Dr. Waheed Mohamed

Medically reviewed by Dr. Waheed Mohamed

With plastic surgery, even a seemingly minor intervention can have an outsized impact on your physical appearance. For example, the eyelid is a small part of your face, yet it can make your entire countenance seem tired or fatigued when that eyelid is saggy or droopy. Tightening the eyelids can have a powerful rejuvenating effect, allowing you to look youthful and refreshed.

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, may correct several cosmetic issues. One of the most common questions we hear about eyelid surgery is whether it can alter the shape of the eyes. Learn about what this procedure can achieve and whether it can help you meet specific aesthetic goals.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

With blepharoplasty, your surgeon will carefully remove excess skin and tissue from the eyelids, pulling the remaining skin tight. Removing excess skin can eliminate drooping, sagging, and bagginess under the eyes.

Blepharoplasty is effective on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or in some cases both.

What Can Eyelid Surgery Treat?

Blepharoplasty can address the following:

  • Loose and saggy skin that distorts the contour of your eye, or that impairs your field of vision.
  • Fatty deposits, appearing as puffiness or as bags underneath the eyes.
  • Drooping lower lids that reveal the white of the eye, below the iris.
  • Extra skin or wrinkles on the lower eyelids.

During your consultation, your surgeon will examine your eyelids, ask questions about your medical history, and confirm your eligibility for a safe and successful procedure.

Will Eyelid Surgery Change the Shape of the Eye?

Eyelid surgery typically does not change the shape of the eyes. If the skin is very loose, your surgeon may recommend a lid-tightening procedure and blepharoplasty to tighten the lower eyelid. During your consultation, you can discuss your aesthetic goals in detail and determine the best treatment plan.

Explore the Possibilities of Eyelid Surgery

At Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, our surgeons are always happy to discuss different options to achieve your aesthetic goals, including opportunities to tighten, rejuvenate, or reshape the eyelids. Learn more about eyelid surgery and discover your treatment options.