980-375-9959 Menu

Rejuvenate Your Eyes With Blepharoplasty

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but as we age, those windows become cloudy with wrinkles, loose skin, and bulging pockets of fat. Cosmetic eyelid surgery in Charlotte, NC, (also known as blepharoplasty) helps rejuvenate the eyes, giving you a rested, refreshed, and more youthful appearance. 

What is Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?

Excess eyelid skin, bulging fat pockets, and dark circles are among the primary reasons we start to appear chronically fatigued, sleep-deprived, and older than our chronologic age. Cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) specifically targets these problem areas, and the end result is a rested, rejuvenated, and brighter appearance.

Although often done in combination, the upper eyelids and lower eyelids may be done independently of one another.

In the case of the upper eyelids, the appearance of heaviness or hood on the top of the eyes is often seen, which in severe cases may interfere with peripheral vision and, in some instances, make applying mascara quite difficult. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t acquire additional skin in this region, but rather, as the eyebrow naturally descends with age and as the fat in the upper eyelid region becomes less pronounced, the upper eyelid aesthetics appear wrinkled, deflated, redundant, and loose. Restoring youth to this region is by no means a cookie cutter approach, but rather specific to the needs of the individual. The plan for rejuvenation may involve skin removal, replenishing atrophied fat, elevating the eyebrow, or a combination of all three.

In the case of the aging lower eyelids, the appearance of bags under the eyes, dark circles, and a hollowness above the cheeks is common. The combination of loss of skin elasticity weakened muscular support, and loss of fat in the upper cheeks leads to premature aging and a chronically fatigued aesthetic. Surgical incisions for cosmetic eyelid surgery are virtually imperceptible and hidden in the crease of the upper lids or below the lash line of the lower eyelids.

Dr. Pratt’s philosophy on cosmetic eyelid surgery in Charlotte, NC, is focused on a natural result that produces a youthful, well-rested appearance.

Eye Surgery Patient Testimonial

Yoli Testimonial (Eye Surgery, Scar Reconstruction)

Eyelid Surgery Before & After

View More
Dr. Broc  Pratt

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Do I need anesthesia for cosmetic eyelid surgery?

When done alone, the upper eyelids are done under a local anesthetic and takes less about twenty minutes to complete. The lower eyelids, however, are best performed under i.v. sedation or general anesthesia.

How long is the recovery for cosmetic eyelid surgery?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery is a quick recovery. There is minimal discomfort, and mild to moderate swelling. Recovery for upper eyelids is about 2-3 days and lower eyelids about 5-7 days. Recovery time can vary, however when additional procedures are done simultaneously.

Can I still wear my contacts after blepharoplasty surgery?

Specifically, with lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Pratt prefers that eyeglasses be worn in lieu of contact lenses for the first two weeks after surgery. The downward pulling of the lower eyelid that occurs when inserting a contact lens should be avoided for about 14 days.

How long does cosmetic eyelid surgery take?

Upper eyelid surgery takes approximately 20 minutes to perform and lower eyelid surgery takes about between 1-1.5hrs to complete.

What are some of the risks of blepharoplasty surgery?

Dr. Pratt uses corneal protectors on his patients to help prevent the risk of scratching the surface of the eyeball during surgery. Corneal protectors look like oversized contact lenses that act as protective shields during surgery that are placed on the eye during surgery. The sensation of watery eyes, or excessive tearing can be a common occurrence for the first 2-3 weeks following lower eyelid surgery. Ironically, the treatment for this is to supplement the eyes with artificial tears for a short period of time following surgery.

What are the Benefits of Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?

  • Gives a more rested and refreshed appearance
  • Helps to create a more favorable first impression
  • Helps boost confidence in one’s appearance
  • Restores a more youthful appearance
  • Brightens the face
Charlotte NC Eyelid Surgery

Who is a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?

Anyone who is in good health and unhappy with the aesthetics of their eyelids should be evaluated by their plastic surgeon to assess whether blepharoplasty in Charlotte, NC, is appropriate for them. The importance of a detailed physical examination and an individualized plan based on findings specific to you, rather than a “one size fits all” approach, cannot be over-emphasized. 

Hear From Dr. Pratt

The artistry of blepharoplasty surgery is not isolated to surgical technique in the operating room but rather begins during the consultation, with proper patient selection. 

Dr. Broc Pratt

Why Choose Dr. Pratt for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Dr. Pratt’s approach to plastic surgery in Charlotte, NC, is undeniably singular in its focus – restoring youth. His plan is comprehensive, often combines other surgical or non-surgical modalities, and is highly tailored specifically to your needs. His commitment to each patient is evident from the beginning, as he spends an extraordinary amount of time with you at the consultation. His down-to-earth demeanor is casual yet immensely informative. His dedication to recommending the best approach to achieve natural, long-lasting results has been a consistent and uncompromising theme throughout his career. Patients who have followed him for years will tell you that “Dr Pratt will always tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.”

Dr. Pratt graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then completed a general surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He then honed his skills at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed a fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Pratt and Bespoke Plastic Surgery are located in south Charlotte, nestled in the heart of beautiful Ballantyne. The practice is dedicated exclusively to aesthetic surgery of the breast, body, and face.

Photo of Charlotte Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Pratt
Contact Us