What Is Upper Eyelid Surgery?
Upper eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is not just about rejuvenating your appearance; it's about rediscovering a brighter, more refreshed version of yourself without excess lid skin. Dr. Charles K. Lee, our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon at L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA, specializes in upper eyelid surgery, offering both men and women the opportunity to look more youthful and revitalized.
Upper Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"So I’ve been researching doctors and did consultations with 3 other plastic surgeons and I decided to go with Dr. Charles Lee because I’m half Korean and half white and I know that he is really good with ethnic faces ! Also he knew exactly what I wanted and executed it exactly to the "T" what I was envisioning! It’s only been a month and I already love the results! It’s only going to get better from here!!! I had a tipoplasty and an upper blepharoplasty. I look younger now!!! I can’t believe it looks as good as it does at just over 3 weeks! Can’t wait for it to be completely healed!"- J.Y. / Yelp / Jun 27, 2022
"Excellent experience. I highly recommend coming here, the staff was very friendly, and welcoming. I was very nervous about my eyelid surgery but they were so comforting from start to finish. He made sure it looked nature, and comfortable for me. The surgeon was with me during my consult, before and after surgery to make sure I understood everything. Thank you L Plastic Surgery!"- I.G. / Google / Oct 01, 2022
"After doing a lot of research I knew Doctor Charles Lee was the only doctor for me to do my double eyelid surgery! Not only is he super knowledgeable but the entire office staff is incredibly kind and patient with all my questions. I was anxious during the recovery period, but everyone was so patient with me and answered all my questions. I am now 3 months post-surgery and just had my 4th post-op appointment. We joked about how I kept checking myself out in the mirror during the visit because I love my new eyes so much! Doctor Lee was very professional and I felt like I was given the five-star treatment all the way. Feeling that you are being cared for and listened to really made me feel comforted before and during surgery. He's an amazing surgeon that really takes pride in making his patients happy."- M.N. / Google / Jul 01, 2022
"I live in Canada and traveled to San Francisco to have Dr. Lee perform a Asian eyelid surgery. Prior to my consult with Dr. Lee, I consulted with 3 doctors in Canada. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by any of them. I almost gave up on the idea of having the blepharoplasty surgery because I was afraid. Then I found Dr. Lee through a google search who was listed as the best doctors for plastic surgery in eyelid surgery. Following the consult with Dr. Lee, I scheduled the surgery. He really understands my Asian facial structures and what needed to be done to make my eyes beautiful and natural! I highly recommend Dr. Lee!! It was totally worth traveling from Canada to find him. He has a wonderful support staff, too!"- N.A. / Google / Jul 26, 2023
"I keep reading the 1 star reviews and I’m just laughing , people should be writing reviews on what you came here for ! It’s for good plastic surgery procedures! I didn’t come here for bed side manner or for polite receptionists , I came here because I know Charles lee is good! And he isn’t gouging his prices even though his office is beautiful and I’m sure he has a huge overhead ! When it comes down to it , he’s really good at his craft and that’s all that should matter ! Im a half Korean guy who used to have heavy hooded eyes he reversed the aging process for me and I literally get compliments all of the time! I’m not kidding , everyday people are like "you look amazing! "You look so refreshed" , "are you wearing colored contacts?" (I don’t, but it’s because getting rid of the hood let’s light shine onto your iris therefore making your eyes appear brighter) If you’re looking for a sensitive dada figure who will hold your hand maybe that’s not dr. Lee but if you want the result you’ve been thinking about for years then this is your doctor ! Also he added some cartilage to the tip of my nose"- J.Y. / Yelp / Sep 09, 2023
Do I qualify for this surgery?
The ideal candidates for upper eyelid surgery are individuals who:
- Show signs of aging due to eyelid issues
- Experience vision problems caused by droopy eyelids
- Have droopy or down-turned eyelids due to aging or genetics
- Suffer from bags under the eyes
- Seek a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance
- Desire a natural look
If you identify with any of these factors, consider a consultation with Dr. Lee to explore the possibilities of enhancing your eye appearance.
What to expect during upper eyelid surgery
During the upper eyelid surgery procedure, Dr. Lee makes an incision within the natural fold of the eyelid. The incision is extended outward to address any extraneous skin folds present on the outer portion of the upper lid. Excess fat and skin are meticulously removed, and the incision is closed with thin sutures, that are removed by Dr. Lee or his trained assistant 1 week post operation. In some cases, both the upper and lower eyelids may require attention to effectively address all issues, making the surgery last approximately three hours when combined.
Seeing your post upper eyelid results
Upper eyelid surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia and will not require you to be under general anesthesia. Following the surgery, patients can anticipate bruising and swelling, which can be managed with ice packs, medicated eye ointments, or eye drops, in addition to elevating the head. These symptoms usually subside within a few days. Most patients experience a straightforward recovery, allowing them to return to their normal activities within a week. The results of the surgery are natural-looking, creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Moreover, the incisions are discreetly placed inside the eyelid, ensuring that scars remain hidden.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between having an upper or lower eyelid surgery?
For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is typically placed along the lash line to access and remove excess fat and tissue. Patients with puffy lower lids and good skin tone may benefit from transconjunctival blepharoplasty, a special technique. Upper eyelid surgery primarily corrects hanging, aged skin and tissues that contribute to an older appearance or vision impairment.
Will an upper eyelid surgery fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, such as Crow's feet, may require treatments like a brow lift or facelift, as eyelid surgery primarily focuses on the eyelids. Dr. Lee may recommend combining eyelid surgery with nonsurgical treatments, such as BOTOX, to address these issues effectively.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eyelid surgery?
While nonsurgical skin tightening procedures or injectable treatments offer mild, short-term improvements, they may not be suitable for moderate-to-severe loose skin. Eyelid surgery is the better choice for long-lasting results. Dr. Lee can create a personalized treatment plan that combines surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the best outcome.
Look and feel Uplifted
Don't let aging eyes hold you back. Upper eyelid surgery not only rejuvenates your appearance but also corrects obstructions caused by droopy eyelids. When you're ready to transform your eyes and overall look, contact us at 415.933.8330 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee. Discover a brighter, more refreshed you today.
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