All About the Eyelid Lift

Facial rejuvenation is all about creating a refreshed, youthful appearance, and the eyes are an excellent place to start. Drooping, sagging eyelids can rapidly age your look, as this downward movement often creates a tired expression that causes men and women alike to feel self-conscious. Dr. Cabin’s eyelid lift procedures combat these issues, increasing your confidence and restoring your youthful appearance. Keep reading to learn all about the eyelid lift, the difference between upper and lower lift procedures, and how to determine if the procedure is right for you. 

All About the Eyelid Lift

Medically known as blepharoplasty, an eyelid lift is a surgical procedure designed to target signs of aging or fatigue by addressing excess skin, fat, and, in some cases, muscle from the eyelid area. The goal is to create a more youthful, alert appearance. Dr. Cabin offers two forms of blepharoplasty – upper and lower – each tailored to the patient’s unique needs and desired outcomes. 

Upper Vs. Lower Eyelid Lifts

While both upper and lower eyelid lifts aim to rejuvenate the eye area, they address different concerns and areas. The upper eyelid lift focuses on the upper part of the eyes, primarily targeting sagging or drooping skin that can give a tired or aged appearance. It’s about enhancing the eye’s openness and reducing the heaviness of the upper lids.

In contrast, the lower eyelid lift concentrates on the area beneath the eyes. This procedure is key for diminishing under-eye bags, puffiness, and excess skin that contribute to a weary or aged look. It’s particularly effective in smoothing and revitalizing the lower eye contour.

Upper and lower eyelid lifts are often performed together for several reasons:

Comprehensive Rejuvenation

This approach addresses aging signs in both the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously, providing a more balanced and comprehensive rejuvenation of the eye area.


Combining the procedures can be more cost-effective than having two separate surgeries. This is because you only have to pay for the operating room, anesthesia, and other surgical costs once.


It’s more convenient for the patient as it requires only one period of preparation and one recovery period, as opposed to two separate ones if the surgeries were done at different times.

Reduced Overall Downtime

While the recovery from a combined procedure might be slightly longer than a single blepharoplasty, it is generally shorter than the total downtime if both procedures were performed separately.

Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty with a Browlift

Lower Blepharoplasty

Who is a Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?

Identifying the right candidates for an eyelid lift is crucial for achieving optimal results. Dr. Cabin focuses on several key factors during the consultation process to determine suitability for these transformative procedures.

Experiencing Signs of Aging or Functional Issues 

Ideal candidates often seek to correct age-related changes such as drooping eyelids, under-eye bags, or hollowness. Additionally, those experiencing functional issues like impaired vision due to sagging upper eyelids may also benefit.

Healthy Facial Tissues and Muscles

Candidates should have healthy facial tissues and muscles. This ensures that the procedure can be performed safely and effectively, leading to more natural and lasting results.

Realistic Expectations

It’s essential for candidates to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery. Understanding what the procedure can and cannot achieve helps in achieving satisfaction with the results.

Overall Health and Lifestyle

Good candidates are generally in good overall health and are non-smokers. These factors significantly contribute to a smoother surgery and recovery process.

Positive Outlook and Specific Goals

A positive outlook and clear, specific goals for the improvement of the eye area are important. This mindset helps in aligning the patient’s expectations with the achievable results.

Dr. Cabin’s thorough assessment during the consultation ensures that each patient receives a personalized recommendation, aligning the procedure with their unique needs and goals. This careful selection process is key to the success and satisfaction of the eyelid lift.

All About the Eyelid Lift

FAQs About Eyelid Lifts

If you’re considering upper or lower eyelid lift surgery, you’re likely to have lots of questions. Dr. Cabin understands the importance of clear communication and is dedicated to addressing these common inquiries to help patients feel informed and confident about their decisions.

How long does eyelid lift recovery take?

Recovery varies by individual, but most patients resume normal activities within a couple of weeks. Initial swelling and bruising are common but subside over time. Dr. Cabin provides detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery process.

Will there be visible scarring?

For the upper eyelid lift, there is a small incision that fades into a natural eyelid crease over time. Most lower eyelid lifts are performed underneath the eyelid in a “scarless” fashion that does not create any skin incision. 

How long do the results last?

The results of an eyelid lift are long-lasting, often enduring for years. While the procedure does not halt the aging process, it significantly turns back the clock on the appearance of the eyes, and regular skincare, as well as a healthy lifestyle, can extend the results.

Can an eyelid lift be combined with other procedures?

Yes, eyelid lifts can be combined with other facial procedures for a more comprehensive rejuvenation. Common combinations include facelifts or brow lifts. Dr. Cabin will discuss the possibilities during your consultation, ensuring a holistic approach to your facial aesthetics.

All About the Eyelid Lift

Redefine Your Eyes with Jonathan Cabin, M.D.

As Arlington’s premiere facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Cabin’s commitment to personalized care ensures that each procedure is tailored to your unique features, delivering natural-looking, harmonious results that align with your aesthetic goals. Whether you’re interested in upper or lower eyelid lift surgery alone or combining either with other procedures, we’ll help you achieve your desired effect. Contact our team to schedule your consultation with Dr. Cabin to get started!