What is a Skin Pinch Blepharoplasty?

May 9, 2024

Skin pinch procedure is a simple form of lower eyelid surgery where essentially, we target the excessive skin in the lower eyelid. The technical term is a “skin pinch lower blepharoplasty”. It is simple because it is a procedure that can generally be performed under local anaesthetic in the clinic setting.

What to expect during the procedure.

During the procedure under local anaesthetic, we pinch the excessive skin to ascertain how much skin can be safely removed. I tend to combine the skin pinch procedure with tightening of the lower eyelid muscle in order to give a much better appearance to the lower eyelid as well as to improve the scarring.

Watch a live Skin Pinch procedure by Specalist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Steven Liew (warning, video containg graphic content)

How does it compare to blepharoplasty and who is a good candidate?

The ideal candidate for this procedure is one where the main issue is excess and lax skin without excessive fat in the form of eyebags. His or her main concerns tend to be  bunching of skin on the lower eyelids when they smile. The skin pinch blepharoplasty is best suited to people with this concern.

What kind of results can be achieved with this procedure?

The patient can expect a smoother lower eyelid at rest. Additionally, clients say they look better when they smile as there is less skin bunching.

What kind of downtime does it involve?

The downtime tends to vary between five to seven days. This is not a painful procedure. Most patients tend to only require low dose painkillers for the first 48 hours. The recovery process is not a difficult one. We tend to advise patients to use cold compress and sleep with 2 pillows for the first 48 hours and make sure they don’t do any exercise for the first two weeks. We then implement scar therapy. Most patients tend to have a non-visible scar appearance from about six weeks on.

On average, how much would it cost for a ‘skin pinch’ undereye procedure? Is it something you’d recommend to people?

The procedure cost varies between $4,000 to $6,000. The cost can vary depending on whether any additional procedures are performed at the same time. We say ‘procedures’ as we tend to combine with some laser surgery to improve the quality of the skin or sometimes, we combine it with polynucleotide injection, once again to improve the texture and the quality of the skin. All in all, the lower blepharoplasty is a very popular procedure because it works, having minimal downtime. Patients tend to be very happy with both the results and the lowest social downtime.

Are there any risks associated with the Skin Pinch Treatment?

The potential risks of this procedure are minimal. The patient can expect some bruising with minimal discomfort. The most important thing to remind patients is that this is a surgical procedure. When dealing with a lower eyelid it is important to deal with someone who has experience so that just enough skin has been removed to deal with the patients concern but not too much. If we remove too much, then there is a risk of the lower eyelid being pulled down permanently creating complications that is unsightly  with  excessively watery eyes.

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