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!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids.

Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are individuals in good overall health who are looking to address issues such as drooping eyelids, puffiness, or bags under the eyes that give a tired or aged appearance.

How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?

The recovery period can vary, but most patients can expect to return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks. It’s essential to follow Dr. Nitta’s post-operative care instructions for optimal results.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment for Eyelid Surgery?

To schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery, you can call Dr. Katharine Nitta, a renowned plastic surgeon in Orange County, by calling (949)722-6644 or by filling out the “Request A Consultation” form on the website.

Where Can I Get Eyelid Surgery near Orange County?

Dr. Katharine Nitta offers eyelid surgery procedures in Orange County. Her expertise ensures that you’ll receive the best possible care and results.

Is Dr. Katharine Nitta's clinic easily accessible from Newport Beach?

Yes, Dr. Nitta’s clinic is conveniently located in Orange County, making it easily accessible for residents of Newport Beach and the surrounding areas.

Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

Eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons is generally not covered by insurance. However, if the procedure is necessary for medical reasons, such as to improve vision obstructed by drooping eyelids, insurance may cover part of the cost. Consult your insurance provider for specific details.

What are the payment options for eyelid surgery?

Various payment options are available, including credit cards and financing plans, to make the procedure more affordable.

What can I expect after undergoing eyelid surgery?

After the procedure, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Nitta will provide specific post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

When can I resume exercise after eyelid surgery?

It’s generally recommended to wait at least 2-3 weeks before resuming light exercise, and longer for more strenuous activities. Dr. Nitta will provide personalized guidance based on your recovery.

Can eyelid surgery be combined with other procedures?

Yes, eyelid surgery is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures like a facelift or brow lift to achieve a more comprehensive transformation.

How long do the results of eyelid surgery last?

The results of eyelid surgery are generally long-lasting, although the natural aging process will continue to affect the eyelids over time.