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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid lifts can either be done alone or together with eyebrow and forehead lifts.

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Medical treatment of diseases and abnormalities of the eyelids, midface and orbit.

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Compared to the “classical” face lift wherein the tissues are pulled towards the ear, midface lifts create a more natural and more youthful appearance around the cheeks.

Saggy skin, fat, and muscle below the eyelids have always been attributed to the natural process of aging. In time, fine lines, and wrinkles will appear on the face, specifically between the lower eyelids and the upper cheeks. With the advancement of surgical cosmetics and medical technology, medical techniques have been innovated to reconstruct this area to rejuvenate a more youthful looking appearance. These techniques include midface lifts and orbital fat transfers.

To create a smooth and youthful skin transition from the eyelids to the cheeks, a midface lift, commonly known as a SOOF lift, elevates and tightens the skin fats and muscles at the upper portion of the cheek. The midface lift improves the appearance of cheek bags, softens the hollowness between the upper cheek and lower eyelid, and lifts the fold between the cheek and the nostrils.

A midface lift is commonly performed whenever revitalization is desired. Individuals can combine this procedure with Blepharoplasty or an eyelift procedure of the lower eyelids.


Midface lift surgery is commonly approached in one of two ways. An incision may be made either in the front of the lower eyelid or at the back of the lower eyelid. The doctors will evaluate which incision is best depending on your case.

After the incision, the excess fats under the eyes are either removed or repositioned. The cheek fat is then lifted upwards towards the external corner of the eye where it will be firmly sutured to the underlying attached tissue. Any excess eyelid skin or muscles are then trimmed. Lastly, the surgical wound is closed and sutured.

A medical ointment or salve will be applied on the surgical area and a pressure garment will be wrapped around the eyes and the head. This head garment may be taken off several hours after the surgery. The entire procedure will only take 2 to 3 hours.


During your initial consultation, the doctor will present all the available options to attain your goals. Advantages, as well as the risks and complications of each option, will be discussed in great detail. Anesthesia choices and fees as well as post-operative conditions and any possible complications will also be reviewed.


Most individuals who have undergone this procedure will be able to resume their normal activities 7 to 10 days after the surgery. After the surgical procedure you should expect that the area will be temporarily tender, swollen, and probably bruised. These conditions are normal and are part of the recovery period. Swelling will improved after five to seven days. However, it will take several weeks for it to be completely resolved. If pain is felt, you may take the prescribed medications. It is also essential to emphasize the importance of taking the prescribed antibiotics to avoid possible infection. Medical ointments may be applied as instructed by the doctor.

Your eyes are extremely important. Let Dr. Della Rocca help you make the right decision for you. Call (212) 979-4575 to schedule an appointment today.