Facial Surgery

West End Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery & Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons located in Richmond, VA

As you get older, your eyelids lose their elasticity and strength. Fat then accumulates above and below your eyelid, causing the upper eyelids to droop and sag and the lower eyelids to develop bags. These changes not only affect your appearance but may interfere with your vision. At West End Facial Plastic Surgery in Richmond, Virginia, Robert Schmidt, MD, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, performs eye lifts to remove excess skin and fat and improve appearance and vision. Call The West End office or book an appointment online to schedule your eye lift consultation today. 

Gravity, time, and weathering are all unfortunate culprits in the loosening and sagging of your skin. No matter how young you feel on the inside, your wrinkles, jowls, and folds are a testament to your age. At West End Facial Plastic Surgery in Richmond, Virginia, double board-certified plastic surgeon Robert Schmidt, MD, and the team can’t turn back time, but they can give you a facelift to awaken and revive your appearance. 


What are eye lifts?

Eye lifts, or blepharoplasty, are surgical procedures that correct excess skin and fullness around the eyes that affect your appearance. 

The fullness around your eyes occurs from sagging skin and fat accumulation. These changes are a natural part of the aging process, but genetics or lifestyle factors such as too much sun exposure or smoking may accelerate them.

West End Facial Plastic Surgery performs eye lifts to give you a natural and rejuvenated appearance. 

What can eye lifts correct?

West End Facial Plastic Surgery performs eye lifts to correct the structural changes in your upper and lower eyelids that affect your appearance or vision. 

More specifically, the eye lift corrects:

  • Bulging around the eyes from excess fat 
  • Sagging in the upper and lower eyelids
  • Aging appearance
  • Tired, sad eyes
  • Overlying tissue that blocks vision

The practice’s experienced facial plastic surgeon specializes in creating natural results with an eye lift, so you look refreshed, not overdone. 

What happens during eye lifts?

The specifics of your eye lift depend on your needs and goals. Your plastic surgeon works one-on-one with you to develop a personalized eye lift surgical plan so you get the best results.

West End Facial Plastic Surgery performs eye lifts either at the office or a local surgery center. Your eye lift procedure may include an upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. 

Upper blepharoplasty

During an upper blepharoplasty, the skilled plastic surgeon makes an incision at the crease of your eyelid and removes excess skin and fat. Your surgeon then pulls and tightens the skin to reduce wrinkles, sagging, and hooding. 

Lower blepharoplasty

During a lower blepharoplasty, your surgeon makes incisions below the lower lash line and removes excess skin, fat, or both. 

How long is recovery following eye lifts?

Eye lifts are an outpatient procedure with a fast and easy recovery for most patients. You may have bruising and swelling around your eyes, but these side effects disappear within one to two weeks.

Your surgeon at West End Facial Plastic Surgery removes your sutures five days after the procedure, and most patients return to work soon after. 

As the tissue heals, you should notice improvements in your look over the following days and weeks. The results are long-lasting.

Eye lifts have the ability to rejuvenate your entire face. To schedule a consultation at West End Facial Plastic Surgery, call the office or book online today.


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What is a facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure used to tighten the skin on your face and pull it upwards to fight gravity. Over time, your skin loosens and starts to work its way down as gravity pulls it.

The results are more than just a few wrinkles: you might get eye bags, jowls, and other dropping areas of skin and folds.

Several lifestyle factors contribute to this process, including smoking, sunbathing, and avoiding moisturizers. Overall, the main culprits are factors beyond your control. Your skin loses collagen and elastin protein fibers over time that are responsible for keeping it tight and firm. Sagging jowls and other features might also come from your genetics, which you can’t change.

Thankfully, a facelift allows you some control over what you look like despite heavy wrinkles and folds. Your surgeon reviews the severity of these features on your face to develop a strategy to fix them and give you a more youthful appearance that doesn’t look overdone.

How can I change my face with a facelift?

Facelift surgery is most popular among men and women ages 40-70, a time when wrinkles are quickly accumulating, and it becomes clear that they won’t let up. With a facelift, you can diminish some common features associated with loosening skin, including:

  • Jowls
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Turkey neck
  • Marionette lines
  • Smile lines

Your surgeon can also remove fat deposits from your cheeks and jawline during your facelift to make your face appear tighter and help your jaw look more chiseled.

They may also recommend getting a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or other procedures with your facelift for a consistent outcome.

What should I expect during my facelift surgery?

After reviewing your goals for surgery and your medical history, your surgeon decides whether to perform your surgery as an outpatient or inpatient surgery in a hospital. You’ll be under general anesthesia, either way, to make sure you’re comfortable and unconscious.

Your West End Facial Plastic Surgery provider makes an incision near your hairline, then lifts and tightens your skin and tissues. They may remove or redistribute your facial fat in the process before draping the skin back over your face and securing it tightly. It takes two to four hours but may take more if you’re getting a brow lift or other surgery at the same time.

Call West End Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for a facelift, or book one online today.


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