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
"Initially I was very timid about going "under the knife," but after getting several botox treatments from Dr. Lee I have the utmost confidence that under his care, I will always be in great hands. So after staring in the mirror at my monolids and careful consideration, I decided to go back to see him for a consultation for Asian Eyelids. Boy did I make the right decision. If you're looking for THE Asian Eyelid surgery expert, Dr. Lee is the one to go to. Knowing my worries about doing any type of surgery, Dr. Lee thoroughly explained the procedure, showed me before and after photos of his "masterpieces", and assured me that he will take care of me. I am now a few months out from surgery and I love how my eyes came out. I understand that it takes time to heal, but I love the results so far. I know that Dr. Lee did surgery on my eyes, but I feel like getting this procedure done has brightened up my whole face and a better version of myself has come out to light. Again, thank you Dr. Lee!"- B.D. / Yelp / Dec 21, 2017
"I have the distinct pleaure to have known Dr. Lee both professionally and personally for almost two years.I was greeted warmly and felt instant rapport at our first meeting during a reconstructive plastic surgery case he was performing.He is both an amazing reconstructive microsurgeon and aesthetics plastic surgeon.Because I have witnessed the reconstructive surgeries he has performed to make a person's body whole again after a traumatic event or disease state, I was totally confident of his ability to perform aesthetic procedures on me.I have had Botox injections in my forehead and Juvaderm injections in the nasolabial folds to fill them out. His Botox injections are so precise that my forehead is smooth, but I can still move my eyebrows!The other procedure I have had is the Fraxel laser for the entire face, neck and chest. This laser helped to repair the sun damage and remove the small fine wrinkles around my eyes and corners of my mouth. He is definitely my plastic surgeon of choice in the bay area. And now he has a surgical suite so many of the minor surgical procedures from liposuction to blepharaplasty can be done as an outpatient procedure."- D.D. / Yelp / Oct 05, 2008
"I had my first ever cosmetic procedure, double eyelid surgery, done by Dr. Charles Lee in San Francisco. I spent a significant amount of time researching plastic surgeons and chose him due to his impeccable record and positive reviews. Dr. Lee is a meticulous and highly trained plastic surgeon. He is an artist and technical perfectionist. He treats his patients personably and nice and his work is outstanding. His price might be high but please don't look for discounts when it comes to plastic surgery. You want the very best when it comes to your life and the quality of the result. "You get what you pay for" is true with Dr. Lee. He is worth every cent. When I left Dr. Lee's office after the initial consultation I was not even questioning if I needed to get a second or third opinion. I knew he was the surgeon I was going with. I booked right after coming in. I must also say that Dr. Lee's assistant Tina was also very professional and available for any pre or post-surgery questions. I am extremely happy with my results and my choice. Thank you so much for excellent care!"- J.S. / Yelp / Feb 27, 2019
"5 stars all around! Full-on leg surgery EASIER than a typical dental cleaning, and no spitting! My visit was hardly plastic, as Dr. Lee performed a state-of-the-art lazer procedure to either re-create (or un-create) or re-direct the way veins are supposed to work in my leg. Seldom have I felt so very *impressed* with *confidence* in any professional interaction. I probably should have had a little work under my eyes at the same time, while in this 5 star office. Great staff; calm offices."- D.P. / Yelp / Apr 21, 2015
"Dr. Lee was the 4th opinion I got and was the reason I actually decided to go through with procedure. He gave me perfect explanation on what to expect from the procedure, made sure to answer ALL my questions (and I had a lot) and all that with outstanding confidence. The actual procedure (blepharoplasty) was done under local anestesia and it took him less than an hour from start to finish. He has been performing these procedures for years and is well known for them. My recovery is going great and i couldn't be happier with the results. The whole staff is amazing, supportive and more than willing to accommodate patient's needs. The pricing I got is, hands down, THE BEST in the whole Bay Area (I spoke to, at least, 30 different clinics before scheduling my consultations with final 6, which i decided to proceed with after doing a thorough research on performance AND pricing. I ended up cancelling last 2 because I already decided to go with dr Lee). I would DEFINITELY recommend dr Lee for your next procedure!"- S.P. / Yelp / Aug 27, 2018
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 L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA to set up a consultation with Dr. Lee.
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