About Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are a unique feature of the face that deserves to be visible; however, an abundance of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering look. Plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong uses blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the upper or lower eyelid, creating a more youthful, "alert" appearance. Men and women alike consult with Dr. Leong for eyelid rejuvenation to eliminate sagging eyelids or obstructed vision. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, can produce a beautiful result with subtle yet striking improvements. If you want to learn more about reinvigorating your eyelid skin with a lift surgery, schedule a consultation at one of our facilities in Newport Beach, CA.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Leong! I have struggled with stubborn unwanted fat around my middle section for years. Regardless of diet and exercise, I always seemed to have a muffin top that left me feeling insecure and uncomfortable. It only took one short meeting with Dr. Leong for me to finally feel confident with having her shape by middle through Liposuction and Thermage. I was previously very reluctant, but after meeting with her, I felt excited and ready. Dr. Leong's honest and straightforward, yet kind and pleasant approach put me right at ease. The proceedure itself went very smooth and Dr. Leong and her staff were helpful and available every step of the way. It has now been six months since my procedure and I am totally blown away with my results. They exceeded every possible expectation and I truly could not be happier!!"- S.K. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Lower face and neck lift - I’ve done every injectable from Botox to Sculptra and I wanted a more permanent fix to my aging face and neck. I had heard about Dr. Leong through a friend and I decided to make a consultation. When I met Dr. Leong I had my doubts about what this seemingly young doc could do for my 70+ year old face. How could she know what a woman my age needed? As we began to discuss my areas of c..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"Highly Recomended!! - My experience with my surgery with Dr Leona and her team was exceptional! Beautiful office, very informative, always caring about me, beautiful job on my eyes with great follow up to make sure healing was progressing. I highly recommend Dr Leong for any procedure that you may want or need! You'll be in wonderful hands with Dr Leong and her team!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 12, 2018
"Five Star Experience! - I have seen Dr. Leong for both medical and cosmetic visits. Her personality is very down to earth but precise which made me feel very comfortable going to her for multiple issues. I first saw Dr. Leong for a few minor skin tags, moles and cherry angiomas that were all over my body which I didn't like esthetically. She removed them with simplicity, quickness and I felt absolutely no pain. She..."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2018
"What a difference a great physician makes! - A year ago, I had the pleasure of consulting with Dr. Karen Leong for a minor lip asymmetry correction and augmentation. Always the professional, she listened to my concerns and clearly explained my options to get the results I was looking for. Dr. Leong made me feel completely comfortable and injected my lips to my complete satisfaction. Completely natural looking, and symmetrical. ..."- I. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2018
Aging is a natural and inevitable process, time only moves forward and gravity only pulls downward. Most of us can only hope to age gracefully. Fortunately, we can help you slow the process. Dr. Leong’s objective in facial rejuvenation is to give you a refreshed appearance, and to bring your visage to an earlier, more youthful you. Ideal candidates (both men and women) may have excessive, drooping skin and folds that exist on the top eyelid or bloated skin below the bottom eyelid. These conditions can cause functional and visual difficulties that can hinder normal, everyday life. Patients considering eyelid rejuvenation may also consider our nonsurgical options with dermal fillers, wrinkle relaxers, and platelet-rich plasma injections. There are many different MedSpa treatments that can provide some anti-aging benefits such as microneedling on the lower eyelids for better absorption of serums (like PRP) applied to the skin.
Dr. Leong performs eyelid surgery in her plastic surgery office with oral sedation and a local analgesia. Depending on the type and complex nature of the blepharoplasty, this treatment may be performed on the upper eyelid alone, under or on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both eyelids. Dr. Leong can also use fat transfer or dermal filler for tear troughs and hollow upper eyelids and under-eye shadows.
- Upper eyelid surgery
Upper blepharoplasty assists in decreasing the folds of skin that droops over the eye to create a more awakened and appealing look. An incision is usually made along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.
- Lower eyelid surgery
Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to reduce puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower eyelid. The incision is carefully made inside the eyelid (transconjunctival) to remove fat. There are no stitches! The skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. In some cases, a nonsurgical laser treatment can be incorporated to tighten the skin and improve discoloration and fine lines, while fillers or fat can be used for more volume.
- Asian eyelid surgery
There are several methods that are frequently used when performing Asian eyelid surgery. The most common approaches include incisional or non-incisional. The technique used will be determined once your customized treatment plan is created. The overall goal is to create an upper eyelid crease or double eyelid appearance without altering your ethnic look.
What to Expect
Blepharoplasty of the upper and/or lower eyelid can last up to two hours or more in the operating room, especially if both upper and lower eyes are treated. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can help reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The results from blepharoplasty surgery can last years, but even though they are lasting, the aging process does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments such as fillers, chemical peels, and laser treatments can be paired with your treatment to create a youthful-looking appearance for a longer period of time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty costs can vary depending on whether you are having an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. When your treatment plan has been decided during your consultation, Dr. Leong can go over your estimated costs. It is better to focus on choosing a skilled plastic surgeon who you believe can do an exceptional job instead of trying to find the cheapest place.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If hanging skin is affecting your vision, your insurance may pay for part of your eyelid lift. Please tell Dr. Leong during your consultation if you are considering using your insurance. Someone at our office will help you get the needed information and paperwork for your insurance company to process your claim. Generally, you will need a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist that an eyelid lift will improve your vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery not only helps to refresh your appearance, it can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expands when excessive, hanging skin from your eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth. Eliminating fine lines, crepey skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) may be better corrected with a facelift or brow lift because the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment such as BOTOX injections, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a smoother appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Leong will create your personal treatment plan based on your rejuvenation needs.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures and injectable treatments (for example, BOTOX, Juvéderm, and Restylane) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want longer-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better. After you have talked to Dr. Leong about your concerns and aesthetic goals for your eyes, she can explain her recommendations. She may also suggest a combination of surgical and nonsurgical procedures for amazing results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $3,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Outpatient/In Office
If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on the upper eyelid, or you have puffy bags under your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty by Dr. Leong may be right for you. This enhancement can help you look refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your aesthetic or vision impairment concerns. We invite you to get in touch with our office in Newport Beach, CA to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Leong.