Eyelid Surgery

The eyes are the central focus of the face. They draw our attention and convey how we feel to those around us. Unfortunately, they are also often the first facial features to show signs of aging. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a surgical procedure we offer in Charlotte, NC, for men and women from the Lake Norman area such as Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson; Lake Wylie communities including Tega Cay and India Hook; Belmont; Indian Trail; and other nearby cities who choose to rejuvenate their eyes and enjoy a more rested appearance that reflects how they really feel inside.

Through their collaborative two-surgeon partnership, Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz give the eyelids a revitalized and youthful contour while preserving a look that is uniquely and naturally you.

Eyelid Surgery
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Before & After Eyelid Surgery Case 97 Front View in Charlotte, NC
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Upper Blepharoplasty

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Deep Plane Facelift, Bilateral Upper Blepharoplasty, Bilateral Lower Blepharoplasty - Before
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Deep Plane Facelift, Bilateral Upper Blepharoplasty, Bilateral Lower Blepharoplasty

An extended deep plane facelift was performed with beautiful rejuvenation of the midface, lower face, and neck.  These photos were taken 4 months after surgery.  The patient, Dr. Garcia, and Dr. Surowitz are thrilled with her results.  Read More

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Before & After Neck Lift Case 13 Left Oblique View in Charlotte, NC
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Necklift, Facelift, Upper Blepharoplasty, Lower Blepharoplasty, Otoplasty

This gentleman wished to address his facial and neck aging, upper and lower eyelid aging, and prominent ears.  Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz treated him with a deep plane face and neck lift, upper blepharoplasty (not shown), lower blepharoplasty, and otoplasty.  He is very pleased with his natural results.  Read More

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Lower Blepharoplasty - Before
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Lower Blepharoplasty

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Before & After Facelift Case 50 Front View in Charlotte, NC
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Deep Plane Facelift, Bilateral Upper Blepharoplasty, Bilateral Earlobe Reduction

This patient wished to rejuvenate her face and neck.  Drs. Garcia and Surowitz performed a deep plane facelift to restore youthful volume to her cheeks, remove her jowls, create definition of her jawline, tighten and improve the contour of her neck.   Read More

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Before & After Eyelid Surgery Case 96 Front View in Charlotte, NC
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Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty

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Before & After Facelift Case 92 Front View in Charlotte, NC
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Deep Plane Facelift, Browlift, and Quad Blepharoplasty

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Before & After Facelift Case 95 Front View in Charlotte, NC
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Deep Plane Facelift & Upper Blepharoplasty

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What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids or both. Our surgeons customize each procedure to meet a patient’s specific needs, but eyelid surgery often addresses the following concerns:

  • Descent (drooping) of the upper eyelids
  • Fullness or bulging of the fat in the lower eyelids
  • Hollowing of the tear troughs, which appear as dark circles

These changes often occur with age, but they can also be hereditary and occur in younger people.

Who Is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Many men and women considering eyelid surgery believe they appear older or more tired than they actually feel because of sagging eyelids or dark circles under the eyes. Other eyelid surgery candidates are younger but may have inherited traits, such as excess fat bulges below the eyes, that they want to correct. Good candidates for eyelid surgery—or any other cosmetic plastic surgery procedure—are in good overall health, are non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the results.

What Is the Difference Between Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty?

Depending on your goals, your procedure may include an upper eyelid lift, a lower eyelid lift, or both. Here’s how they differ:

  • Upper blepharoplasty addresses drooping upper eyelids, sometimes even improving obstructed vision.
  • Lower blepharoplasty removes puffy bags and fills in hollow tear troughs as needed to create a smooth transition between the eye area and the cheek.

Both approaches involve incisions hidden along natural creases in your eyelids, leaving you with little to no visible scarring.

Many people also experience some sagging in the brows and forehead that adds to the look of hooded upper eyelids. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz may recommend addressing all of these concerns in one surgery by combining your blepharoplasty with a brow lift.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Charlotte, NC?

The cost of eyelid surgery at our Charlotte facial plastic surgery practice varies from person to person depending on the complexity of the surgery, whether it is combined with other facial procedures, and other factors. At your private consultation, we’ll provide you with a personalized pricing estimate.

Meet Our Surgeons

Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery combines the expertise of two dual board-certified, fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeons for unparalleled patient care. Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz offer a unique collaborative approach to facial plastic surgery, working as a compassionate and highly trained duo to bring out the very best in you.

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Why Choose Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery for Your Eyelid Surgery?

Dual board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz have dedicated their skills to performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, eyes, ears, neck, and nose. As specialists in facial rejuvenation, they have comprehensive training in the subtle nuances of eyelid surgery.

Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz have extensively studied the complexities of the eyes and their proportions in relation to the rest of the face. Their knowledge and years of experience with facial rejuvenation allow them to approach each patient as an individual with unique needs and desires. Our surgeons pride themselves on delivering long-lasting, natural-looking results and doing so with warmth, compassion, and a personal touch.

What our clients have to say

They are so good, I drove all the way from Atlanta, GA, to have this procedure done.

I am SO HAPPY with the results, and I’m so very grateful for the doctors that genuinely cared for me and fixed my eyelids! I do not look like I have “had work done,” but instead, I look refreshed.

5 star review

- M. Hamilton

What Is Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?

Each patient’s eyelid surgery recovery is unique and depends on the specific procedure performed and how quickly someone typically heals. If the surgery involves a local anesthetic instead of a general anesthetic, your recovery probably will occur more quickly. Here’s a general timeline that provides a glimpse of what to expect:

  • Immediately after surgery: You can expect mild pain, swelling, and bruising. Medication will help you manage any discomfort. A family member or friend should drive you home and remain with you.
  • Day 2 to 3: We recommend icing the treatment area for several minutes each hour to reduce swelling. It also helps to keep your head elevated and avoid salty foods. Your surgeon will schedule a follow-up appointment to check the progress of your healing.
  • Day 3 to 5: Some patients may feel they can return to work after 5 days of recovery, but most people take a week to 2 weeks off after getting eyelid surgery. Bruising and swelling may still be quite prominent at this stage.
  • Day 7 to 14: The surgeon removes your sutures. About a week after your stitches are removed, you will be able to start wearing makeup again.
  • The next few weeks: Avoid strenuous exercise until you are cleared for rigorous activities by your surgeon. The swelling and bruising should be resolved during this time.

Commonly Combined Procedures

Many people enhance their eyelid surgery results with other facial rejuvenation or contouring procedures, including:

In some cases, you may be able to combine your eyelid surgery with these procedures in the same surgical session. In other cases, it may be better to stage the procedures over time.

Are There Nonsurgical Alternatives to Eyelid Surgery?

Surgery is typically the best way to lift the eyelids and remove puffy bags with long-term results. However, you do have several nonsurgical eye rejuvenation options:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: BOTOX smooths away crow’s feet, frown lines between the brows, and can produce a subtle brow lift.
  • Dermal fillers: These injectable gels fill in hollow tear troughs and disguise the edges of lower eyelid bags.

These treatments also work wonderfully to enhance or maintain your blepharoplasty results after surgery.

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Eyelid Surgery FAQ

How painful is eyelid surgery?

Patients typically have swelling and bruising after surgery but not significant pain. Most are sore for the first few days and take over-the-counter pain relievers.

What’s the best age to have blepharoplasty?

Adults of all ages can be good candidates for blepharoplasty. People in their 40s and up often have the procedure to restore a refreshed appearance. Younger eyelid surgery patients usually want to correct hereditary concerns.  

Are you awake during eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can be performed with the patient awake when the surgery is straightforward and the patient is in favor of it.

How long will my results last?

Depending on your age at the time of surgery, the quality of your skin, and how consistent you are with sun protection, upper eyelid surgery can last about 5 to 7 years, and lower eyelid surgery results can last indefinitely.

Can upper eyelid surgery help with hooded eyes?

Yes. Blepharoplasty can correct eyelid hooding and improve peripheral vision by removing lax upper eyelid skin. When a heavy brow contributes to hooding, the patient may also need a brow lift.

Will I have noticeable scars?

Our surgeons place the eyelid surgery incisions in the upper eyelid crease, inside the lower eyelid, or along the lower lash line so the scars are not noticeable.

Request Your Consultation

If you would like to meet with our Charlotte eyelid surgery specialists to learn more about rejuvenating your eyes, please request your consultation online or call (980) 949-6544.

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