Lower Eyelid Surgery


Lower eyelid surgery aims to address the sagging of this area, which can lead to eye dryness due to insufficient eye coverage. The issues to correct include:

  • Puffiness under the eyes, corresponding to the protrusion of fat in which the eye rolls.
  • A hollow under the puffiness and on the cheekbone, forming dark circles, corresponding to a loss of fat in the cheekbone.
  • Excess skin with reduced elasticity on the lower eyelid, creating a festooned appearance.

From an anatomical perspective, the lower eyelid, like the upper eyelid, serves to protect and moisturize the eyeball by closing. Due to its position under the eye, the lower eyelid is more prone to rounding over time. Age-related loss of bony and fatty support on the cheek exacerbates this phenomenon of loss of coverage and dryness.

It is crucial to preserve the orbicularis muscle near the eyelid, which plays a role in dynamic support in this area. Care must be taken not to pull the lower eyelid down by avoiding excessive skin resection. In many cases, the surgical technique involves removing excess fat pockets from inside the eyelid, i.e., without scarring, without removing skin, and without touching the orbicularis muscle of the eye. Simultaneously, the cheek's support is reinforced by injecting fat.

The goal of this combined lipofilling technique is both aesthetic, to fill associated dark circles and prevent a hollow eye, and functional, to add support to the lower eyelid. If significant excess skin is present, it is often associated with underlying muscle laxity. A muscle tightening technique will address this excess while increasing lower eyelid support.

It's essential to note that crow's feet wrinkles, i.e., wrinkles that appear at the corner of the eye when smiling, are never treated by eyelid surgery. These dynamic wrinkles are exclusively treated with a muscle relaxant: Botox.

Initial Consultations

During the first consultation, as always, we will analyze your face together in front of the mirror in a benevolent manner.

For the lower eyelid, we will focus on its shape, internal support, laxity, and skin quality.

We will then analyze the presence and size of fat pockets and evaluate the presence of excess skin, as well as the shape and power of the orbicularis muscle of the eye.

Moving down to the cheekbone and the root of the nasolabial fold, we will measure the bony and fatty support that the middle third of the face provides to the lower eyelid.

Age-related fat loss and the separation of different fat compartments in the middle third of the face will also be analyzed.


The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you enter and leave the clinic on the same day. The service is located within the Saint George Clinic and is dedicated to aesthetic surgery.

Lower eyelid surgery is performed under light general anesthesia, without intubation. Depending on the chosen technique, this surgery lasts between just under an hour and two hours. This surgery does not require a bandage; only small strips can be applied for 24 hours.

Like any outpatient surgery, you cannot return home alone or be alone on the same evening. You are not allowed to drive for 24 hours after general anesthesia.

Postoperative Care

At home:

To minimize swelling as much as possible, we recommend sleeping on your back with two pillows for at least 15 days to three weeks.

Applying cold to the eyes and cheeks for at least 5 times 20 minutes each day, before sleeping and upon waking, is recommended.

Morning and evening care with drops and an eye cream should be done for 10 days. No sports for a month.

At the office:

Twice a week, you will receive LED treatments at the office to reduce swelling and its duration, improve the uptake of fat grafts, and check the care.

Additionally, regular appointments during the first month are reassuring for everyone. Remote checks are used to monitor progress.

It will then be essential (in my opinion) to preserve the result with hyaluronic acid injections every two years to prevent the development of puffiness.


  • Indication = teamwork
  • Hospitalization: one day
  • Anesthesia: general without intubation
  • Duration of the intervention: one to two hours
  • No bandage
  • Pain: none
  • Postoperative effects: simple
    • Systematic swelling in the first days
    • Rare bruising (7 days)
  • Sports break: 1 month
  • Results: a good overview of the result from the first week, visible at 10 days, more precision at 2 months, definitive appearance between 1 and 2 years, essential maintenance

Before / after

20 Quai Lunel
06300 Nice
Phone : +33 (0)4 89 03 96 03
 - Dr. Cecile Winter