The Eyes Have It

Blepharoplasty Can Take Away the Signs of Aging

What is the most important part of the face? Most agree it is the eyes. It is the first thing people look at when they meet you, and can reveal not only how we feel but also the signs of aging. Though the eyes are called” the windows of the soul”, they can also make us look angry, tired, and sad and affect the way we are seen by others.Blepharoplasty

The good news is that eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can improve the appearance of the eyes, and make them young again. Blepharoplasty continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed.

Blepharoplasty is a simple surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of your eyelids. This is done by removing skin from the upper eyelid and removing puffiness and excess skin from the lower eyelid. Some of these conditions are a result of aging but they can also be inherited. Eyelid surgery will correct the sagging skin of the upper lid that hangs over and can sometimes impair your vision In addition, it also can get rid of baggy lower eyelids. However, blepharoplasty will not correct a sagging or drooping brow that may be encroaching onto the upper lids. In that case the eyebrows will need to be corrected to improve the appearance. Therefore it is extremely important to have the doctor determine if it is the heavy, excess eyelid skin or a low droopy brow, or both that cause hooding of the upper eyes. Dr Shire can help make that determination.

Eyelid surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, with a conscience sedation and local anesthesia. The lower eyelids are usually performed with no cutting (incisions) on the outside, and no stitches on the inside. The upper eyelids are done through an incision in the upper lid fold where skin and fat can be removed. There is minimal swelling, rarely any bruising and no pain with these procedures. Recovery is quick and most people can return to work within a week or so.

Why wait any longer? Call Dr. Shire today to schedule your consultation and start looking the way you feel! Please visit our website at to read about Dr. Shire, eyelid surgery and visit our gallery of before and after photos.

James R. Shire, MD, FACS
Shire Facial Plastic Surgery
6151 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423-870-FACE (3223)
423-870-3276 (Fax)