Seeing is believing! An upper and/or lower eyelid surgical procedure can dramatically revitalize “tired-looking,” aging, saggy eyes to a more youthful-looking, refreshed appearance. 

The delicate tissue surrounding the susceptible eye area is one of the thinnest-skinned areas on the entire body and one of the first to reveal the ravages of time. If you’re experiencing the initial effects of lax eyelids (hooded, droopy eyes) or bulging and/or puffiness in the undereye area that won’t diminish with the use of caffeinated creams or daily water intake, you may be a great candidate for an upper or lower (or both) blepharoplasty, or “eyelid,” procedure. 

An Eye for Beauty: What is a Blepharoplasty? 

A blepharoplasty is a cosmetic, invasive procedure that seeks to remove excess skin and fat from the eyelids. As we begin to age, delicate eyelid skin begins to stretch and sag, resulting in hooded eyes that leave little-to-no eyelid space. Many women have trouble applying eye makeup and often complain their eyeliner “transfers” within seconds of application. Those who enjoy the skin-smoothing effects of Botox or Dysport will report the relaxation of their just-injected forehead muscles causes their eyelids to droop or appear hooded. Also, muscles supporting the eyelids tend to weaken with age, gathering fat both above and below eyelids, causing a saggy eye contour as well as undereye “bags.” In many cases, sagging eyelid skin can impede on normal vision and reduce peripheral (side) vision. Eyelid surgery not only tightens and contours the entire orbital area, but it can also make the eyes appear instantly more youthful, lifted, smooth, and sculpted. Many patients exclaim they look 5-10 years younger after undergoing the increasingly popular, safe procedure. Eyelid surgery is generally straightforward and simple with little to no risks and/or complications. Recovery normally takes 10-14 days and results can last a lifetime in some cases. 

Benefits of a Blepharoplasty 

There is a myriad of cosmetic as well as functional advantages to undergoing a blepharoplasty, whether upper, lower, or both, including: 

  • Tightens, lifts, and contours upper eyelids that result in hooded, droopy eyelids with limited eyelid space Removes excess, droopy skin that obstructs vision and/or peripheral vision 
  • Removes excess skin, fat, and tissue in lower eyelids to remove bags and puffiness that make entire facial appearance appear “tired” 

Those who suffer from ANY of the following are NOT recommended to undergo a blepharoplasty procedure: 

  • Chronic, painful “dry eye” 
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) 
  • Circulatory issues 
  • Thyroid complications 
  • Diabetes 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Heart disease 

These and more will be discussed during your initial consultation. 

Blepharoplasty Need-to-Know’s: Risks, Recovery, and Results 

Though rare, a blepharoplasty can pose potential risks, like any surgery. The following have been reported following a blepharoplasty procedure:

  • Infection, excessive bleeding 
  • Dry, irritated eyes 
  • Dysfunctional eyes, such as difficulty closing or opening eyes 
  • Perceptible scarring 
  • Hyperpigmentation at incision site 
  • Eye muscle injury 
  • Temporary blurred vision 
  • Loss of eyesight (very, very rare) 
  • Need for revision surgery 

Compared to most cosmetic procedures that require going “under the knife,” an eyelid surgery won’t require too much downtime and most patients find they can resume their daily activities in less than two weeks. Here’s what you can expect following your peeper-perfecting procedure: 

  • 10-14 days of light bruising/swelling/tenderness on the eyelids 
  • Apply eye compresses/ice packs for 10 minutes every hour the night after your procedure, then follow with ice packs 4-5 times daily until swelling subsides 
  • Apply prescribed ointment/eye drops 
  • Sleep on back with head raised above shoulders for first few nights following procedure Wear dark sunglasses during daylight hours to protect eyes from wind and sun 
  • Get plenty of rest by aiming for 8-9 hours of sleep per night with naps as needed to accelerate natural healing process 
  • Take Tylenol or other OTC medication for pain as needed 
  • Avoid strenuous activity, like heavy lifting, swimming, running, or other aerobic activity for at least one-week post-op 
  • Stop smoking 
  • Swap contact lenses for eyeglasses for about 10 days to 2 weeks following surgery 
  • Clear, skin-colored stitches will dissolve in 1-2 weeks 

You may experience any of the following, temporary side effects post-surgery and is nothing to be alarmed about: 

  • Blurred vision from lubricating ointment 
  • Watery eyes 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Puffy, numb eyelids 
  • Swollen, slightly “black and blue” eyes 
  • Slight pain/discomfort 

Seek immediate, medical attention if ANY of the following occurs: 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Chest pain 
  • Irregular heartbeat/palpitations 
  • Severe eye pain 
  • Excessive bleeding 
  • Vision problems 

Results from your eyelid surgery should be immediately apparent, save for some swelling and a bit of bruising. Final results will take up to 6 weeks and is contingent on post-op care and following up with your surgeon. Eyelid surgeries

boast an impressive 90% success rate and results can last a lifetime, depending on each patient’s unique aging process and how well they care for the health and integrity of their skin. Your blepharoplasty is major beauty investment that should yield years of beautiful results, so be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions and recommendations for best post-op practices. While patients won’t necessarily assume a whole new “look” per se, their newly contoured eyes will undoubtedly appear bigger, brighter, and more “awake,” garnering curious glances from coworkers or close acquaintances. Don’t worry…your secret is safe with us! Patients enjoy a more rejuvenated look that immediately shaves 5-10 years from their appearance without altering their natural eye shape or unique eye aesthetic. Results are subtle, imparting a renewed “glow” friends and family will definitely notice. Since incisions are strategically placed in the natural folds and creases of the eyelids, scarring will be nearly imperceptible and completely fade overtime. 

Preparing for Your Blepharoplasty Procedure 

During your initial consultation, your doctor will want to discuss your medical history, such as any past surgeries (both medical and cosmetic), allergies, dry eye issues, medications, and any issues with glaucoma, diabetes, or thyroid. Be prepared to candidly disclose information about any herbal supplements and illegal drug, alcohol, or tobacco use. This will also be the time where your aesthetic status will be assessed and goals discussed to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty, as well as the best course of action that will produce the best possible outcome. 

Once it is determined you are an excellent candidate and your surgery date is set-up, be prepared to spend a few or more hours at the outpatient facility as the entire procedure takes 1-2 hours under local anesthesia. In some cases, sedative drugs may be administered through an IV to induce relaxation. Be sure to plan ahead and have a reliable family member or friend drive you to and from the outpatient facility. It’s also highly recommended to refrain from consuming aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and certain herbal supplements a week or two prior to your procedure to reduce risk of excess bleeding. 

Showtime! Here’s How it Happens 

As stated earlier, your entire blepharoplasty procedure should take 2 hours or less, depending on if you’re getting just an upper or lower blepharoplasty or both. Here is how it will play out: 

  • Upper eyelid – Tiny incisions are made in the crease of upper eyelids where excess skin, muscle, and fat is removed before surgeon closes the cuts. 
  • Lower eyelid – Tiny incisions are made just below lash line or inside lower lid where excess fat, muscle, and sagging skin is then removed or redistributed. Cuts are then closed. If a patient’s eyelids droop perilously close to the pupil, a ptosis combined with a blepharoplasty is performed to “lift” the eyelid position, as well as remove excess skin, tissue, and muscle. 


Welcome to an Eye-opening Experience with a Beverly Hills “Eye-con” 

Dr. Johnson Lee’s signature blepharoplasties are truly eye-conic! One of his personal passions, you will learn all about his Asian Double Eyelid Surgery, Male Eyelid Surgery, or his highly requested Light Lift that requires NO anesthesia and NO downtime. Dr. Lee will take the time to meticulously evaluate your periorbital structures and eyelids to exact a safe and effective surgical plan that will yield the most beautiful results for your individual eye shape, sex, and ethnicity. Most of Dr. Lee’s blepharoplasty patients return to work within a week or less. 

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Johnson Lee’s beautifying, brightening, and life-changing blepharoplasty procedures, we invite you to call our Beverly Hills office today to set-up a personal consultation with Dr. Lee, or simply fill out the form below and someone from our talented team will get back to you within one business day. We look forward to meeting you.

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