What is a lower Eyelid lift?
Is your lower eyelid making you look older, puffy, and chronically fatigued? At L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA, you can have a consultation with our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Charles K. Lee, for lower eyelid surgery. He can successfully recontour your lower lid and undereye area to help you look less puffy and more refreshed on a daily basis. Lower eyelid surgery removes the loose skin and pockets of fat to smooth the skin underneath the eyes. Dr. Lee is skilled at skin excision and fat reduction surgeries of the face and body. By making a few subtle changes to your undereye area, Dr. Lee can help you achieve your aesthetic goals with surgery.
Lower Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Highly Recommend! - I wanted to get double eyelid surgery since I was young but never knew what the process was like or which surgeon to pick. None of my friends had the procedure done so I had to base my decision on online reviews. After spending months researching, I picked Dr. Lee because he had the best reviews and seemed the most competent during the consultation, and I’m so glad I did! The entire process went very smoothly, from the consultation, surgery itself, and follow ups. During the consultation, Dr. Lee took the time to understand exactly what I wanted my eyelids to look like. He and his staff clearly explained what I would expect during and after surgery, as well as how to take care of my eyelids. He also met with me at various stages post-surgery to make sure my eyelids were healing properly. As a result, I experienced minimal discomfort during recovery and am very happy with my results— my eyelids look very natural, just how I wanted them to be! Dr. Lee and his staff are professional, competent, and reassuring, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him!"- S. / RealSelf / May 22, 2020
"Feeling More Refreshed and Youthful After Facelift - I have been considering a face lift surgery for a couple of years now as a retirement gift to myself. Working long hours and not having enough time for myself for the past few decades have aged my face to a point where I felt and looked older than my actual age. I was recommended to Dr. Lee by a good family friend who just had the upper blepharoplasty by him and the results were naturally amazing. I went in for a consultation to discuss the process of getting a facelift and after seeing before and after pictures I was all in! Dr. Lee was very professional, knowledgeable, and personable. The ladies that work with him are also very friendly and guided me the whole way. I had the MACS Facelift with Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty in November 2019 and the results are remarkable. I honestly can say that because Dr. Lee and his staff were so attentive and informative, it made the recovery process so much easier. Every question I had was answered in a timely manner regardless of how trivial I thought my question was. Dr. Lee is highly skilled and I recommend for everyone to see him! Now I’m just waiting for COVID to be over so I can travel and enjoy retirement and my new found youth."- J. / RealSelf / Jul 03, 2020
"This is a very long awaited review. I got double eyelid surgery along with epicanthoplasty done here by Dr. Lee earlier this year in April, so it’s been about 6 months post op. I can absolutely, no doubt about it, say it was one of the best decisions of my life. I actually wish I had found Dr. Lee sooner. This review probably will be long because I want to be very thorough, since these types of reviews are the ones that really helped me in making my decision in if and where I was going to get my surgery done. Starting off with my consultation: I live 3 hours+ away from San Francisco so naturally I show up about 30 minutes late. They still fit me in! I do admit that my consultation with Dr. Lee felt very rushed and straight to the point, he wasn’t very reassuring or caring, but extremely honest about my expectations. I’m sure a big part of this had to do with me showing up late and he probably has a packed schedule every day and was trying to address my concerns and figure out what I wanted with the little time he probably had. I appreciated his honesty very much. I went to my consultation wanting high double parallel folds. After a close look at my eyelids he told me that after time my eyelids might begin to taper after surgery. We both decided it would be in my best interest to go with a high tapered fold for my new eyelids. I admit I walked out of the consultation not feeling the best about it, if not for such great consistent 5 star reviews on google I might have backed out. All of the other workers there are very sweet and nice and so considerate. They helped me get all the discounts they offered that I qualified for. I was supposed to go back for another appointment to go over the actual surgery back but that just wasn’t practical for me to drive another 7 hours there and back. So I called and they were completely fine and understanding about it. They didn’t get annoyed or shame me. They just went through everything over the phone and sent me all my papers through the mail. Very accommodating! This whole pre-op process was so smooth and reassuring. Day of surgery: I learned from my mistake and showed up with more than enough time before my surgery. Dr. Lee was very sweet and reassuring and very confident. I wasn’t really that scared or nervous at all about the surgery and a BIG part of that had to do with the fact that I was so confident in Dr. Lee as my surgeon. The surgery went smooth and he made sure to take one last good look at his work before I left. On a scale of 1-10 my pain was probably a 5. I event went to Korea town to go eat and shop a little after the surgery. The pain definitely increased pretty fast throughout the day though. I just made sure to take an Advil to help and I was fine. I made sure to follow all of Dr. Lee’s post op instructions and I was really good at putting on arnica gel every day and within a week when I went back to get my stitches out even they were surprised with such little swelling and bruising I had. ( I literally slept sitting up for that whole week though). A woman took my stitches out not Dr. Lee but she was very sweet and very efficient at it. Then Dr. Lee took one last look and that was the last of it! 6 months post op I am so happy with my eyes! Thank you Dr. Lee for all your hard work!!!"- E.V. / Google / Jan 03, 2020
"It’s been 8 months since I had eyelid surgery with Dr. Charles Lee. I’m very happy with the results. He did such a wonderful job. Dr Lee and his staff are very nice and professional. They all made me feel comfortable. I’m just upset I didn’t do it sooner, but better late than never."- F.S. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2021
"My Amazing Double Eyelid Surgery Experience - I'd been wanting to get a double eyelid surgery for a long time, and had spent years browsing through different doctors and offices in LA, SF, and even Korea. I had monolids and asymmetry that I desired to change. As soon as I turned 18, I was eager to get the procedure done, and found the reviews for Dr. Lee's practice to be most promising. Additionally, it was located close by to where I was soon to be moving. Even with the obstacles posed by COVID-19, Dr. Lee and his staff - Diana is lovely! - made me feel extremely comfortable; it felt like they truly listened to and cared about my wants and needs. They were also wonderfully supportive, and didn't once judge the fact that I was young and going about the entire process on my own. Dr. Lee played music during the surgery, and kept me updated throughout the whole procedure. From first consultation to follow-up was smooth, detailed, and enjoyable - their communication and customer service is impeccable. I am now about 5 months post-op, and couldn't be happier with the results; not only is the look very natural per my preference, but scarring is already minimal. I am able to experiment with all the makeup looks that I couldn't have achieved before, and I wake up feeling beautiful, confident, and more like myself every day."- S. / RealSelf / Feb 08, 2021
Can I have eyelid surgery?
To qualify for lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Lee will examine your facial features and ask about your aesthetic preferences to make that determination. Good candidates for lower eyelid surgery are men and women who experience:
- Bags or fat deposits and loose skin on the eyelid
- Undereye bags that make you look tired all of the time
- Desire to improve the appearance of their eyelids
Healthy adults who can withstand a surgical procedure are generally the best candidates for this surgery. It is also possible to have both upper and lower eyelid surgeries at the same time if Dr. Lee recommends it for your best plastic surgery results.
Dr. Lee's Surgical Technique
For the lower eyelid, Dr. Lee can perform your surgery in an outpatient setting. He will discuss the type of anesthesia you qualify for in your treatment planning sessions. In lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Lee will make an incision along the underside of the lash line. This will also make the surgical scar concealed within the inside of the lid. Dr. Lee will delicately remove lax skin or bulges in this area. Once the procedure is complete, he will close the incision.
Following eyelid surgery, you should keep your head elevated for the first several days. Bruising and swelling should be expected and may last up to 3 – 4 weeks. Your surgery results will look their best once your treatment area has healed in 3 – 4 weeks. Patients should expect minimal scarring at incision points, which will be almost invisible to the naked eye. We ask that you attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Lee so that he can check on the progress of your healing.
Lower eyelid lift FAQ
Is lower eyelid surgery permanent?
Your results from lower eyelid surgery will be long-lasting, but your face will continue to age. You may not have the same level of sagging or puffiness you had before surgery. However, the appearance of your eyelids will still be impacted by the aging process.
Can I have both upper and lower eyelid surgeries done at the same time?
Yes, you can have both upper and lower eyelid surgeries if Dr. Lee feels it is necessary. The only caveat is that your surgery time will be longer and will require more anesthesia.
What do I need at home for recovery?
Besides making sure you make all of your follow-up appointments with Dr. Lee, we recommend having the following items on hand at home:
- Medical gauze
- Artificial tears or eye drops to keep your eyes moist
- Sunglasses for sun protection
- Over-the-counter pain medications
Dr. Lee and his medical team will educate you on how to take care of your lower lids at home for best results and to avoid infection.
Love Your Lower Lids Again
Lower eyelid surgery at L Plastic Surgery can help to improve your eyes by making you look more attractive and less tired. Many patients, both men and women, undergo lower blepharoplasty to rejuvenate their appearance and improve the physical impairments that come from loose, sagging skin around the eyes. If you are thinking about lower eyelid surgery, please schedule a consultation at our San Francisco, CA office to begin the journey toward your new look.