In performing an eyelid lift, called a blepharoplasty, the surgeon lifts the lids by removing sagging eyelid tissues. This procedure can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids. After an eyelid lift, the eyes are unburdened of excess skin and fat that have distorted their shape, and the result is a more rested, youthful, and alert look.
Most darkness under the lower eye is from the shadow effect from the fat bulging underneath the eyes. Note that an eyelid lift alone is not intended to correct fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes. This explains the necessity of combining eye lift procedures with other rejuvenation procedures such as browlifts and skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser skin resurfacing. Also, an eyelid lift will not correct dark circles under the eyes if the circles are caused by the muscle and other tissues showing through thin skin. These distinctions can be defined during the consultation.