What's Upper Eyelid Surgery?
While an L Plastic Surgery upper eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) can rejuvenate your appearance, it can also give you a new look at life without excess lid skin. You can have a new contour to your upper eyelid with surgery performed by our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Charles K. Lee. With big, puffy upper lids, you may have fine lines or overly creased lid skin, you may qualify for our upper eyelid cosmetic surgery. If you want to defy your age and look younger, then having a procedure to enhance the appearance of your eyes is a great place to start. Visit our L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA to have a consultation with Dr. Lee. He provides results for men and women wanting to look more youthful and refreshed.
Upper Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"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
"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
Do I qualify for this surgery?
The best candidates for upper eyelid surgery
- Have eyelid issues that cause them to look older
- Have vision problems caused by droopy eyelids
- Have droopy, down-turned eyelids as a result of aging or genetics
- Have bags under the eyes
- Desire a more refreshed, rejuvenated appearance
- Desire a natural look
During Upper Eyelid Surgery
For upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Lee will make the incision within the natural fold of the eyelid. The incision will be extended outward as much as possible in order to address the extraneous skin folds located on the outside of the upper lid. After the incision is carefully made, the surgeon will remove the excess fat and skin. Afterward, the incision will be closed with absorbable sutures, which do not require removal by Dr. Lee. With some patients, both the lower and upper eyelids need to be addressed to correct all issues effectively. When both are combined, surgery can last around two hours.
Seeing Your Results
Although eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility in the San Francisco, CA area. Your upper eyelid surgery can also be performed as an in-office procedure with a milder form of anesthesia. After surgery, patients can expect the eyelids to be bruised and swollen, which can be helped with the application of ice packs, medicated eye ointments or eye drops, and elevating the head. These symptoms should last a few days. Eyelid recovery is usually easy for most patients and normal activities can be resumed within a week. Patients should expect natural-looking, younger, more refreshed eyelids after their surgery. In addition, scars shouldn’t be visible due to their placement on the inside of the lid.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between having an upper or lower eyelid surgery?
For lower eyelid surgery, the incision will be placed along the bottom of the lash line to allow Dr. Lee to access to remove the extraneous fat and tissue. A special technique is used for patients with puffy lower lids but good skin tone called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. Patients with dark under-eye circles caused by a lack of fat in the area could benefit from injectables or fat fillers to add volume to the area. The upper eyelid surgery generally corrects hanging, aged skin and tissues that make the patient look older or impairs their vision.
Will an upper eyelid surgery fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) may be better addressed with a brow lift or facelift since the improvements of eyelid surgery are limited to the eyelids only. Blepharoplasty can be performed alongside nonsurgical treatment such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. During your consultation, Dr. Lee will create your custom treatment plan based on your goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eyelid surgery?
Nonsurgical skin tightening procedures or injectable treatments (like BOTOX) can only provide mild, short-lived improvements. If you have moderate-to-severe loose skin or would like to see results that last a long time, eyelid surgery would be better for your needs. When you tell Dr. Lee about your aesthetic goals, He can explain his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He may also recommend combining both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for your best results.
Look and feel Uplifted
No longer should you allow your eyes to age you beyond your years. Not only can you look younger and more revitalized with upper eyelid surgery, but you can also correct obstructions caused by droopy eyelids. When you’re ready to transform your eyes and overall appearance, please feel free to give us a call at 415.933.8330 to set up a consultation with Dr. Lee.
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