Double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Richard V. Balikian performs blepharoplasty in San Diego to help patients eliminate many signs of aging in the eye area and to restore a broader field of vision. Blepharoplasty can help to give the eyelids a smoother and more youthful appearance and get rid of issues like puffy bags underneath the eyes.

How Aging Affects Your Eyelids

The natural aging process and the delicate nature of the skin around your eyes often results in unwanted changes to this part of the face. You may find that you look tired, upset, or aged, or that droopy eyelids are interfering with your ability to see. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can be performed to resolve these cosmetic and functional concerns.

Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty can address many signs of aging in the eye area and is an effective treatment for sagging eyelids that restrict your vision. Ideal candidates are in good overall health and are non-smokers.

Dr. Balikian considers many factors when determining candidacy for blepharoplasty. In your consultation, he will evaluate your upper-face contours, learn about your medical history and any current health conditions, and discuss your expectations. Dr. Balikian will use this information to determine if blepharoplasty is the safest and most effective approach to rejuvenating your eye area.

Some common concerns that can be addressed through blepharoplasty include:

  • Saggy or droopy upper eyelids
  • Wrinkled eyelid skin
  • Puffy bags under the eyes

Blepharoplasty Options

Dr. Balikian is adept in multiple blepharoplasty techniques. This fluency allows him to customize your surgery and achieve precise and natural-looking enhancements. Blepharoplasty options include:

  • Upper blepharoplasty – This option involves a small incision in your natural eyelid crease. Dr. Balikian will remove tissue and adjust muscles as needed to correct droopy upper eyelids and wrinkles in that area.
  • Lower blepharoplasty – Through a small incision along the lower lash line, Dr. Balikian can tighten the lower eyelid muscle, reduce puffiness, and address sagging skin.
  • Lower blepharoplasty with fat transposition – If lower eyelid dark circles are a concern, Dr. Balikian can use this technique to remove excess skin and position fat to fill the hollowed area under your eye.
  • Transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty – This approach can be a good option for younger patients. A tiny incision is concealed inside the lower eyelid, and then fat is removed and/or repositioned as needed.
  • Lower-eyelid skin pinch – With this option, skin in the lower eyelid area is removed, while fat and muscle are not adjusted.

If you have additional concerns about your facial appearance, Dr. Balikian may recommend combining blepharoplasty with a brow lift or facelift. These options can be discussed when you come in for your consultation.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

Since eyelid surgery is an outpatient surgery, you will be able to go home the same day as your procedure. You will need to have someone drive you home following your blepharoplasty. Dr. Balikian will provide post-operative instructions to guide you through your recovery. You can expect to experience some bruising and swelling around the eyes. discomfort and pain can be managed with medication.

It is important to rest after the surgery to encourage healing and protect the treatment sites from exposure to force or trauma. Dr. Balikian will cover the details of recovery to help guide you through the recovery process.

Blepharoplasty Cost

The cost of your blepharoplasty in San Diego will be discussed when you come in for your consultation at Balikian Plastic Surgery. Price will depend on the type of eyelid surgery performed and other fees that our team will go over. Financing options for blepharoplasty are available.

Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Artistry. Excellence. Compassion

Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Balikian is an experienced, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon. He is double board-certified both in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Balikian belongs to a very select group of elite cosmetic surgeons with at least six years of specialized surgical training exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.

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As a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Balikian has the qualifications and experience to rejuvenate your eye area with blepharoplasty. From your consultation through your recovery, he will make sure your questions about blepharoplasty in San Diego get answered and that you receive unparalleled care and support. Contact Balikian Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for your eye rejuvenation in San Diego.

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My surgery was fast and easy, recovery was also good


My surgery was fast and easy, recovery was also good. Doctor explained everything to me the before and after. Was very pleased and will definitely come back in the future. [Single best thing is…] I had a Eye Rejuvenation to remove fat from my lower eyes that always made me look like I was tired. Everything was smooth the day of the surgery. My recovery time was very minimal. I had no pain. Everything went just as the doctor [said] things would go.