Your eyes are often the first facial features to show signs of aging. Over time, they may lose their youthful almond shape, the lids may begin to sag and develop excess skin, and wrinkles may emanate from the corners of the eyes (so-called “crow’s feet”). Additionally, fat that generally supports the eye area may shrink and shift in location, leaving hollows above or creating eyelid bags below. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can address each of these problems. The procedure targets specific age-related changes for subtle yet effective rejuvenation.

Dr. Michael Zenn has extensive experience in cosmetic procedures of the head and neck. He is an expert in the anatomy and plastic surgery of the face. Patients in the Raleigh and Durham area under his care benefit from individualized attention and the highest degree of surgical skill. Dr. Zenn’s artistic and studied approach offers results that make you look like a younger, less tired version of yourself.


Dr. Zenn’s Approach to Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Zenn performs eyelid surgery to address signs of aging in the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. He sometimes recommends patients combine eyelid surgery with other procedures for a more comprehensive aesthetic improvement of the periorbital area. In a common example, Dr. Zenn will perform a brow lift and blepharoplasty in the same surgical session. By elevating the eyebrows that droop over the eyelids, he can open the eye area further which gives the patient a more youthful and rested appearance.

With eyelid surgery, Dr. Zenn focuses on delicate and attractive enhancement. Typically, he will:
  • Remove only the amount of excess skin and fat necessary to achieve a natural, refreshed appearance.
  • Replenish lost fullness with fat grafting to fill the hollows above the eyes, smooth out bags below the eyes and/or fill in cheeks, all to give the face more youthful, shapely contours.
  • Employ precision instruments to create smaller, better-concealed incisions.


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Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation

Most patients in the Raleigh and Durham area come to their initial appointment with the goal of looking more youthful or simply more rested. Some begin exploring eyelid surgery because they want to target specific signs of aging. Others are unsatisfied with the results and recurring expense from Botox®and fillers. Whatever brings you to the practice, rest assured you are in good hands.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Zenn will encourage you to openly share your concerns about your eye area. This is a significant discussion that allows you to talk about what you specifically like and dislike about the way your eyes look and the changes you would like to achieve. Dr. Zenn will share his extensive gallery of before and after photos with you so you can see actual surgical results on patients with concerns similar to yours.

Dr. Zenn will take your complete medical history. Dry eye, glaucoma, vision disturbances, and other factors may require him to adjust your treatment plan.

Once Dr. Zenn has learned about your health background and has a clear understanding of your goals and expectations, he will examine you and determine whether eyelid surgery alone or in combination with other procedures is the right approach for your needs. Some patients are not ready for surgery and benefit from non-surgical treatments like Botox® and fillers. If so, patients can have these treatments at the time of consultation if desired – with no downtime. All injections are done by Dr. Zenn — not a nurse or a hired injector. If surgery is being considered, Dr. Zenn and our team will:

  • Go over the details of the procedure, explaining each step in the process, so you know what to expect.
  • Answer any additional questions you may have.

Your Experience with Eyelid Surgery

All Zenn Plastic Surgery patients receive care at an accredited medical facility in the Raleigh – Durham – Cary area. A board-certified anesthesiologist/CRNA will administer anesthesia and provide you with additional medication so that you sleep through the procedure and awaken pain-free and comfortable.

During eyelid surgery, Dr. Zenn will:
  • Perform the procedure using precision instruments and place incisions in areas where they will not be conspicuous.
  • Remove excess skin and fat to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes.
  • Use fat grafting to fill in hollow areas above the eyelids and eliminate bags beneath the lower eyelids.

Most patients are able to leave the surgical center about an hour after the procedure. Dr. Zenn suggests that patients rest at home for a week to allow time for healing. You may have some soreness, swelling, or bruising and much of this is relieved by icing the first few days. By the second week and after receiving Dr. Zenn’s approval, you can apply makeup and ease back into your daily routine. You (and your friends!) will notice eyes that look more alert, restful, and youthful.

Eyelid surgery is an aesthetic procedure that will subtly yet significantly rejuvenate your appearance. To schedule an initial consultation, patients in the Raleigh and Durham area should contact Zenn Plastic Surgery online or by phone at (919) 480-3885.

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