Eyelid Surgery

Youthful eyes look bright, alert, and rested. As you age, sagging eyelids and dark under-eye circles can give the impression of being fatigued, even when you’re not. Dr. Keith Ladner, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializes in eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) at his Denver, CO, practice for restoring a refreshed look to the eye area. He is known by patients from Aurora, Westminster, Lakewood, Englewood, and surrounding areas for results that look remarkably natural.

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Eyelid Surgery Case 22 Before & After Front | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Case #22

This woman underwent left endoscopic brow lift, left upper eyelid internal ptosis repair, and bilateral cosmetic lower blepharoplasties.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Eyelid Surgery Case 21 Before & After Front | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Case #21

This patient wanted to brighten her eye area and get rid of the “bags” under eyes. Photos are before and three months after upper and lower blepharoplasty.

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Eyelid Surgery Case 20 Before & After Front | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Case #20

This lovely woman complained of heavy eyes and a tired look. Photos reveal before and six months after a brow lift and lower blepharoplasty. 

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Eyelid Surgery Case 53 Before & After Front | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Case #53

Patient was concerned with drooping eyelids and jowls and wanted a more defined jawline. Photos reveal before and nine months after an upper blepharoplasty and lower facelift. 

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Brow Lift / Forehead Lift Case 57 Before & After Front | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Before and one month after brow lift and upper blepharoplasty.

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Eyelid Surgery Case 49 Before & After Front | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Case #49

This patient complained of heavy and tired looking eyes. Photos reveal before and two months after brow lift and upper blepharoplasty.

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Facelift / Neck Lift Case 33 Before & After Right Oblique | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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This woman desired an overall younger look and felt she looked tired all the time. Photos reveal before and one year after a facelift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, and an endoscopic brow lift. 

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Eyelid Surgery Case 50 Before & After Front | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Before and six months after upper blepharoplasty.

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What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, minimizes puffiness and bags under the lower eyelids and removes the hooded skin of the upper lids. In some cases, upper eyelids may sag enough to actually obstruct a patient’s peripheral vision.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Even though women and men have various reasons for seeking upper and lower blepharoplasty, all patients share a desire to look more youthful, healthy, and refreshed. The concerns eyelid surgery patients may have include:

  • Excess skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelids
  • Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids over the eyelashes
  • Puffy upper and lower eyelids that result in tired-looking eyes
  • A sunken appearance beneath the eyes (tear troughs)

Dr. Ladner may recommend additional procedures to complement your blepharoplasty such as a brow lift, rhinoplasty, or facelift.

“After upper and lower blepharoplasty, I no longer look tired all the time. I look age-appropriate and the look is natural – just without those puffy bags on top and under my eyes. I couldn’t be happier when I look into the mirror.”

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Can Heavy Eyelids Cause Vision Problems?

Even though many patients get blepharoplasty for cosmetic reasons, some patients need upper eyelid surgery if skin droops enough to obscure their vision or makes it difficult to wear glasses or contacts.

Dr. Keith Ladner

Dr. Keith Ladner

Women and men trust their faces to double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Ladner, whose world-class training includes a prestigious facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship. As a specialist focusing exclusively on the face, Dr. Ladner uses the most advanced techniques to produce remarkable, natural-looking results.

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Are You Put to Sleep for Eyelid Surgery?

Dr. Ladner uses local anesthetic with sedation for upper eyelid surgery. He performs lower blepharoplasty using either conscious sedation or a general anesthetic.

How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Dr. Ladner uses his expertise as a facial plastic surgeon to customize your surgical plan. He assesses skin laxity and fat position in the treatment area, along with the structure of your facial anatomy. He offers multiple approaches to eyelid surgery, depending on the location of the excess skin and fat pads that need to be adjusted. Dr. Ladner may also remove some underlying muscle during the procedure. Patients may choose to get upper or lower eyelid surgery or combine the two procedures.

Upper Eyelid Surgery: Dr. Ladner camouflages incisions by making them in the natural crease of the upper eyelids. He then removes excess skin and an appropriate amount of fat; aggressive fat removal can create a skeletal appearance around the eyes.

Lower Eyelid Surgery: Incisions may be made on the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival incision) or just below the lash line. In either case, Dr. Ladner takes care to minimize the invasiveness of the procedure. He then removes or repositions fat to erase undereye bags. Injecting filler in the tear troughs can also enhance the results.

Dr. Ladner meticulously closes the incisions using fine sutures to minimize the scar. Depending on the individual patient’s needs, the procedure takes 1 to 2 hours.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery patients can typically return to work within a week of their procedures, although there may be some lingering swelling and bruising.

What Is Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?

We provide post-op instructions for cleaning the incisions and applying moisturizing ointment and cold compresses. Sleeping with your head elevated can help reduce the time needed to heal. You’ll return to our office to have sutures removed within 7 to 9 days.

How Long After Blepharoplasty Will I Look Normal?

Swelling and bruising fade significantly in about 14 days; makeup around the eyelids can hide residual bruising.

A Reputation Built on Results

Our Patients Say it Best

When it comes to plastic surgery, you deserve the highest quality care. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional service and creating satisfying, long-lasting results. Want to learn more? Hear what our patients have to say about their experience at Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery.

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5.0/5
Nov 16, 2021
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Absolutely wonderful experience for a rhinoplasty consult! The front office team is great, and Dr. Ladner really takes his time with you. He knows what he's doing - by far the best consult I had. Update November 2021: Dr. Ladner did my rhinoplasty in July and I am SO GLAD I went with him. He’s a true expert and kind soul. I’m about 4 months in and still have a ways to go (I started with a bulbous tip), but seem to be headed in the right direction. The office is always there to answer my questions and concerns. I had a follow up appointment yesterday and was so grateful for the time and care Dr. Ladner and his team took with me. Can’t wait to see where I’m at in another 4 months! Still highly recommend this office!!
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5.0/5
Oct 24, 2021
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First time Botoxer, long time scowler. I visited the office a couple of months ago and have nothing but positive feedback about my experience. The front desk was kind and helpful. My appointment was with Tom and he did a fantastic job. I hate needles and was very nervous but he put my mind at ease in no time. Happy to say that the 111, not just an 11, is gone and I look forward to my next visit with them.
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5.0/5
Oct 21, 2021
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Dr Ladner performed my revision rhinoplasty on me two years ago. I could not be happier with the level of professionalism, skill, knowledge and experience than this office. Dr Ladner is an artist. He takes time to explain all of the procedures, the reasoning behind his technique, etc. He made me feel very comfortable. Further, his practice treats their clients like family, which makes me feel connected, heard and very confident in all services I receive from them. Also, I use Maureen & Tom for all of my injections. Masters!!!! I only recommend this office for anything related to Facial Aesthetics.
Google
5.0/5
Oct 20, 2021
Google Etna Interactive
The staff here are wonderful and helpful!
Google
5.0/5
Oct 19, 2021
Google Etna Interactive
I had a great process done with Dr. Ladner! From the beginning he made sure we had the same vision and goals for the end result. I am super happy and grateful with what this has done for me and my confidence! Definitely recommend him and his team.
Google
5.0/5
Sep 21, 2021
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I am so lucky to have found Dr. Ladner and his incredible team. I've been considering rhinoplasty for many years, and have been searching all over CO for a surgeon I could trust. I knew the moment my consultation began that I wanted to go with Dr. Ladner. He listened to all of my concerns and made sure I was comfortable every step of the way. Not a single question went unanswered pre or post op, which made me feel very informed and excited to see my results. Modifying any features on your face can be terrifying, but I wouldn’t trust anyone besides Dr. Ladner and his wonderful team to do so. The stunning gallery on their website speaks for itself!! I am 6 months post op and I can confidently say that Dr. Ladner and his team gave me the nose of my dreams. I would highly recommend them to anyone I meet considering cosmetic surgery, worth every penny!!
Google
5.0/5
Jun 11, 2021
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Hey there, if you were like me and looking through reviews to find the perfect plastic surgeon because of an insecurity, look no further! I got a rhinoplasty done by Dr. Ladner about 5 months ago and I seriously could not be happier! Looking in the mirror and hating what you see is the absolute worst feeling, it’s something I finally don’t do anymore. When you go into his office you will be greeted by the most kind and caring staff (also GORGEOUS, seriously they’re all stunning) you know you came to the right place. Every time I leave that office I feel so confident because everyone is so sweet and complementary that it makes me feel invincible. I could go on all day about my amazing experience! 11/10 Ps: try the tinted sunscreen!
Google
5.0/5
Jun 1, 2021
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As a first timer, I was contemplating the idea of some Botox and Lip Filler and was recommended Dr. Ladner's office by a friend. Everything about the process, from start to finish, was incredible. Dr. Ladner, Luciana and Tom, their Physician Assistant, made me feel extremely comfortable and at ease. They were very professional, thorough, knowledgeable, and an absolute pleasure to be around. They listened to my questions and concerns and produced results that were exactly what I was looking for. I look and feel great and I truly couldn't have been happier with the whole experience. My only regret is that I didn't come in sooner! I'm looking forward to going back again in a few months and know they will be my go-to Plastic Surgery office moving forward. I'd highly recommend checking them out, you won't be disappointed.
Google
5.0/5
Jun 1, 2021
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Doctor Ladner and his talented and caring group of nurses and support staff made me feel confident and 100% comfortable with my procedure—before, during and after my neck lift. I could not be happier with my results and with how quickly I have healed. I would refer and have referred friends and family to Dr. Ladner, and I cannot thank him and his team enough for all they have done for me. Greta
Google
5.0/5
May 4, 2021
Google Etna Interactive
After meeting with Dr Ladner and discussing the rhinoplasty procedure, I felt confident and ready to move forward. He and his nurse Luciana were absolutely wonderful from start to finish. I am so happy with the outcome - I will always be thankful for Dr Ladner!!
Google
5.0/5
Mar 24, 2021
Google Etna Interactive
Dr. Ladner and his team are awesome! They are kind, committed to communication, and open to all the questions you have. I would recommend them to anyone looking into getting cosmetic surgery.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 17, 2021
Google Etna Interactive
10/10 !! I had Rhinoplasty done by Dr. Ladner and I could not be happier with the whole process, not to mention the result! Dr. Ladner and his staff are absolutely amazing! Since the first phone call to book my consultation I felt so welcomed! The staff is so sweet and everything is taken care of the best way possible. Dr. Ladner does amazing work! He makes you feel really comfortable and answers every question so detailed that you know he knows what he is doing! The anesthesia doctor was amazing, they all take such good care of you and make you feel at home and safe, the nurse after surgery, so sweet and great! Worth the money for sure!! I recommend Dr. Ladner 100% !!
Google
5.0/5
Jan 4, 2021
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The most incredible doctor and and team of nurses. Dr. Ladner and his staff go above and beyond. Highly recommend.
Google
5.0/5
Jan 4, 2021
Google Etna Interactive
I had such an incredible experience with Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery! I have wanted a Rhinoplasty for the last decade of my life and finally took the plunge in September of 2020. I had looked into other surgeons, but the team at Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery is truly unmatched. From Dr. Ladner's knowledgable attention to detail and the measurements of my face to achieve a nose that would undoubtedly fit seamlessly, to personal touches such as the team remembering small details of my life (such as my job, etc) made for an extremely comfortable experience. Never once did I feel like "just another client" which was vital in making me feel able to ask questions, voice concerns, and make sure I had a personable and personalized experience. I was called by both my surgical nurse as well as my anesthesiologist the night before my surgery to get any final questions or concerns answered (and nerves eased), my mom was able to wait in the waiting room and was given periodic updates the entire time I was in surgery, and I was given my nurse's personal contact info to get any and every follow up question or concern answered post-op as well. Another stand-out element of this practice is the use of their own surgical facility across the same floor as their office. I showed up the day of my surgery knowing exactly what to expect instead of having to go to a different strange surgical center that I had never seen before. It was calm, private, and again, comfortable. I really have nothing negative to say about my experience here, I cannot say enough about the positive and life-changing experience I had with this team and I am beyond thrilled with the results. I am honestly sad that I will only see them for one last follow up appointment, but have already recommended them to everyone I know that is looking to have any procedure done! Dr. Ladner is top notch at his craft and the rest of the team wrapped my first plastic surgery experience into the most perfect package. Thank you Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery for correcting a life-long insecurity and helping me feel confident, beautiful, and more like myself than ever!
Google
5.0/5
Jan 3, 2021
Google Etna Interactive
The staff is very welcoming, knowledgable, and efficient. I will definitely be back!
Google
5.0/5
Dec 18, 2020
Google Etna Interactive
There are no words to express my gratitude to Dr. Ladner and his staff. For years I wanted to remove the puffiness around my eyes but never felt confident with any surgeon until I met Dr. Ladner. He took as much time as needed to answer my questions and settle my fears. I didn't want to look 30 years younger - just wanted to look my age without the bags over and under my eyes. He hit the mark perfectly! The look is totally natural for my age (63) and I no longer look tired all the time. I love my eyes every time I look into the mirror thanks to Dr. Ladner. You have no idea what it means to me - I'm so thankful to Dr. Ladner and his terrific staff!
Google
5.0/5
Dec 16, 2020
Google Etna Interactive
Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery is amazing!! I broke my nose when I was young and recently decided to get a nose job to correct it. Their customer service and patient care was outstanding! They made me feel very comfortable and reassured throughout the whole process! I definitely recommend their services.
Google
5.0/5
Dec 8, 2020
Google Etna Interactive
As someone with extremely high expectations and a nurse myself, I will admit I'm critical and never post reviews unless they're well deserved! Let me begin by saying that after three previous nasal reconstruction surgeries with other surgeons (1997, 2006, 2008) that epically failed, Dr. Keith Ladner excelled and saved my nose! Dr. Ladner spent an immense amount of time during my initial consultation in October 2019, focusing on what was most important and asking what my expectations were aesthetically and functionally. We had a plan in place and then COVID hit and my rhinoplasty was delayed until June 2020. Post wave I of Covid, my surgery was finally rescheduled and the process from start to finish was with ease, minimal pain, and exceptional follow-up care with his practice. The results were better than I anticipated, my breathing was instantly improved with a rib graft placement, my nose was now straight and no longer twisting to the left. In October 2019, I decided to have a full face and neck lift with another surgeon which resulted in a second surgical revision nine months later. Keeping in mind the original surgery was 20k out of pocket with the first provider. Dr. Ladner consulted with me many times regarding my poor facelift results during the time I was in his office for f/u appts. with my rhino-revision. On 11/24, Dr. Ladner accepted the challenge of cleaning up another Cherry Creek provider's failed attempts, yes, two separate surgical attempts, which left me pixy eared, asymmetrical, gross skin laxity, and 20k in the negative. I'm currently nine days post-op and there are too many positive adjectives to describe my happiness with the outcome; I can only imagine how much better my results will get as I heal. I can honestly recommend this surgeon without reservation and attest to the factual accuracy of this review and leave you with this ... For all those other providers in the facial aesthetics lane, "MOVE OVER" Ladner is Full throttle, passing you at light speed, and leaving you in the dust!
Google
5.0/5
Nov 21, 2020
Google Etna Interactive
I went to Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery for Botox and filler and was beyond amazed at the incredibly perfect job Maureen did for me. She really listened to me and the results were exactly what I had hoped for. She is a true professional and I highly recommend her! I will never go to anyone else.
Google
5.0/5
Nov 9, 2020
Google Etna Interactive
Maureen is the best injector I have ever used. 10 out of 10 would recommend her for any botox treatments.

What Is Ptosis Repair?

Ptosis refers to a condition in which one or both eyes become droopy due to trauma, congenital causes, or because of the natural aging process. Ptosis is often diagnosed when there is asymmetry between the appearance of the eyes. Men and women with ptosis can struggle to keep their eyes fully open, and this can worsen when the muscles around the eyes are tired, causing impaired vision.

Surgery to correct this condition involves tightening muscles that elevate the eyelids. As with blepharoplasty, incisions made for ptosis repair are strategically placed in the natural creases of the eyelids. Dr. Ladner positions the height of the eyelid to help ensure optimal results. The procedure, which usually takes about an hour, is commonly performed under local anesthesia, with or without sedation.

Even though ptosis repair surgery is similar to blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is often performed on the upper and lower lids and involves removing excess skin and fat pads or repositioning fat. Ptosis repair, on the other hand, addresses muscles in the upper eyelids only and is often performed on just one eyelid. The recovery following ptosis repair is very similar to blepharoplasty recovery.

Meet With Dr. Ladner

Women and men looking for the best eyelid surgery specialist in Denver often choose Dr. Ladner. You can request a consultation to meet with him personally or call our office at (303) 253-7686 to schedule an appointment.

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