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Cosmetic eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty in San Diego (blef-row-plas-tee), improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This results in a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.

Specifically, eyelid procedures are ideal for getting rid of a tired appearance caused by:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the middle part of the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored portion of the eye)
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

For more information about our eyelid lift procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

A Wealth of Information

Click on the links below for more info on all aspects of this procedure.

Becoming Informed

Find out how to select a surgeon and what you need to know about eyelid surgery.

Preparing for Surgery

Learn if you are a candidate for a eyelid surgery, with it costs, and inportant procedure terms.

The Procedure

Get educated about anesthesia and get a step-by-step guide to how the surgery is performed.

Your Recovery

Learn what to expect from your eyelid surgery results.


At Alexander Cosmetic Surgery, the Eyelid Lift is one of our most requested procedures, performed on an almost daily basis. It is one of the most predictable procedures patients can undergo, causing little to no pain and requiring little down time.

In our experience, we have found that most patients are currently satisfied with how they look—they’re just unhappy with changes caused by age. Patients don’t want to alter the nature of their face, rather they desire to look fresher and younger. In other words, they want to “turn back the clock.” Many patients comment that they look older than they feel, but are wary of cosmetic eyelid surgery, especially if they've seen poor outcomes in others. We often hear, “I don’t want to look funny, or surprised.”

We have all seen celebrities, friends, or people on the street with an overdone, surprised surgical look. You will be relieved to know that this “look” can easily be avoided and does not happen accidentally. This unnatural look is usually caused by one of two things.

First, when patients receive a consultation for heavy upper eyelid skin, plastic surgeons too often recommend—and perform—brow lifts in conjunction with upper eyelid surgery. The logic behind this is that a brow lift is also successful in removing unwanted eyelid skin. However, this can frequently result in a brow that is too elevated and unnatural. This procedure can artificially create a rounded, hollow look to the orbital area actually making a patient look older.

Second, some surgeons perform a procedure which disconnects the attachments of the lateral eyelid and repositions it higher creating a turned up, or “cat’s eye,” appearance. Unless the patient already has a very droopy lower eyelid, this procedure will usually lead to an unnatural, pulled appearance.

In our practice we have found that a completely natural result can be obtained by simply tailoring away the extra fold of eyelid skin without changing anything else around the eye. Brow lifts should be avoided except when absolutely necessary. Eyelid Lifts that have been done well should be undetectable and completely natural.

Procedures that can be performed in conjunction with a blepharoplasty in San Diego to further rejuvenate the face are a QuickLift™, a Brow Lift to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and Chemical or Laser Peels to smooth sun-damaged skin.


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