Eyelid Surgery


Eyelid Surgery

eyelid surgery charlestonOur eyes are such an important facial feature, but they are often the first area of the face to show the signs of aging. The skin around the eyes is thin, making it especially prone to lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of elasticity.

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can reverse these signs of aging and bring back the youthful look you remember from years ago. Dr. Rodwell is experienced in both upper eyelid lifts and lower eyelid surgery to tighten the skin and eliminate bags and sagging tissue above and under the eyes. Eyelid surgery on the lower lids is especially intricate and requires a highly skilled surgeon like Dr. Rodwell.

You can choose to have upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both simultaneously. The overall result from an eyelid lift is a more refreshed, rested, and younger appearance.

Many patients choose to have a facelift or browlift at the same time as eyelid surgery to dial back the clock on the entire face. Others decide to have injectables/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.

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Why consider 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

Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Eyelid Surgery

It is extremely important to be conservative when performing eyelid surgery.  Dr. Rodwell’s goal is to always avoid distorting the shape of the eye or causing too much of a hollowed look.  This is true for women but especially important when performing eyelid surgery for men.  A good eyelid surgery result is one that is inconspicuous and provides a natural, rested, and brighter appearance to your face.

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

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

Your surgery will be highly individualized based on your anatomy and the results you wish, so the procedure can be as short as under an hour or as long as two to three hours. 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

Dr. Rodwell will give you full instructions for caring for your eye area after your surgery, and you will see him frequently for follow-up examinations. He will also suggest eye drops and medication for any mild discomfort to make your recovery period as easy as possible.

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You can expect to need up to 1 week off from work for healing, which will include some bruising, swelling, and/or eye dryness. You can use cool compresses and sleep with your head elevated for the first few days to reduce inflammation.

These symptoms will gradually subside until you will be able to see the final result of your surgery – a rested and younger looking you.


Out of a 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.

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