Eyelid Surgery


A blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, refreshes the eyes to give a more youthful appearance, and it’s one of the most desired surgical procedures among men and women of any age. The procedure can be performed on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, and will immediately rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes and refresh your face.

Is a Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?

Excess skin and fat in the upper and lower eyelids may give the appearance of looking tired, having puffy eyes, or looking older.

A blepharoplasty can be performed at any age, when excess skin and fat in the eyelids negatively affects the appearance. Hereditary factors usually determine when eyelid surgery may be most beneficial. Examples of hereditary factors can include excessive fat in the lower lids and the rate at which the brow drops over the course of aging. An eyelid lift is often combined with a brow lift when a droopy eyebrow is a contributing factor to the eyelid.

The Procedure

Incisions are made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid and just under the eyelashes in the lower lid. For younger patients that only have excess fat, the incision can be placed inside of the eyelid. Excess fat is removed from the eyelids, then the skin is trimmed. Skin removal of the lower eyelid is done very conservatively to avoid the hollowed out, round, or surprised look. Other minor surgeries may be performed during this time to correct less common abnormalities of the eyelid.


Recovery from an upper eyelid lift is rather quick. The sutures are removed 3-4 days after the procedure, and there is minimal swelling and bruising.

Recovery from a lower eyelid lift is a bit different. All sutures are dissolvable. There may be more bruising and swelling. 70% of the swelling will be resolved within one month; however, it may take up to 8 months for the swelling to be completely gone. Despite the swelling, there is an immediate visible improvement.

Dr. Nitta is not only Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery, she also is Board-Certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery, providing her the additional expertise and experience to perform your facial surgery.

To learn more about eyelid surgery, call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule a consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today!