Upper/Lower Blepharoplasty

Looking tired, sad, or prematurely aged is a common concern for people as they get older. Many patients who visit Dr. Parkins for a blepharoplasty in Milwaukee and Madison, WI state that others often ask them if they are sad, upset, or didn’t get enough rest the night before. This can be particularly difficult for those who, in years past, received compliments on their appearance. No one wants to look older than they are, and sagging skin around the eyes can do exactly that. With an eyelid lift, Dr. Parkins can reveal your rejuvenated and refreshed self, so your appearance reflects how you feel.

Ask Dr. Maida Parkins about upper and lower blepharoplasty treatment by calling her office today!

What Does an Eyelid Lift Do?

An eyelid lift is intended to remove small amounts of loose skin and extra fat that has developed around the upper eyelids and lower eyes. Both men and women seek out this procedure to look younger and remain competitive in their professional fields. Treatment has significant benefits in how patients look and feel.

Patients seek eyelid rejuvenation for all the following benefits:

  • Younger appearance
  • Unobscured vision, if eyelids were drooping into line of sight
  • Refreshed and energized look
  • Smooth, firm skin around the eyes

Blepharoplasty (the formal name of the procedure) creates permanent and lasting improvement in the tone and firmness of the skin around the eyes. Some patients who have sought injectable treatment for years to lift skin in this area may find that the degree of sagging is too much for temporary fillers. An eyelid lift is a targeted procedure that can take years off your facial appearance, so you look as rested and vibrant as you feel.


Dr. Maida Parkins

Dr. Parkins is committed to providing a unique plastic surgery experience, where patients become friends and feel comfortable expressing their concerns. Dr. Parkins is compassionate and caring in her approach to patient service; she offers a female perspective to help make sure patients feel listened to under her care. Together, she and her staff offer a welcoming environment for patients beginning their aesthetic journey.

When you visit our Lake Country plastic surgery office, you are treated to individualized attention and treatment planning. This ensures you love your results and can enjoy all the benefits of truly customized plastic surgery. Dr. Parkins and her team take great pride in transforming patients’ confidence and wellbeing through aesthetic medicine.

Blepharoplasty Surgery with Dr. Maida Parkins in Milwaukee and Madison

If you’ve noticed visible signs of facial aging around the eyes, it’s time to consider options for blepharoplasty in Milwaukee or Madison at Parkins Plastic Surgery. Dr. Parkins welcomes patients for personal consultations to best determine a treatment plan that will create a youthful aesthetic and help patients love what they see when they look in the mirror. In some cases, a brow lift or full facelift may be recommended in conjunction with a blepharoplasty to create ideal results.

Blepharoplasty for the upper eyelids is provided when the skin of the upper lid droops and sags. This sometimes makes it difficult for patients to see, in addition to making them look stern or aged beyond their years. Patients often report that, before surgery, others commented on their tired appearance.

Excess skin is created by the loss of skin elasticity but can be corrected with surgical treatment. During your procedure, Dr. Parkins places an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid, which is easily concealed and imperceptible when healed. From here, the excess tissue is trimmed, and the incision is closed. Upper blepharoplasty is a relatively quick treatment that can easily be done in the office using only local anesthesia.

Puffy under-eye bags are another common complaint among patients interested in facial rejuvenation. This puffiness is caused by excess skin and fat accumulation under the eyes. Our female patients often have a hard time concealing puffiness with makeup, and all patients comment that undereye bags create the appearance of being exhausted and older-looking. Lower eyelid lifts smooth skin in this area, effectively removing the fat and excess skin. The incision is placed at the lower lash line, which looks natural when healed.

Patients interested in comprehensive rejuvenation for heavy eye skin often pair upper and lower blepharoplasty. This helps to eliminate loose skin from both lids, so you look significantly younger. Dr. Parkins’ goal is to allow you to look naturally refreshed, as opposed to surprised or overtreated.

If you have questions about which treatment is right for you, contact Dr. Parkins today to speak to a member of our team.

Recovering from your Eyelid Lift

The recovery phase is well-tolerated among patients with similar procedures. Stitches will be placed at the treatment area; if dissolvable sutures are used, these will minimize on their own after about a week. Patients are advised to take a week away from work and strenuous activity to give themselves plenty of time to rest and heal. As the eye area is sensitive, especially the lower eye area, patients may notice that swelling persists here, compared to what they may have experienced with a procedure on another part of the body.

It may be necessary to take up to two weeks off to ensure proper recovery. After this time, most bruising and swelling will have dissipated, and patients feel more confident going out in public. Understanding what to expect during your recovery makes the entire process a much more positive experience. Please be sure to bring all questions regarding healing and recovery to your consultation with Dr. Parkins.


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Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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Frequently Asked Questions about Blepharoplasty

I Have One Drooping Eye – Will an Eyelid Lift Help Me?

Blepharoplasty is intended to remove excess, drooping skin and some fat from the upper or lower eye area, making the eyes look more open. If the drooping you’ve experienced is caused by excess tissue, an eyelid lift may be recommended. However, if you are experiencing ptosis (a weakening of the muscles that control the lid), a different surgical procedure is necessary to create the desired change. A blepharoplasty only will not create the desired effect in this case.  Dr. Parkins can discuss levator advancement with you if you have ptosis that needs to be corrected.

Do I Need an Eyelift or a Brow Lift?

A brow lift, which removes excess tissue at the forehead to reduce the appearance of heaviness in the area, can sometimes create a more open-looking eye area. However, if you have significant loose skin around the upper eyes, a brow lift alone won’t create the necessary amount of lift. These procedures paired together can create a beautiful result.

Will an Eyelid Lift Correct Dark Undereye Circles?

Lower blepharoplasty can help correct dark undereye circles if the cause is thin skin. By repositioning the fat in the lower lid, the dark muscle is covered up by fat which will reduce the darkness that shows through the skin.

Is There an Alternative to Surgery?

Some patients choose injectables or skin-tightening laser treatments to help firm and tighten skin around the eyes. This may be effective in the case of minor sagging in the upper eyelid but will not alleviate significant drooping. It’s important to note that the effect of injectables is temporary; you will need a touch up at least one or twice a year. Laser therapy can help the skin retract, but it does not remove extra skin from the treatment area. In contrast, surgery is a permanent fix for baggy and excess skin in the upper or lower lids.