faster than just about anywhere else on the body due to how thin this skin is, so scars will almost always completely fade with time.  

Eyelid surgery has remained one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women due to its incredible ability to help just about anyone looks younger and more rejuvenated. If you think you might be a good candidate for the procedure, you owe it to yourself to check out all of your available options. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional plastic surgery tips, news, and so much more.