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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift) San Diego

Inviting eyes are essential to a youthful appearance. Their expression and animation communicate emotion, uniqueness and depth. Your eyes are engaging and should sparkle with youth.

The effects of the time and gravity around the eyes are frequently the most noticeable signs of aging in the face. Your eyes are where people look when they interact with you. Heavy eyelids may make you look tired even after a good nights sleep.

Tired-looking eyes can be the result of too much skin, excess fat, retained fluid or bulging muscles. Your plastic surgeon should be able to identify what is the unique cause of your concerns and be an expert in treating all of them.



La Jolla Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift) Surgeon

When properly done, a blepharoplasty rejuvenates your eyes through the gentle and precise removal of excess eyelid skin and/or fat as necessary. Repositioning the brow may also be necessary to achieve the optimal improvement in eyelid surgery, attracting attention to opened, more inviting eyes.
A blepharoplasty is best performed by a surgeon with an artistic vision and skillful hands.


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There are many tell tale signs of a poorly done eyelid lift. Surgeons that remove too much skin and fat can leave patients with hollow eyes, devoid of wrinkles, and lacking a natural appearance. An eyelid that is pulled too tight can create a rounded, unnatural corner. A good plastic surgeon understands the intimate relationship between the brow and the eyelids, recognizing when the brow needs lifting as well.

An eyelid lift can improve the fatigued and heavy-eyed look common to aging. The upper eyelids should have a nice shelf on which to place eye shadow and the fat should not protrude as much through the lower eyelids. And most importantly, the results should look natural, just refreshed.

As with everything at Kolstad Plastic Surgery, if it doesn’t look natural, it doesn’t look good. Just ask Dr. Kolstad about options to improve the appearance around your eyes, and you will be amazed at his expertise in injectable fillers, Botox, resurfacing peels, collagen-tightening lasers and surgeries.


About Eyelid Lift Surgery

Both upper and lower eyelids can be lifted during a very safe procedure. A blepharoplasty typically takes between one and two hours to complete. It is most commonly performed with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation, although general anesthesia is sometimes used. The incisions are inconspicuous and heal well.



Eyelid and BrowLift La Jolla, CA



Eyelid and BrowLift La Jolla, CA






Eyelid and BrowLift La Jolla, CA



Frequently Asked Questions

Where Are the Incisions for an Upper Eyelid Lift?

The incisions used for an upper eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) are depicted in the images.

A) The incision is placed into the natural eyelid crease and extends outward into one of the crows feet.

B) When the eye is open the incision will be hidden by the eyelid crease.

Where Are the Incisions for a Lower Eyelid Lift?

The incision used for a lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is depicted in the image.

A) The incision is placed just under the eyelashes and extends into one of the crows feet laterally. The scar is camouflaged by the eyelashes and difficult to find in most cases.

Can I go home after surgery?

You may go home after surgery as long as you have someone to observe you for a 24 hour period.

How long does it take to recover?

Most people take about 10 days off of work to recover. By the seventh day, all sutures and steri-strips have been removed, the majority of the swelling has resolved and any residual bruising can be camouflaged with make-up.

Is there pain after surgery?

Many of our patients do not complain of significant discomfort, with the majority using only Tylenol as needed. Prescription pain medicine is made available to you and we recommend that you have it available in case it is needed.

Will I have a “surprised look” after surgery?

A common concern of any eyelid lift procedure is the fear of ending up with a surprised appearance that is sometimes associated with bad plastic surgery. Dr. Kolstad’s expertise and experience with eyelid surgery, combined with his aesthetic eye for achieving a natural appearance, allows him to offer long-lasting results without making his patients look “done.”

Will I have a “plastic look” after surgery?

Many of our patients express concerns about looking plastic after eyelid surgery. There are limitless examples of unnatural, operated results. When surgeons pull too tight, a rounded eyelid can result in an “operated” look similar to Kenny Rogers.

It is very important to choose a plastic surgeon that specializes in operating on the face and is comfortable with the challenging anatomy and procedures.

Dr. Kolstad is known as the face specialist because put simply, that is all he does.

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