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Why Do Eyes Look Smaller After a Facelift? 

Patricia Villate | February 14, 2024 | Posted in Facelift

After a facelift, the eyes could look smaller because the other structures have significantly changed, which can alter overall facial proportions. In other words, the eye area won’t appear the same because of the rejuvenated appearance of the mid and lower face. In addition, the initial side effects of the surgery, such as swelling and puffiness, can make the eyes seem tighter and more narrow than usual. 

It’s essential to clearly communicate your concerns and expectations for a facelift when you consult with Dr. Thomas Loeb, a board-certified plastic surgeon. He will ensure you are fully informed about what you can expect from the procedure before your surgery. Further, you should never hesitate to reach out after surgery if any new concerns arise. 

Changes to the Overall Proportions and Look of the Face 

The natural aging process results in loosened and redistributed tissues throughout the face. You’ll notice lines, wrinkles, and folds appear, and tissues begin to droop downward due to the cumulative effects of gravity. 

During a facelift, a surgeon will tighten the underlying tissues and redistribute fat to create a more toned, sculpted facial structure; this procedure has a sweeping, upward effect. Although a facelift does not directly cause changes to the areas around the eyes, the other changes to the facial tissues and overall proportions can alter one’s perceptions of the upper face. It’s possible for the eyes to look smaller than they were.  

woman widening eyes after face lift

Temporary Postoperative Swelling and Puffiness 

Another reason the eye areas can look smaller following a facelift—even though they haven’t changed—is due to the temporary effects of the surgery. As with any other type of surgical procedure, it’s normal and expected for a facelift to cause postoperative swelling, bruising, and puffiness in the treated areas. 

When the tissues of the mid-face and even lower face show some swelling and puffiness, this can cause the eye area to look smaller in comparison. The swelling can worsen during the first few days of your recovery before it begins to subside. It should go down during the second and third weeks post-op. However, it’s possible for some residual swelling to linger for up to one year, but it shouldn’t be very noticeable. 

Consult a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Great Neck 

Dr. Thomas Loeb is among the most renowned plastic surgeons in the New York City metropolitan area, with patients from all over the world flying in to consult with him. If you’re considering having a facelift to revitalize your appearance, you can trust our Great Neck plastic surgeon’s extensive experience, clinical expertise, and artistic eye. 

Discover if a facelift, eye lift, or other plastic surgery procedure could help replenish your self-confidence while it restores your youthful appearance. Contact Dr. Loeb’s office today to request a confidential one-on-one consultation. 

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