Skip to main content

Some of the most noticeable signs of age and exhaustion can manifest around the eyes. Fortunately, there are a number of effective cosmetic enhancement procedures that can effectively rejuvenate the areas surrounding the eyes and give you a more rested and youthful appearance.

First and foremost at the practice practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan, we want to know what bothers YOU about your eyelids. What are your ultimate goals? What are the specific issues you are having with the appearance of your eyes? At your initial consultation, we will then proceed with a careful evaluation of the eyelids and the surrounding areas. Dr. Sullivan will go over all the alternatives for treatment, and together, you and Dr. Sullivan will decide the option that will most benefit your needs.

Why Choose Dr. Sullivan for Eyelid Surgery?

We are absolutely committed to providing you with the best. Throughout our last 20 years in practice we have focused on the eyelids, as the eyes are such a key area of facial expression. We have found ways to remove puffiness and circles around the eyes at the same time. This takes away the “tired appearance” and we do it through hidden incisions.

Renowned by his peers for his expertise and artistry in eyelid surgery and facial rejuvenation, Dr. Sullivan’s credibility and proficiency in performing blepharoplasty / eyelid lifts is unmatched. As a result, he received the 2014 Best Cosmetic Paper award in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal for his article “Extended Lower Lid Blepharoplasty for Eyelid and Mid-face Rejuvenation”. As another testament to his skill and innovative approach, he is frequently asked to present his experience and research at national and international plastic surgery meetings in an effort to educate others on how to achieve exceptional blepharoplasty results in a safe way. Included among the numerous medical societies that have requested him to lecture at their respective conferences are such esteemed organizations as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, he was also invited to be a keynote speaker and instructor at the Master’s World Aesthetic Congress in 2014 – an international symposium attended by plastic surgeons from all around the world.

To learn more about Dr. Sullivan’s published techniques and extensive expertise in the realm of eyelid rejuvenation, we encourage you to follow the links below:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons interviews Dr Sullivan on Eyelid Surgery

Total Eyelid Rejuvenation

Dr. Sullivan Interviewed on Eyelid Rejuvenation

The Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Eyelid surgery is performed using I.V. sedation as we try to always avoid general anesthesia. It is also performed as outpatient surgery. For lower eyelid surgery, the procedure involves tiny incisions on the lower lid that are frequently hidden on the inside of the lid (see published diagram of Dr. Sullivan’s technique) so the scars are completely hidden as well.

With Dr. Sullivan’s published technique an incision is made on the inside of the lower lid (transconjunctival). This gives direct exposure to the protruding fat and also to the arcus marginalis and retaining ligaments that are associated with circles under the eyes (lid-cheek junction abnormality, tear trough deformity). These retaining ligaments are detached. The circles are marked pre-operatively and the retaining ligament attachments underneath them are released with the surgery. The fatty tissue is brought down over the bone (orbital rim) in order to smooth out the circles and decrease the puffy appearance of the extruding fat.

This demonstrates that no incision has been made through the skin, the muscle, or the septum of the lower lid, thus avoiding any injury to those structures. We have excellent access then to bring the puffy fatty tissue in the lower lid down to fill in the circles under the eyelids. Frequently, the fat is sutured in place to decrease any chances of it moving out of position.

For upper eyelid rejuvenation, the upper eyelid incision is hidden in the natural crease of the upper eyelid and is often imperceptible after several weeks.

Upper and lower eyelid surgery involve the removal of excess skin and a tightening of the remainder for a smoother, more rested, and more youthful appearance around the eyes. Lower eyelid surgery can also address under eye bags.

Dr Patrick Sullivan and his staff have always provided the best care before, during, and after my procedures. I totally trust his artistic vision and would recommend anyone considering plastic surgery to consult with him. I am very happy with my results!


More Patient Reviews


The eyelid surgery itself takes from ½ to 2 ½ hours depending on the complexity. Recovery is often rapid with patients returning to work in 5 to 7 days – again, depending on the extent of surgery and each individual patient’s physiology. Dr. Sullivan’s make-up artist assists the patients with cover up make up if they need it. Normal activities are gradually resumed over the recovery process. We do not want people to be sedentary after eyelid surgery and we encourage walking around but not over doing it by heavy lifting.

Blepharoplasty Results

Visit our female or male galleries to see before-and-after photos of some of our eyelid surgery patients, and please contact Dr. Sullivan to schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) at our Providence, Rhode Island practice.

Eye Rejuvenation FAQ’s

What is the Difference Between Fillers and Botox?
When is Too Soon to Consider an Eyelift?
Where Are the Incisions Made During Surgery?
Who Should You go to for Your Eyelid Rejuvenation?
What Can I Do About the Dark Circles Under My Eyes?
How Far Do Your Patients Travel?
What are the Costs and Recovery Time of a Brow Lift?

Schedule a Consultation