Eyelid Lift


Eyelid Lift

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Our eyes are such an important facial feature. Unfortunately, they are often the first to show the effects of aging. The skin becomes thin around the eyes, making it especially prone to lines, wrinkles, sagging, and loss of elasticity.

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty helps to reverse these signs of aging and restore youthful facial beauty. Dr. Rodwell has many years of experience performing upper and lower blepharoplasty to tighten the skin and eliminate bags and sagging tissue above and below the eyes. Blepharoplasty on the lower lids is especially intricate and requires the skill of a board-certified plastic surgeon, for safe and effective results.

You can choose to have upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or combine the two in one surgery session. Blepharoplasty results create a refreshed, rested, and youthful appearance.

Many patients choose to have a facelift or browlift at the same time as eyelid surgery to completely rejuvenate their facial appearance. Others decide to have injectables and fillers to take care of any remaining lines and wrinkles around the eyes. These fillers can also add volume to tear troughs or hollows under the eyes.

To learn more about blepharoplasty, contact Charleston Plastic Surgery at (843) 628-1415 or schedule a consultation today!

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Why Patients Consider an Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Upper eyelid surgery can:

  • Correct drooping upper eyelids
  • Remove puffy tissue above the eyes
  • Smooth lines and wrinkles around the eyes

Lower eyelid surgery can:

  • Eliminate puffy bags under the eyes
  • Correct a drooping lower eyelid and loose skin

The Cosmetic Benefits of an Eyelid Lift

  • Patients look years younger
  • Others may perceive you as friendlier and more approachable
  • Creates a fresh aesthetic, so you always look well-rested
  • It makes it easier to apply makeup to the upper eyelids

Eyelid Surgery Techniques


This is Dr. Rodwell’s preferred approach for the lower eyelids. The transconjunctival technique uses an incision hidden inside the lower eyelid allowing fat bags to be treated directly without weakening the muscle support of the lower eyelid.

Skin Pinch

Many patients have loose skin on the lower eyelids. The skin pinch technique involves a small incision within the natural creases of the lower eyelid and can be used alone for loose skin removal or combined with other techniques to reduce fat bags.

Upper Eyelid

Meticulous attention to detail is critical when planning the upper eyelid incision and deciding on the areas to treat. Excess upper lid skin and fat are the primary concerns, but your consultation will also involve a careful analysis of brow position.

Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Eyelid Lifts

When performing eyelid surgery, it is extremely important to take a conservative approach.  Dr. Rodwell’s goal is to avoid distorting the shape of the eye or causing a hollowed look.  This is crucial when performing blepharoplasty for both men and women.  Successful blepharoplasty results are inconspicuous and provide a natural, rested, and brighter appearance.

Dr. Rodwell places the incision for upper eyelid surgery in the crease of the eyelid where it will remain hidden in the natural creases as it heals. He then removes the excess skin and fat, so the area is tighter, taking care to create a natural-looking result.

For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Rodwell typically places the incision inside the lower lid in what is called a transconjunctival technique, but he may place the incision just under the lower lashes in certain situations. In either case, there is no obvious scar when healing is complete.

Your surgical plan is individualized based on your anatomy and your desired goals. Surgery typically lasts from an hour to three hours, depending on the work necessary for your unique circumstances. In most cases, the surgery can be performed using a local anesthetic and mild sedation or under general anesthesia based on your comfort level.


What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Dr. Rodwell provides instructions for caring for the eye area after surgery and the frequency of follow up appointments for examinations and assessments. He will also suggest eye drops and medication, so your recovery will be as comfortable as possible.

You should expect to take one week off from work after surgery. You should also expect some bruising, swelling, and dryness. Cold compresses will help with swelling, and you should sleep and relax with your head elevated initially to help reduce inflammation.

As these symptoms gradually subside, you will be able to see the result of your surgery: a rested and younger looking you.

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Why Dr. Rodwell?

Choosing the right surgeon is important to enjoying optimal results in the safest manner possible. Dr. David Rodwell is board-certified and is a Charleston’s Choice Best Plastic Surgeon winner. He has extensive training and experience with blepharoplasty.

With a focus on facial plastic surgery, Dr. Rodwell has performed countless procedures for residents in the Greater Charleston area. His expertise, compassionate approach, extensive qualifications, and stress-free demeanor will put you at ease immediately. He is committed to creating the best possible results for you.

If you are considering eyelid surgery, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your options.

Notice Regarding Patient Photos

Out of profound respect for the privacy of our patients, we do not publish a full gallery of before and after patient photographs on the internet. Representative photographs from actual patients are available for review in the office during your consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At what age should a patient consider eyelid surgery? 

Although there is no set age for when blepharoplasty should be performed, most patients are over the age of 30.  If excess skin and fat in the area or a tired-looking appearance develops before this age, treatment may be recommended earlier.

Will an eyelid surgery remove my crow’s feet?

Eyelid surgery is designed to remove excess skin and fat, tighten lids, and remove undereye bags. This may have a mild effect on surrounding lines and wrinkles; however, other procedures like Botox and fillers are often recommended to smooth lines around the delicate skin of the eyes.

When should I see my results?

When swelling subsides you should notice a distinct difference in skin firmness at the treatment area(s). You should begin noticing your results within a couple of weeks after surgery.

Are there risks involve with blepharoplasty?

As with all surgery, eyelid lifts do come with potential complications, such as dry eye. Having a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon perform blepharoplasty is crucial to creating best possible outcomes.

Risks include blurred or double vision, swelling at the corner, milia (tiny whiteheads), asymmetry, and excess scarring. Most complications are temporary, but if they persist, you should contact your surgeon.