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Eyelid Lift Specialist

Koch Facial Plastic Surgery

R. James Koch, M.D.

Facial Plastic Surgeon located in San Mateo, CA

Eyelid Lift Q & A

What is an eyelid lift?

An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, focuses on removing droopy skin that hangs over your eyelid. This sagging tissue can make you look older than your age and, if severe enough, can interfere with your vision.

Sagging eyelids develop as you age and the muscles that support this area begin to weaken. Excess fat deposits can also build up above and below your eyelids, causing noticeable bags and droopy skin.

Dr. Koch has extensive experience in performing both upper and lower blepharoplasties to remove this loose skin and pockets of fat. This experience allows him to perform the vast majority of procedures safely and comfortably in-office. 

He also specializes in Asian blepharoplasties that retain the natural contours of Asian eyes while reducing heaviness in the eyelids. Dr. Koch may recommend an eyelid lift as an individual procedure or in combination with other plastic surgeries, including a facelift or rhinoplasty.

What happens during an eyelid lift?

As an outpatient procedure, you can expect to be able to go home soon after your eyelid lift to begin your recovery.

Dr. Koch typically works on your upper lids first, cutting just below your eyelashes. He makes the cut in the natural crease of your lid to minimize scarring to remove excess skin and fat. He may also redistribute fat deposits in both your upper and lower lids to improve the appearance of your eyes.

You might also need an additional procedure known as ptosis to improve the strength of the muscles in your eyebrow to prevent further drooping.

How long does it take to recover from an eyelid lift?

Immediately after your eyelid lift, you can expect to spend some time in recovery while Dr. Koch monitors your vital signs.

It’s normal to experience some temporary symptoms like:

  • Eye puffiness
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

You might also have increased sensitivity to light during your recovery.

Dr. Koch might recommend using ice packs on your eyes to reduce pain and swelling. You should also limit strenuous activities for at least a week. If you wear contacts, Dr. Koch can recommend the right time for you to start wearing them again without interfering with your surgery.

To find out if you’re a candidate for an eyelid lift, call Koch Facial Plastic Surgery to discuss your options or book an appointment online today.