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Aging Upper Eyelid Surgery

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Aging Upper Eyelid Surgery in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco

Patients seeking a more refreshed, rejuvenated, and natural facial appearance may benefit from an upper blepharoplasty procedure. The eyes are often the first point of facial visual contact. Having poorly defined, loosely shaped eyelids can make one appear tired and older than you may feel.

Multiple reasons can cause sagging, loose lids to develop, including aging, stretched-out skin, or genetic predisposition. In some cases, weakening of the eye muscle or ptosis can be a contributing factor and may need to be addressed with adjunctive surgical techniques. In addition, heavy eyebrows that have fallen below the correct anatomical location may need to be elevated with a browlift which can improve the position and contour of the eyelids.

Drooping lids are a common issue that can be effectively addressed through upper blepharoplasty. This procedure not only helps in restoring a more youthful and alert appearance but also offers functional benefits. For some patients, drooping lids can impair vision, and their repair can lead to improved sight. The benefits of upper blepharoplasty extend beyond aesthetics, contributing to enhanced self-confidence and quality of life as individuals age.

If you are considering an eye lift in the San Francisco or Southern California area, trust WAVE Plastic Surgeons to provide the high level of care and expertise you need. We have extensive knowledge on the intricacies of facial anatomy and can determine the correct surgical techniques and procedures to meet your individual needs. An upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can help improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the eyes. The goal of upper eyelid surgery is to improve the natural contour of the upper eyelids, making you’re your eyelids look more youthful and refreshed.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Good candidates for upper blepharoplasty should be in general good health, nonsmokers, and without serious eye conditions. An upper blepharoplasty can help reverse the signs of aging and restore a rejuvenated appearance to your eyelids.

Some of these changes include:

Cosmetic upper blepharoplasty is considered an elective surgery to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the eye. In some cases, a functional upper blepharoplasty may be medically necessary to improve the function of the eye, addressing any ocular issues, such as removal of excess skin, that may be impairing vision. As functional blepharoplasty addresses medical concerns and is often recommended by healthcare professionals, it may be covered by insurance. It’s best to check with your specific provider.

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Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and light sedation and generally takes about one hour to complete. During the procedure, you will remain comfortable, but will be awake enough for our surgeons to evaluate your eyelids in the open and closed position to ensure symmetry and desired contour.

An incision is made within the natural crease of the upper eyelid to minimize scarring. Excess skin and fat are removed, and inner eye muscles can be tightened, if necessary, to improve the contour of the eyelids. Very fine sutures are used to meticulously close the incisions and are removed in approximately one week.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Recovery

In general, upper blepharoplasty surgery is well tolerated. Most patients have minimal discomfort in the treatment area, which can be alleviated by taking mild over-the-counter pain medication. Expect some swelling and bruising to occur after surgery. Keep in mind it can be minimized with proper rest, cool compresses, keeping your head elevated, and avoiding salty foods. Recovery time varies based on individual overall health and the specific treatment performed. The average recovery period ranges from 10-14 days.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Results

After an upper blepharoplasty, the eyelids will appear smoother with a more defined upper eyelid contour. Results will continue to improve over time as the swelling resolves.

The longevity of the results varies with each individual, but on average can be around 7-10 years. The process of aging does not cease after surgery, so additional touch-up surgery may be needed in the future to maintain your upper blepharoplasty results.

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Our Aging Upper Eyelid Specialist

Plastic Surgeon Peter Lee

Peter Lee

M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Peter is CEO and Chief Surgeon of WAVE Plastic Surgery Center with over 20 years of plastic surgery experience, overlooking 30K+ successful plastic surgery cases. He has mentored master surgeons around the world in state-of-the-art techniques, and has been inducted into the RealSelf 100 & 500 Hall of Fame.

His many accolades and shining results are evidence of Peter’s expertise.

Plastic Surgeon Ben Lee

Ben Lee

M.D., F.A.C.S.

Throughout 20+ years in aesthetic plastic surgery, Dr. Ben Lee has always been passionate about using his skills to impart a lasting, positive impact on the lives of his patients.

“Time and time again, I have witnessed dramatic improvements in a patient’s confidence and well-being after a relatively minor cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. As a surgeon, that brings me great joy.” — Dr. Ben Lee

Plastic Surgeon Denise -Wong

Denise Wong

M.D., F.A.C.S.

With a focus on Upper Eyelid Surgery, Dr. Wong has a deep understanding of the unique anatomy of the eyelid which is critical in performing this highly technical and intricate surgery. She is experienced in approaching various specific eyelid characteristics for different ethnicities, especially Asian cultures.

She uses precise microplastic surgical techniques to rejuvenate a natural shape and refresh the inherent beauty of her patients’ eyes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery

The recovery process from upper eyelid surgery can vary with each individual, but on average, can last 10-14 days.   

Upper eyelid surgery is not considered a painful procedure.  Any discomfort can typically be treated with Tylenol pain medication. 

The cost of surgery varies with each individual patient and the techniques required to achieve your aesthetic goals.   

Upper eyelid surgery is considered a safe procedure.  Our WAVE plastic surgeons are highly knowledgeable and experienced to ensure your surgery is performed safely and successfully. 

Eyelid surgery can improve the overall aesthetic appearance of your eyes, making you look and feel more rejuvenated and refreshed.  


Longevity of the results varies with each individual, but on average can last around 7-10 years.  Aging is a multifactorial process and does not cease after surgery, so additional touch up surgery may be needed in the future to maintain your results.  

In some cases, topical skin rejuvenating products or minimally invasive skin tightening procedures can be used to improve the overall skin tone around the eyes to provide a more youthful appearance.    

Give us a call today to schedule your Eyelid Surgery consultation with one of our plastic surgeons at Wave Plastic Surgery.

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