Eyes & Eyelids

The eyes are the most engaging feature on the face. They can reveal emotions of happiness and excitement, or feelings of stress and fatigue. The physical affects of aging around the eyes can make you appear tired or older than you feel inside. Droopy eyelids, bags, and puffiness under the eyes are common concerns among patients seeking eyelid surgery.

With eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, the entire eye area is returned to a more alert, youthful appearance. This simple yet impactful procedure can make significant, natural-looking improvements in the overall look your face without looking like you’ve had surgery.

Please request a consultation to learn more about the positive improvements Dr. Davis, Dr. Pyle, and Dr. Wood can make in your appearance through blepharoplasty at our Raleigh, NC practice.



“From a young age, I became adept at ‘contouring’ my upper eyelids with makeup to appear less hooded. Both of my parents handed down their "heavy" eyelids to me (thank you very much) and both of them went on to have insurance pay for their surgery in their 60s and 70s.

Even in my late 20s and early 30s, I started getting the comments about how tired I looked. I don’t feel tired! But I definitely wouldn’t have pursued the matter of surgery until someone told me what a simple procedure it actually was.”

The Best Candidates

Most candidates for eyelid surgery are over the age of 35, although some may choose surgery earlier on in life if drooping eyelids are a product of genetics rather than age. The following concerns can be addressed with upper or lower eyelid surgery:

  • Upper eyelids

  • Lower eyelids

  • Droopy loose skin

  • Bags and puffiness

  • Puffiness or fatty deposits

  • Dark circles

  • Excess skin that obscures vision

  • Loose skin

Candidates should have realistic expectations about what eyelid surgery can accomplish. For example, although drooping lids or bags underneath the eyes can be corrected, crow’s feet and other wrinkles may not be completely eliminated. This is one reason that eyelid surgery is often combined with other procedures, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic for a total rejuvenation of the eye area.

What To Expect

The surgical process for blepharoplasty will vary depending on which area of the eyelid is specifically targeted. Incisions for upper eyelid surgery will be made within the natural crease of the eyelid, while lower lid incisions are made just under the lash line. The precise positioning of the eyelid incisions will prevent visible scars. Through these incisions, your surgeon is able to tighten delicate muscles, remove or reposition fat deposits, and remove excess skin for an overall refreshed, younger look. Sutures will then be used to close the incisions, and will be removed within five days.

After Your Procedure

The skin around your eyes will look swollen and bruised at first and may feel tight or sensitive to the touch. Using cold compresses and a soothing ointment can help relieve swelling, discomfort, and itching. The healing process after eyelid surgery is minimal compared to most other surgical procedures. Visible swelling and bruising usually subside within one or two weeks. However, patient experiences vary.

While the results from eyelid surgery are long lasting, the aging process will continue normally. Blepharoplasty can be combined with other procedures, such as a facelift, to deliver more comprehensive results to the entire face.

The New You

You don’t have to look tired or stressed any longer. Eyelid surgery can dramatically improve your overall look, helping you appear more rested, cheerful, and alive. It can also improve your field of vision and enhance your outlook on life.

Dr. Davis, Dr. Pyle, and Dr. Wood have helped men and women from Durham, Chapel Hill, and all over North Carolina enjoy a positive, rewarding, and comfortable cosmetic surgery experience. If you’re ready to see the difference that eyelid surgery can make in your appearance, please request a consultation today, or call 919-785-1220.