Lewis Plastic Surgery: Gordon Lewis, MD
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 267-6009
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

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Eyelid Lift

Your eyes can communicate much about your mood, age, and alertness. For some men and women, droopy upper eyelids, bulging lower eyelids, and dark circles can make you appear tired and older than you actually are. Eyelid surgery at our Richmond, VA, practice is a straightforward procedure that can create a refreshed, more youthful appearance.

Recovery: 1 week
Pricing:
Eyelid Lift starting at: $3170+
  • Recovery: 1 week
  • Pricing: 3170+

An eyelid lift or “blepharoplasty” with Dr. Lewis is one of the best surgical options for bringing your eyes out of hiding and tightening lax skin around the eyes. This procedure can eliminate tired and sad-looking eyes.

An eyelid lift can be performed on the upper eyelids and/or lower eyelids, and it requires a great deal of skill and experience to accomplish a natural look.

Areas improved by upper eyelid surgery:

  • Tighter upper eyelids with no more drooping
  • Decreased frown lines
  • Reduced lines around the eyes

Areas improved by lower eyelid surgery:

  • Decreased “tear troughs” under the eyes
  • Diminished bags under the eyes
  • Reduced lines under the eyes

Procedure

Individualized approach

Dr. Lewis customizes every eyelid surgery based on your anatomy, condition, and goals. He uses the latest methods to not just remove excess skin and tighten the eyelids, but to make sure that the muscles of the eyes are intact and that you appear naturally younger in a way that is not obvious. He also works to preserve the shape of your eyes so that you will still look like yourself after your surgery.

A lower eyelid lift, in particular, requires a subtle and delicate approach, as there is little skin in this area, and it’s quite thin.

In both upper and lower eyelid surgery, excess skin and fat must be addressed. Historically, this meant removing substantial amounts of fat from the upper and lower lids; unfortunately, over time, this often led to a hollowed out appearance. More often now, Dr. Lewis will reposition your existing fat, remove any small area of unwanted fat, and in many cases, add fat to restore the volume that is lost over time. After this is done, the skin is carefully sutured in a tighter placement to preserve the musculature and the shape of your eyes.

Younger patients may show good skin tone, but prominence of the fat pads from within the eye socket. In these cases, more fat may need to be removed. This often can be performed through an incision from within your eyelid, leaving no visible scar.

Incisions:

For an upper eyelid lift, the incisions can usually be made in the creases of the eye so that the scar is hidden when the eyes are open. This incision will nearly always heal extremely well. It is usually hard to find this incision after it has healed for 3-6 months.

For lower blepharoplasty, the incision is made inside the lid or just below the lashes where the scar will also be hidden. The determination of the lower lid incision placement is individualized and based on your personal anatomy and goals. If there is excess skin or wrinkles on the lower eyelid, an external incision will be needed to remove the excess skin. Even with the need for an external incision, this incision heals very well and will usually be imperceptible after it has fully healed. If there is no skin excess or wrinkles, incisions within the eyelids can allow repositioning of the fat in the lower eyelids and avoid an external incision.

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Recovery

Will anesthesia and pain relief be used during / after surgery?

We will make sure you are comfortable throughout the whole procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic and IV sedation for what is often called “twilight sleep.” This is lighter anesthesia than a full general anesthetic, but you will be very relaxed and will not feel any pain. Some patients prefer a deeper anesthetic, and a general anesthetic is reasonable as well.

For patients wanting only an upper eyelid lift, this procedure is relatively more superficial and straightforward; it can be performed in the office under local anesthetic alone. This is less common, but does save money, as there is no anesthesia charge and a reduced facility fee.

What happens immediately after surgery?

Your eyes may or may not need to be bandaged after your surgery. If you must have bandages, Dr. Lewis will let you know when they can be removed. You may be given ointment to apply to the lids, and we will give you direction on eye drops.

You can go home the same day, but someone will need to drive you home.

The eye area will feel tight, and after the anesthetic has worn off, you will feel sore. You can use cold compresses, and we’ll give you a pain medication prescription. Shortly after surgery, you will notice some itching, swelling, and bruising. Keeping your head elevated will help to reduce inflammation.

How long will complete recovery from an eyelid lift take?

Symptoms usually last 1-2 weeks. Any non-dissolvable sutures will be removed in your first or second post-operative visit with Dr. Lewis about a week after your surgery. We will monitor your progress carefully to make sure you are healing properly.

Some residual swelling and bruising may remain for a third week following your surgery, after which you will be able to see the final results of your eyelid lift.

Please refrain from strenuous exercise for at least three weeks after your procedure, as it can worsen your swelling and bruising.

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Dr Lewis and his staff is amazing . His Cordinater Erin is absolutely amazing . Few months prior I went somewhere else and did receive the quality of care I did here. They truly go above and beyond. Dr Lewis Keep it 100 straight forward with you no sugar coating but still compassionate with his approach. Erin make you feel like you are best friend very easy to talk to and warminf . And from the moment I spoke to the receptionist Irene who set the tone because she is the first person of contact before anything . You can feel her how genuine she is . I never once felt rushed and they walk me through the entire process The entire staff is like the chick fil a of plastic surgeons I’ve been crying because I’m so happy with them and more then happy with my finish look. I would tell anyone to skip the other places and go straight to these guys. Something i wanted for the past 15 years I’m so excited and very please . I can’t thank Dr Lewis and his team enough
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Jun 10, 2020
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Dr. Lewis and his staff are FANTASTIC! I recently had a breast implant removal procedure. He answered all of my questions with so much patience and thoroughness, even when asking more than once (with my millions of questions and concerns.) The day of surgery, he made me feel so comfortable. I was a bit nervous and frantic (I hate anesthesia) but his staff was super comforting and made sure that I was calm. So far I love my results! His assistant Lee was also super helpful answering my questions and concerns and made my appointments easy and stress free! I would recommend Dr Lewis to anyone 100%!!!
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Mar 13, 2020
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I had a breast reduction about a year ago from doctor Lewis. This entire staff is very kind and helpful during the process. They made sure I was comfortable before, during and after the procedure. Erin, his nurse specifically dedicated to breast reduction patients, is an absolute delight and is very responsive with any questions or concerns I had. Doctor Lewis isn’t a man of many words but his work speaks for itself. My scars have healed beautifully and are virtually unnoticeable. I have not suffered back pain or discomfort since surgery. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Lewis and his staff to anyone looking for good people and good results!
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Jul 30, 2019
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5 ⭐️'s are honestly Not Enough when it comes to Dr. Lewis and his staff!! As referral coordinator for a large family practice group, this review is from one familiar with most local specialists ...and also an extremely Pleased, Grateful patient. When Dr. Lewis opened his office some years ago not far from ours he came by to introduce himself, and has become a patient "favorite" since we first started referring to him. During these years I've never once heard a single negative about him or his staff (very .rare. in my particular job!)... so, when my opthalmologist determined my droopy, sad eyelids were contributing to vision issues and blepharoplasty recommended, the surgeon I wanted was an Easy choice-- Or, so I thought. When I called to schedule a consult I was genuinely heartbroken to hear Dr. Lewis was non-par with my Medicare insurance. After much procrastinating finally decided on an ocular plastic surgeon-- went for the initial evaluation and even set up a surgery date. The following day I needed to schedule an appointment for one of our patients with Dr. Lewis -- long story short and as Fate would have it discovered Dr. Lewis had Just started taking Medicare the week before. To my extreme delight, before hanging up Lee scheduled me for an eval and the rest is history. Had my surgery 4 months ago -- the procedure and recovery was a breeze. I'm thrilled to See so much better, not to mention look Better and Awake, like I have Eyes again. Lewis Plastic Surgery is Sincerely the B e s t, and I couldn't recommend Any cosmetic office more Highly!!
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May 23, 2019
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Dr.Lewis, Lee & the rest of his staff are fantastic!! I went in for a breast lift and to replace my old implants. Dr. Lewis was very informative as to how the procedure was going to be, recovery and what to do after surgery. I’m beyond ecstatic with my results! I totally recommend Lewis Plastic Surgery.
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May 9, 2019
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I got my BBL with Dr.Lewis and I am 100% satisfied. From the very first day I walked into his office, his receptionist and staff were extremely welcoming and kind. Lee made my experience very comfortable and I always felt heard and very well taken care of. Dr. Lewis is very knowledable and takes his time to answer questions and make his patients feel that they are getting the care that is necessary. I never once felt that I was wasting my money and the staff gave me very reasonable before and after expectations.
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Apr 3, 2019
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Dr. Lewis is amazing. He talks to me like I'm person, not a case file. Shared a few laughs too. I wasn't exactly sure how much i want to reduce the size of my breast. He gave me a homework assignment, 'Find my ideal breasts size on someone with similar body build as mine'. I showed him the pictures, we talked about realistic results. I could not be more happier with the results. No more neck, or back pain. Also the ladies that run the office are all wonderful. Thanks for easing my anxiety. I would recommend them to anyone looking to have some work done.
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Feb 28, 2019
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After tons of research and 2 other consults, I made a consultation appointment. I was brought back by Lee who immediately made me feel more comfortable than I had felt in the other consultations. Lee has stayed in touch with me and now I consider her a friend. I am still saving up for a tummy tuck and will hopefully have it by the end of the year.
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When I researched for a plastic surgeons on line to perform an abdmominoplasy on me, I found that Dr. Lewis was reported to be the best in the Virginia. So, I had the procedure done by him and the reviews were true. Him and his staff (especially Lee) were awesome. I feel like a new woman, I no longer turn off the lights with my husband anymore. I feel so sexy. Thank you Dr Lewis. You really are the best.
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Oct 7, 2018
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Dr. Lewis and Lee are the reasons why I chose this practice. I felt right at ease from the beginning. It's not a "stuffy" atmosphere. Dr. Lewis earned my respect when he told me I didn't need work done in an area I was considering. This proved to me that he had my best interests at heart and wasn't all about making money. On the day of surgery, Lee came personally pre-op to keep me calm and Dr. Lewis was great about making me feel comfortable.
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Sep 25, 2018
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Can't say enough about Dr Lewis and his staff... They make you feel comfortable , they are not pushy but provide you any and all information you need you make good decisions and have a great recovery. I would recommend Dr Lewis to anyone!! If you are thinking of getting plastic surgery, see Dr Lewis and his staff. I'm sure I will be making a second trip😊
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Dr. Lewis did a wonderful job--I am so happy with my results! Him and his staff were so professional and friendly, it totally put me at ease.
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Sep 24, 2018
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After a very long 30 years of being over weight I finally decided to have Bariatric surgery to help me with my weight loss I went from 240 lbs to 165 lbs and kept it off for 2 years. I tired to do something with the extra skin around my waist, hips, thighs, and sagging breast with no success. I finally decided to look for outside help … One afternoon I was making some calls to the Local Plastic Surgeons, When low and behold I call the office of Dr. Gordon Lewis office ,and Lee answers the phone and had all of the answers to any questions I ask. I just had to meet them the only thing was he was on vacation, I had to wait an addition week , but it was all worth it, I went in the office feeling so comfortable and excited. I met Tande within about a 2 minutes of waiting I was talking with Lee and I got just what I expected a Phenomenal person who truly understands where you are coming from, not knowing that this group was going to mean so much more to me than a Dr.s office it is a Family !!! Dr. Lewis truly cares about you, Erin is also in the office and she is fantastic ..They all have the best interest in your happiness and safety. they are the best I just can't say enough ..Thank you to the whole Practice. OK,OK, get to point Lisa, I had 3 surgeries Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), Thighplasty, and a Breast Lift !!! and it has been a AMAZING Journey !!!! Thank you so Much to the whole Practice.
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Jul 24, 2018
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Couldn't have asked for a better experience. His assistant Lee made me immediately comfortable and relaxed at every appointment. Pricing was competitive and follow up was great. I love my results!!
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May 1, 2018
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Best dermaplane in my life!! Beautiful office and great location. The staff was helpful and friendly.Yvette educated me about my skin throughout the service, which was awesome! I was so relaxed the entire time. One of the most pampering experiences I’ve ever had. Thank you!!
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Very hospitable and professional staff. I felt very at ease the moment I arrived and they checked up on me at home. I love the results of my procedure. I would definitely recommend! ��
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Oct 10, 2017
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I had one baby and then twins, and my abdomen was a wreck. So after 5 years of twin-skin I decided to proceed with a tummy tuck and repair of my diastasis recti. I had 3 consultations and decided on Dr. Lewis. So glad I did. He was so kind and listened to all of my concerns. He also recommended I not do an additional procedure I had thought about. And I appreciated that, glad I held back. He never seemed to be in a hurry to move on to the next patient, which is a nice feeling when you have 500 questions about your upcoming surgery. Lee was also awesome to work with and easy to get in touch with. I could sit and just chat with her all day! My surgery went smoothly and as expected. His demeanor was so calm and gentle right before I went into the OR that I wasn't nervous at all. All of my follow up visits have been great, all the staff is wonderful and always cheerful! I never had to wait longer than just a few minutes before he popped in. He is very committed in his follow up care with me still and I am 12 months and 2 weeks post-op. We are working on fine-tuning areas of my tummy tuck scar, my skin is being difficult. My belly button looks awesome and I spent this summer in a bikini----WHAAAT!!?? Very happy with my surgeon and my choice. Thank you Dr. Lewis!
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All my life I struggle with my weight and body image. It wasn't until 2015 that I made the commitment to eat better and hire a personal trainer in order to reach that goal. I was able to go from 135lbs to 119lbs. Yet my body still not looked the way I wanted to no matter how much I worked out. My trainer told me that my abs where strong but I had excess skin around them and that exercise could not make it better. It was then that I decided to get an Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). I visited a total of four surgeons, I saw hundreds of photos. Many did not looked convincing at all. After all the research and face to face meetings I decided to visit Dr. Lewis On January 2016. He was the one with the best reviews and recommendations but I needed to see if this was true. The first thing I need to say is that his Staff is AMAZING! Everyone Erin and Lee were always courteous, nice, humble, and caring. I didn't feel like just a costumer at all, they really showed interest during all my visits. They made me feel comfortable and safe. When I finally met Dr. Lewis he was just like everyone in the Staff. He took his time, explain the procedure,provided options for procedures, and answer all my questions and even my boyfriend's concerns 9who was more nervous than me). On the following appointments we explained in detail what I needed to do to get back to my workout routine and again: taking his time and always treating me as a valued patient. Words cannot express how thankful I am about the results of my surgery. I used to hate looking at the mirror since I was 11 years old. Finally, 23 years later I can look, smile and for the first time wear a 2 piece bathing suit. My body image issues are no longer there, I am happier and more confident. I wouldn't be able to reach this life dream if it wasn't for Dr. Lewis and his Staff. Thank you Dr.Lewis, Lee and Erin from the bottom of my heart, God Bless and continue with the outstanding work. With lots of love and appreciation: Karina
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Having plastic surgery is a huge decision. However, once I met Dr. Lewis the decision was easy. From the first appointment for a consultation to all my follow-ups, Dr. Lewis has been nothing but dedicated to my safety and satisfaction. I had two procedures at the same time which turned out to be the best things I have ever done for myself. My recovery was quick and the results are spectacular. I could not be more pleased and will be back for more very soon.
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Having plastic surgery with Dr. Lewis was absolutely the BEST decision I have ever made for myself! I feel more confidant than I ever have in my life, not to mention working with Dr. Lewis, Lee and his entire staff was an amazing experience. They will forever be my friends and I highly recommend Dr. Lewis and his staff to everyone who is considering a positive life changing experience!!
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I loved working with Dr. Lewis and his staff! They were awesome and patient with me. I had several things done with Dr. Lewis including Tummy Tuck, Lipo, Rhinoplasty, and Breast Augmentation. I am so HAPPY with the results!! He's AMAZING!! Always courteous and available for me. Couldn't be happier with my results and his work 🙂
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Nov 6, 2015
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Dr. Lewis has guided me through three cosmetic surgery procedures over the last three years (face, abdomen and breast). Each was a step to address body changes, after bariatric surgery; and each surgery had the result I hoped for. The patient experience could not have been better; from initial consultation, to being well prepared for what to expect, and finally excellent recovery care. His staff is fabulous as well. Erin, Iveth, Kelsey and Jessie always show kindness and respect, and are skilled and efficient in their roles too. I highly recommend this MD for his skill, his compassion, and the team he has assembled to create Lewis Plastic Surgery. I am a repeat customer by design! Final note: Since having the facial surgery I have found that the investment in ongoing skin care by Iveth is well worth the investment. It far exceeds the quality of a local spa and the products are remarkable.
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My bilateral brachioplasty (upper arm lift) was performed flawlessly by Dr. Gordon Lewis. I am not exaggerating when I say that I only had very minor discomfort in both arms during the recovery period and absolutely no pain !! Over-the-counter medication was all I needed. I was skeptical when Dr. Lewis told me that I would not have an agonizing recovery. I assumed when he removed the loose skin from both upper arms that I would surely have pain. The slight scarring on the inside of both arms continues to fade and I couldn't be more complimentary of Dr. Lewis' expertise as a surgeon. The "chicken wing" look I used to have has been replaced with youthful looking arms and I'm wearing sleeveless tops once again. I am ecstatic with the results.
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Candidacy

Am I a good candidate for an eyelid lift?

The ideal candidate for an eyelid lift is usually over age 40 and has moderate to significant laxity of skin on the upper or lower eyelids. In severe cases, the lower eyelid begins to droop, causing the inside white of the eyelid to be seen.

For people who have drooping upper lids that impair vision, health insurance might cover the procedure.

You should refrain from smoking for at least 4 weeks before your surgery and 2 weeks after. Most medical issues can be managed in order to make surgery safe, but diabetes and high blood pressure, in particular, must be under control before the procedure.

Risks

What are the risks of an eyelid lift?

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With any surgical procedure, there are risks that you must be aware of. To minimize the risks, ensure that your surgery is conducted in a safe and secure environment using the latest surgical techniques by checking the certifications and accreditation of your surgeon. Accreditation boards and bodies are there to protect you.

Dr. Gordon Lewis has 9 years of surgical experience and is affiliated with several internationally recognized professional organizations. He is:

  • Board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Affiliated with the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia
  • An Associate member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons
  • A candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • In general, eyelid surgery is very safe and well-tolerated. It is rare that serious complications occur. We will speak with you at length about these risks and answer all of your questions.

Risks include, but are not limited to:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Asymmetry
  • Nerve damage
  • Unfavorable scars
  • Skin loss
  • Skin contour irregularities
  • Pain
  • Need for revisional surgery
  • Risks of anesthesia

Consultation

During your comprehensive one-on-one consultation, we will cover several areas of discussion:

  • Your medical history and current medications
  • Your goals from surgery
  • Your concerns about surgery
  • Options for surgically correcting the issues you want to change
  • Risks associated with each option
  • A surgical price quote that includes any additional costs such as the OR fee and anesthesia. This will also include financing options, if you wish.

Expect to spend close to an hour in our office for your consultation.

Location

Dr. Lewis performs surgical procedures at an accredited outpatient surgical center or a local hospital. He is affiliated with several local medical centers where his patients undergo surgery. He primarily operates at these locations:

Johnston-Willis Hospital
Stony Point Surgery Center

Initial consultations, follow up appointments and all non-surgical treatments and minor surgical procedures are performed at Lewis Plastic Surgery in Midlothian, VA.

Cost

The price of eyelid surgery at our practice starts at $3,170, but can vary depending on your unique needs. During your initial consultation, we provide a breakdown of all costs related to your eyelid surgery. This includes:

  • Dr. Lewis’ fee
  • Operating room fee
  • Anesthesia fee
  • Cost of any additional overnight stays

We make absolutely sure that there are no hidden costs and no surprises.

Booking

Every patient is required to attend an initial consultation before a procedure can be booked. Once you decide to proceed with surgery, we will assist you in finalizing a date and getting everything ready for surgery. We try to be as flexible as possible and will make arrangements to see you at Lewis Plastic Surgery on the grounds of Johnston-Willis Hospital within a few days after you contact us.

Depending on your requirements, we can normally perform your procedure within 2 weeks. You can book a consultation online or by calling (804) 267-6009.

Complementary Procedures

An eyelid lift greatly improves the look of the eyes. In some cases, the eyebrows have dropped on the face and/or forehead lines have developed. For this condition, Dr. Lewis might recommend a brow lift instead of or in addition to an eyelid lift.

These procedures can be performed at the same time as an eyelid lift to complement the end result:

  • Brow lift (to decrease lines in the brow and to lift the brow to a more youthful position)
  • Facelift (to tighten the lower portion of the face)
  • Facial fat grafting (using your own fat to restore lost volume around the eyes and to the cheeks)
  • Botox (an injectable that temporarily smooths frown lines between the brows and fine lines around the eyes) – These injections may be recommended shortly after your eyelid lift recovery period to enhance your result.

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