Eyelid Surgery (Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty) - San Diego, CA*

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Even when you don't say a word, your eyes can speak volumes with sagging lids, puffy bags, and fine lines and you may not like what they have to say. Whether the result of the passing of time or of genetics passed on to you by your family, as you age, tiny fat deposits can begin to appear above and below the eyes. When combined with a sagging brow, your face can betray your true feelings. Not to mention when the tiny muscles above your eyes begin to droop, your vision can even become impaired. Rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes, while improving your eyesight with an eyelid lift at La Jolla Plastic Surgery in San Diego, CA. If you're living with sagging eyelids, puffy bags and fine lines, learn how an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) can give you bigger, more energetic looking eyes and smoother, more youthful looking skin. By removing the fatty deposits and excess skin, triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo can rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes, restoring a more youthful look while maybe even improving your eyesight. An eyelid lift can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Before Surgery

Like others, you possess a strong desire to look your best and eyelid surgery might be the answer. You'll be relieved to know that it's one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures among your fellow San Diegans. If you're interested in eyelid surgery, but still have some concerns, take a few moments now to learn more about Dr. Chaffoo's surgical technique, eyelid surgery's risks and blepharoplasty recovery. At your complimentary consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will discuss in detail his surgical technique based upon several variables including the state of your eyelid and any wrinkling as well as your basic bone structure. Additionally, he will advise you about preparing for your eyelid surgery.

Surgical Technique

The procedure takes 1 – 3 hours to perform. For the upper lids, incisions are made along the natural creases of your eyelids. For the lower lids, they are made directly below your lashes (lower eyelid surgery also allows for the possibility of surgery being performed from the inside of your lids to even further lessen already minimal scarring). Dr. Chaffoo then separates the skin from the fat and muscle underneath, removes excess fat and skin before closing the incisions.


As the anesthesia wears off immediately following your eyelid surgery, it's common for your eyelids to feel stiff and possibly even ache a bit. Should you require it, Dr. Chaffoo will provide you with pain medication and a cold compress to reduce any discomfort you might feel. During this time, a team of experienced Nurses will carefully monitor you for any potential complications. Please be sure to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home from the cosmetic surgery center and then to remain with you there for the first few days, as you might require help around the house. You will be supplied with detailed post-operative care instructions to take with you, including how to properly cleanse your eyes.

For the first few days, to minimize bruising, it is recommended that you keep your head elevated. Soon after your eyelid surgery, you'll return to visit Dr. Chaffoo so that the stitches can be removed. At this time (approximately 48 hours following surgery), swelling should noticeably subside. Any lingering bruising can be concealed with make-up. It is common for patients to report dry eyes, as well as an itchy or burning sensation; eye drops can alleviate these temporary side effects of eyelid surgery. Additionally, your eyes might exhibit a greater sensitivity to San Diego's sunny weather during the first few weeks, and you might experience a temporary mild blurring of your vision. Most men and women in San Diego experience minimal discomfort following their eyelid surgery. Most of Dr. Chaffoo's patients return to work after just 7 – 10 days feeling relaxed and looking refreshed. For the first 10 – 14 days following blepharoplasty, you are advised not to wear contact lenses. Also, prior to going outside, you should apply sunblock, and when you leave home, please wear sunglasses. You should avoid strenuous activities for 3 – 4 weeks. Throughout your recovery, you will occasionally meet with Dr. Chaffoo so that he can review your progress.


The results of eyelid surgery are long lasting and in most cases, hooding, eye bags, and puffiness, should be improved. Natural aging will continue which may cause more excess skin to develop, but this should not be as bad as it was before your eyelid surgery and it can usually be corrected with a brow lift.

Expected Costs

An eyelift, whether you choose an upper, lower eyelift or both, typically costs around $2,650 – $5,000. Dr. Chaffoo can give you more personalized estimate at your consultation and our office staff can help you understand your payment options and medical financing to make your procedure affordable. If excess skin on your upper eyelid is affecting your vision, your health insurance may cover some of your costs. Our office will work closely with you and your insurance company to determine your coverage.

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Average Cost  
$2,650 - $5,000
Recovery Time  
1 - 2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1 - 3 Hours
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Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Conditions Treated?

If you're committed to constructive change, to finally doing something about the sagging eyelids, the puffy bags and the wrinkles around your eyes resulting from genetics, the passage of time, and the effects of both gravity and of the San Diego sun, an upper or lower eyelid lift surgery can be the perfect solution.

Combining Treatments?

For additional facial rejuvenation, many patients combine eyelid surgery with another procedure such as a brow lift or facelift at La Jolla Plastic Surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Chaffoo can go over your best surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.

Potential Risks?

Some people who might benefit from a San Diego eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) procedure temporarily put it off because they're concerned with the potential risks and complications. In most eyelid surgery procedures, men and women suffering complications were in the minority. Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo doesn't treat you like a number. He treats you like an individual and as an adult who's capable of making an informed decision when presented with the facts regarding the rare risks and complications of an eyelid lift:

  • Reaction to anesthesia, such as nausea
  • Infection
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Swelling at the corner of your eyelids
  • Milia (whiteheads) at incision site(s)
  • Excessive tearing
  • Dryness

Most of the complications associated with blepharoplasty are either temporary and can be eliminated with antibiotics or can be corrected by Dr. Chaffoo. For a comprehensive discussion about the risks, complications and rewards of an eyelid lift, including how your anatomy and healing abilities play a crucial role, request your complimentary cosmetic consultation at either of his plastic surgery centers. Your risk can be minimized by properly preparing for surgery, the existence of a comprehensive post-operative care program and by choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Chaffoo.

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