Many companies have begun to promote “non-surgical blepharoplasty,” in Columbus, Ohio: eyelid lift without a lift! Some medical offices and spas have perpetuated these offers, promising that creams, peels, lasers, probes or therapeutic massage will remove the dark circles and lift the sagging skin. Unfortunately, these strategies fall short because they do not treat the underlying anatomy — the muscles, fat and skin.

Droopy upper eyelids often tend to run in families, as mothers and fathers pass on such characteristics to their children. The sagging skin accumulates over time, leading to a tired, worn-down appearance and sometimes even a decrease in lateral vision. The extra skin will not go away with any amount of cream or laser; the skin must be removed by surgery to restore a youthful appearance.

Similarly, the lower eyelids become puffy because of a decrease in fat below the lid-cheek junction, and a protrusion of fat from beneath the eye into the lid. This can occur with thinning of the eyelid skin such that the darker muscle behind it shows through… hence the dark circles. Again, no probes or peels will reshape the fat or tighten the muscle; these maneuvers must be accomplished through the skill of a plastic surgeon.

Non-surgical therapies may seem less expensive than surgery, but added together they often cost more without ever treating the problem.

Columbus, Ohio, blepharoplasty patients trust Dr. Donaldson because he has undertaken specialized fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery — plastic surgery around the eyes. He offers the latest techniques for treating difficult eyelids and customizing his results for each patient.

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery Columbus, OH - Donaldson Plastic SurgeryPeople who are regularly asked “Are you tired?” or “Did you stay up late last night?” or “Are you getting enough rest?” might be ready to explore eyelid surgery. By learning details about this procedure, patients can determine whether it fits their current health status, needs, and expectations.

The Procedure

This surgical procedure involves removing extra skin, fat, and muscle from the face. It is possible to perform this operation on just the lower or upper eyelids or both at the same time. Upper blepharoplasty is usually a minimally invasive office procedure, while lower blepharoplasty is more complex and often requires general anesthesia with more protective measures.


Good blepharoplasty candidates have bothersome extra skin on their upper and/or lower lids. A plastic surgeon will help determine whether eyelid surgery is an appropriate option. Possible symptoms include:

  1. Fatty deposits
  2. Folds of sagging skin
  3. Bags and drooping
  4. Festoons

Eyelid surgery may not be warranted in smokers or patients in poor health. Crow’s feet and bulging eyes are not corrected by blepharoplasty, and people with drooping brows could even experience a worsening of symptoms after this procedure.

After understanding the typical risks and possible outcomes, a patient may wish to consult with a surgeon regarding blepharoplasty and how it would apply to their unique circumstances.

*Earned by Dr. Donaldson