Surgery Procedures

Eyelid Surgery

The eyes are one of the most important sources of expression in the face. They can reveal how someone feels — happy, sad, tired, or angry — as well as reveal how old someone is.

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  • An eyelid lift, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a 1-2 hour surgery to help the appearance of your upper or lower eyelids.
  • Upper eyelids sometimes have excess skin that folds over and occasionally can obstruct your vision. The upper lid blepharoplasty helps to correct this.
  • Lower eyelids can get “bags” or looseness that makes you look tired or swollen. A lower lid blepharoplasty can help rejuvenate this area.
  • The surgery can be done on either your upper lids or lower lids, or both at the same time. Occasionally, a brow lift is also performed simultaneously to achieve total rejuvenation of this area.
  • The recovery time for the procedure is about 1-2 weeks where you should rest your eyes and allow the swelling (and occasional bruising) to resolve.


The eyes are one of the most important sources of expression in the face. They can reveal how someone feels — happy, sad, tired, or angry — as well as reveal how old someone is. As we age, reduced skin elasticity and fat deposits can make the skin around our eyes droopy, making us appear old, tired, and even angry. Fortunately, cosmetic eyelid surgery can help individuals look happier, lively, and more energetic. Our plastic surgeons are experienced in the latest eyelid surgery techniques for the most natural-looking results, offering some of the best eyelid surgery Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton has to offer.

Before Cosmetic Eye Surgery

Individuals who are interested in eyelid surgery will meet with our surgeons to discuss their candidacy for the procedure. The best candidates for cosmetic eye surgery are those with baggy or droopy eyelids who are in good physical health. Candidates should not suffer from eye conditions such as glaucoma or dry eye, as well as other medical conditions such as untreated hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Our surgeons can evaluate a patient's facial structure as well as medical history to determine candidacy for eyelid surgery during the initial consultation, and will give you recommendations about the best way to perform the procedure.

In addition, our plastic surgeons will explain the entire cosmetic eye surgery procedure in detail and discuss the risks and limitations associated with it. They will also evaluate the patient's goals to determine the best surgical technique. Our surgeons will also take the time to address any questions or concerns the patient may have. Contact our practice today to schedule a thorough consultation for eyelid surgery.

Preparation for Eyelid Surgery

It is important for patients to begin preparing for their cosmetic eye surgery procedure at least two weeks before their scheduled operation. At this time, patients should stop smoking, drinking, and taking aspirin or other blood-thinning medications. The day before surgery, patients should stock up on items they will need during the healing process, such as gauze bandages, eye drops, towels, ice, and other items suggested by our surgeons. Patients should also arrange for someone to accompany them to and from our practice, as patients will not be able to drive after eyelid surgery.

On the day of surgery, patients should thoroughly wash their face and eyebrows to minimize the risk of infection. They should also refrain from wearing any cosmetics or accessories. Following these instructions, as well as any other specific instructions provided by our surgeons, will help ensure a rapid recovery.

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

During the eyelid surgery procedure, the surgeon creates incisions along the upper and lower eyelids according to the natural lines and folds. For upper eyelid surgery, incisions are made along the creases. For lower eyelid surgery, incisions are created just beneath the lash line or under the lower eyelid. Next, the surgeon separates the skin from underlying fat and muscle. Some of the underlying fat is removed and excess skin and muscle tissue are trimmed. Finally, the incisions are closed with very fine sutures to minimize the appearance of scarring. In some cases, lower eyelid surgery can be performed on the inside of the eyelid so that there is no visible scarring.

Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia and, depending on the extent of the procedure, can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. Eyelid surgery can be combined with additional procedures including a brow lift, rhinoplasty, BOTOX® injections, Restylane® injections, chemical peels, and more. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.

Cosmetic Eye Surgery Recovery and Results

Patients who have undergone cosmetic eye surgery from our expert surgeons are generally pleased with their new youthful and more alert appearance, which will last for years. However, it generally takes a few weeks for the full results to become apparent.

Immediately after eyelid surgery, the area around the eyes may be sore, bruised, and swollen. However, prescribed medication can ease any pain or discomfort. Other symptoms patients may experience include vision changes, light sensitivity, and tearing or dryness of the eyes. Patients will be instructed to keep their head elevated for several days and use eye drops when necessary.

Stitches can be removed a few days after the eyelid surgery procedure, which will eliminate some of the bruising and swelling around the eyes. Patients generally feel much better after this time. Although it will be safe to read and watch television, patients who wear contact lenses should refrain from using them for two weeks following cosmetic eye surgery. Patients will be able to go back to work and resume other normal activities approximately five to seven days after surgery. Scars may still be pink and very visible, but will fade significantly over time. They are usually almost invisible in a few months. Following these and all other instructions given by our surgeons will ensure that patients receive the most successful results and feel they've received the best blepharoplasty Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton can provide.

Eyelid Surgery Costs

Eyelid surgery costs vary based on whether or not you are performing the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or all four eyelids (quad-blepharoplasty). Usually the surgeries start at about $5,000, which can be as low as $100 a month financed. To get an exact treatment plan with costs, please schedule a consult. We strive to provide the most-successful eyelid surgery Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton has available, and we can't wait for you to experience the youthful benefits! Call today to get your excellent results sooner.

Content written and approved by Darshan Shah, MD Plastic Surgeon.

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