Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in San Diego, CA

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About Eyelid Surgery

The eyes are a feature that is totally unique to every person, and your eyes deserve to be seen. Unfortunately, excess skin above or around the eyes can cause sagging and often leads to an unflattering facial appearance. To address this, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson performs eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, to lift and tighten the skin of the lower and upper eyelids. This creates a softer and rejuvenated look for women and men alike who suffer from a tired or angry appearance due to sagging eyelid skin. An additional benefit of blepharoplasty is the improved vision and functionality patients experience as a result of the removal of excess skin. Whether your procedure is done for the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both, your expressions will look softer, younger, and seamless. At San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, Dr. Laverson consistently produces results that are striking, natural, and lasting.

Ideal Candidates

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery for the face that is popular among both women and men. During your one-on-one, treatment options will be provided by Dr. Laverson based on the concerns you would like addressed. Most often, ideal candidates wish to reduce the appearance of excess, sagging skin and folds on the upper eyelid or puffy skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional problems that might get in the way of your vision and everyday activities. For a more awakened facial appearance, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate treatment for you. If you have excess, hanging skin on the upper eyelid or bags underneath the eyes, blepharoplasty can provide you with a softer and more youthful appearance.

Surgical Technique

Depending on the nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be used. Eyelid surgery may be done on the top eyelid by itself, bottom lid, or both.

  • Upper
    Upper eyelid surgery reduces loose skin that could impair your vision to produce a more flattering look. The incision point is often placed along the natural crease of the lid.
  • Lower
    Lower blepharoplasty is performed to improve bulging, bloated skin underneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is made below the lash line to surgically remove fat, and the skin is gently lifted to create a smoother look. Sometimes a nonsurgical laser procedure may be performed to help with discoloration while injectable fillers can be used to add volume and smoothness as needed.

What to Expect

Blepharoplasty can take up to three hours, depending on your unique treatment plan. After surgery, you should set aside several days to rest. Cold compresses can assist in reducing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. The outcomes from blepharoplasty can last several decades or even longer.  Although your result is enduring and sets your appearance clock back, the aging process continues. To maintain your amazing surgical outcome and your glowing youthful appearance, nonsurgical treatments at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, such as injections, fillers, and lasers, are recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery costs will vary based on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. Once your surgical plan is created in your initial consultation, Dr. Laverson can talk to you about cost estimates. To help you afford great results, the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic accepts a number of payment methods, including low-interest medical financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When excess skin is compromising your sight, your health insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty costs. Please talk to Dr. Laverson during your consultation if you're considering using your insurance. A team member at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic can help you submit the required information to your provider so your claim can be considered. In most cases, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your field of vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Blepharoplasty doesn't just help to rejuvenate your face, it provides many other benefits as well. You may discover that your field of vision has increased once loose, hanging skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It will also be much easier to apply eye shadow and other makeup products once your upper lid is smooth and taut. Addressing fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid can help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without the need for excessive cosmetics.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles might be better treated with a brow lift or facelift because the improvements of blepharoplasty are typically limited to the upper or lower eyelids alone. Blepharoplasty may also be performed with a nonsurgical treatment, like BOTOX, to smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, can help to add volume for a softer, smoother appearance. During your initial consultation, Dr. Laverson will develop a unique treatment plan that suits your needs and goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Nonsurgical skin tightening or injectable wrinkle treatments (like Juvéderm, BOTOX, and Restylane) may provide you with mild improvements. However, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or would like to see results that last for many years, eyelid surgery may be better for your needs. Once you discuss all of your needs and goals with Dr. Laverson, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He may recommend combining both nonsurgical and surgical procedures to achieve comprehensive results.

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Younger-Looking Eyes

If your vision is impaired from excess skin on the upper eyelids, or if you find yourself frustrated with bulging bags underneath your eyes, then cosmetic eyelid surgery at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic could be the solution you've been seeking. This treatment can allow you to look and feel younger and more alert, as well as provide a beautiful solution to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to call our office in San Diego, CA to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson.

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