Pinch Eyelid Surgery Addresses Excess Skin By dsherris on September 14, 2018

Woman with smooth facial skinThe skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than other facial skin, so it should come as no surprise that it is often the first to lose elasticity and show the signs of aging. Fortunately, eyelid surgery can tighten loose skin and smooth out wrinkles to restore a brighter, more youthful appearance to the eyes.

Eyelid surgery is an effective procedure, but it is important to tailor the procedure to the specific needs of each patient. Dr. David Sherris offers three eyelid surgery techniques to meet the needs of patients: the traditional, transconjunctival, and pinch techniques.

The pinch eyelid surgery technique allows us to eliminate excess skin from the lower eyelids without altering the fatty tissues or muscles that lie beneath. This technique is ideal for perking up eyes that require just a touch of alteration. To find out if you are a good candidate, contact our Buffalo, NY practice today.

Pinch Technique Candidates

The pinch eyelid surgery technique is performed on patients that have too much skin along the lower eyelids. Because of the excess amount of skin, patients may notice a small degree of sagging, along with skin folds that look like wrinkles.

The pinch technique allows Dr. Sherris to tighten the skin and eliminate sagging without altering the muscle structure beneath the eyelid. Ideal candidates for the pinch technique tend to be younger patients with minimal sagging and no other age-related concerns or patients who have had a previous surgery and just need a refresher. It is important to note that the pinch technique will not correct moderate to severe sagging, undereye bags, or heavy droopy eyelids.

The Procedure

Pinch eyelid surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure. Dr. Sherris will make a small incision just beneath the lower eyelashes. The incision is placed near the outer corner of the eye so that any remaining scar will be easily hidden in the natural crease that forms in this area. Dr. Sherris will then pinch the lower eyelid skin and remove any redundant skin that is causing wrinkles or sagging.

After lifting and smoothing the remaining eyelid skin, sutures will be used to close the incision. Sutures will typically be removed about five to seven days after the procedure, and most patients feel (and look) well enough to return to work within about a week.


The pinch eyelid surgery technique is a great option for many patients. This procedure offers a number of benefits that set it apart from other blepharoplasty techniques.

Some of the greatest advantages of pinch eyelid surgery include:

  • Pinch eyelid surgery reduces the risk of complications
  • Since the pinch technique does not alter the deeper tissues of the eyelid, recovery time is shorter
  • The pinch technique allows us to enhance the appearance of the eyelids, even if more severe age-related imperfections are not yet present
  • Pinch eyelid surgery refreshes the appearance of the eyes while maintaining their natural shape

Contact Us

Dr. David Sherris offers a number of cosmetic treatments that address aesthetic imperfections and enhance a patient’s natural beauty. If you have questions about the pinch eyelid surgery technique or would like to learn more about our other cosmetic services, contact us at your earliest convenience by calling (716) 884-5102.

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Dr. David A. Sherris

The Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. David A. Sherris is highly qualified to perform your surgery, with distinguishing achievements such as: 

  • Double board-certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as otolaryngology
  • Regular invitations to travel around the world to teach other surgeons 
  • Annually voted as one of the "Best Doctors of America"
  • Thousands of patients around the globe, including other doctors

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sherris and discuss your options for plastic surgery, contact our practice in Buffalo, NY, online or call us at (716) 884-5102.

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