The Eyes Have It

Gazing deeply into his eyes, she knew her future…

Well, not if her droopy eyelids made him think she was mad or depressed or bored. The eyes are the windows to the soul, or so they say. But aging isn’t kind to these windows. Droopy lids, bags, fat deposits, puffiness. Where’s the window washer when you need one?

You can turn back the clock on your aging eyes with eyelid surgery from Dr. Lavey. Eyelid surgery is one of the most effective ways to turn back the clock and give yourself a refreshed, younger appearance.

Who’s right for eyelid surgery?

eyelid surgeryJust about everyone over the age of 45 could probably use eyelid surgery. There’s no way around the sagging that comes with age. The problem with eyelid aging is that it can give other people the wrong impression of you. Your eyes can make you look mad, sad, or tired. Removing the excess skin and puffiness can go a long way toward changing that.

Patients can’t have any active eye conditions such as macular degeneration when they have the surgery.

What’s the procedure like?

Blepharoplasty, the clinical name for eyelid surgery, can be done on just the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Dr. Lavey prefers his patients to be under general anesthesia for blepharoplasty.

Upper eyelid surgery almost always involves removal of excess skin. The incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid. On the lower eyelid, if there isn’t a need to remove skin, underlying fat and muscle usually needs to be repositioned. Dr. Lavey is particularly careful with fat, as removing too much can leave a hollowed look. If skin doesn’t need to be removed from the lower eyelid, the incision can be made within the eyelid, eliminating scarring.


Patients will have some bruising on both lids, more on the lower eyelid. Sutures are removed after five days. Recovery from eyelid surgery is really pretty easy, however, especially is the patient is diligent with the use of the cold compress we provide.

Most patients can return to work after just a week. And their co-workers wonder just why they look younger.

Want to do something about your droopy eyelids? Call Dr. Lavey at 925-820-3633 and schedule a consultation.

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