Are your drooping eyes sending mixed messages? Lax upper eyelids and puffy under-eye bags can make you look tired and older than you feel. At United Plastic Surgery, Dr. John Larson and Dr. Phuong Pham offer eyelid lift surgery in Newport Beach and Temecula to help women and men look refreshed and rejuvenated. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are personally involved in each patient case, from the initial consultation through each post-op checkup, for satisfying, natural-looking results.
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What is an eyelid lift?
An eyelid lift, technically called blepharoplasty, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that helps Orange County women and men look refreshed and more youthful. People choose this procedure for a variety of reasons, including:
- Reducing excess upper eyelid skin
- Smoothing puffy bags and hollows under the eyes
- Removing pockets of fat from the corners of the eyes
- Tightening lower eyelids that sag below the iris
- Improving peripheral vision
Do I need an eyelid lift or a brow lift?
Because the brow area is directly above the upper eyelids, many people are unsure about whether they need an eyelid lift or brow lift surgery. If a heavy brow area is weighing down your upper eyelids, you may need a brow lift. If your upper eyelids remain saggy even when you hold your brows up, you likely need an upper blepharoplasty. Many people benefit from a combination of these procedures.
Meet Our Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Larson and Dr. Pham are experienced, highly trained board-certified plastic surgeons united in their dedication to superior patient care and surgical outcomes. They are committed to each patient from the initial consult to surgery to a personal phone call after surgery and beyond.
John V. Larson, M.D.
Board-Certified PLASTIC SURGEON
Phuong M. Pham, M.D.
Board-Certified PLASTIC SURGEON
Can blepharoplasty be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Our plastic surgeons can safely combine eyelid surgery with other plastic surgery procedures to enhance overall facial balance. Popular options include:
During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Larson or Dr. Pham will evaluate your concerns, talk with you about the changes you’d like to make, and create a personalized surgical plan. We will never rush you, so you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and discuss your concerns.
How is eyelid surgery performed?
Our surgeons perform eyelid surgery as an office procedure using a local anesthetic or as an outpatient procedure in our private surgery center using a general anesthetic. They personalize each to the patient’s unique facial anatomy and cosmetic goals.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Through incisions placed along the upper eyelid crease, the surgeon removes excess skin and orbital fat pockets, taking care to avoid making the lids too tight. He then uses fine sutures to close the incisions.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
If skin tightening is needed, the surgeon places incisions beneath the lower lash line. Otherwise, incisions can be placed within the lower eyelid (transconjunctival incisions) to redistribute the fat deposits responsible for under-eye bags and fill in the tear trough area. Incisions on the inner eyelid are closed with dissolvable sutures.
Can you have upper and lower eyelid surgery at the same time?
Yes. Many patients combine upper and lower eyelid surgery for more noticeable results with a single surgery and recovery period.
What is the fastest way to recover from a blepharoplasty?
Your surgeon will give you specific post-op instructions to follow carefully. Tips for an optimal recovery include:
- Apply ice packs as directed to minimize swelling and bruising.
- Use medicated eye drops or ointment as prescribed.
- Keep your head elevated at all times by sleeping propped up with pillows or in a recliner.
- Rest your eyes for the first week (swelling makes the eyelids heavy) by holding off on watching television and reading.
While experiences vary and lower blepharoplasty recovery takes a bit longer, patients typically recover along the following timeline:
- Sutures removed: 3 to 5 days
- Bruising fades: 2 to 3 weeks
- Swelling dissipates: 2 to 8 weeks
- Ready to go out in public and return to work and nonstrenuous activities: 10 to 14 days
- Resume strenuous activities: 3 to 4 weeks
- Wear contact lenses: 2 to 3 weeks
- Final results: 2 to 6 weeks