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Eyelid Lift in San Francisco


Eyelid Lift Surgery

Dr. Kimberly Henry prides herself on offering high-quality blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) procedures to her patients.

Whether you are dealing with wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes, or your eyes make you constantly look angry or tired, Dr. Henry can provide you with surgical solutions to your concerns.

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Dr. Henry and her team of specialists will provide you with several options to achieve your aesthetic goals.

What Are the Benefits of Eyelid Lift Surgery?

Minimization of Wrinkles

As we age, wrinkles can develop around the eyes. These are among the earliest signs of aging, and many people want to remove them before they become too visible. Eyelid surgery can help to smooth and tighten the skin around the eyes to reduce crow’s feet and other wrinkles around the eyes.

Reduction of Puffiness

Fat deposits can build up both above and below the eyes. These fat deposits can make you look constantly tired, angry, or stressed, which can have detrimental social effects. Blepharoplasty helps reduce or remove bags under the eyes, widening the eyes and making you look more open and approachable.

Clear Sightlines

Lax skin and fat deposits in the upper eyelid can droop down and interfere with your ability to see. Depending on the severity, this may be barely noticeable or significantly restrict your vision. An eyelid lift can reduce or remove this skin and fat to enable broader sightlines and better vision for our patients. This will not correct a sagging brow.


How Is Eyelid Lift Surgery Performed?


All plastic surgery procedures begin with an initial consultation where Dr. Henry will discuss your goals and the surgical options you have to achieve those goals. She may also recommend other procedures to better meet your needs. Afterward, she can provide you with an individualized price quote.


Eyelid lift surgery is divided into upper and lower blepharoplasty. These can be performed alone or together.

Upper blepharoplasty:

The incision for an upper eyelid lift will typically be made along your eyelid crease to reduce the chance of visible scars. The doctor can trim drooping skin and, if applicable, remove fat deposits throughout the upper eyelid area. When she is finished, she will close the incisions with small, often dissolvable stitches.

Lower blepharoplasty:

For a lower eyelid lift, Dr. Henry may place the opening right along your lash line or use a transconjunctival incision along the inside of your eyelid. This placement should minimize visible scarring. Once these incisions have been made, she will remove the unwanted pockets of fat that create bags and puffiness under your eyes. When she is finished, she will close the incisions with stitches.


An eyelid lift is commonly combined with a forehead lift to help clear sightlines or facelift surgery if the primary goal is to reduce the appearance of aging. Other combinations are also possible, but less frequent.

What Are Your Concerns With Eyelid Lift Surgery?


Blepharoplasty usually has a quick and easy recovery time compared to other surgical procedures. Initial swelling and discomfort usually fade within the first week. If the stitches used to seal your incisions are not dissolvable, they will need to be removed five days after the operation. By the second week, most patients are back to normal and ready to resume their daily routines. It is advised that patients refrain from exposing their eyes to direct sunlight for four to six weeks after their operation.


Scarring from this procedure is usually minimal, with small scars concealed along the lash line, in the crease of the upper eyelid, or the inside of the eyelid. Most scarring is invisible while the eyes are open.


The cost of an eyelid lift varies depending on the location, demand, and the facility where it takes place. There are also other fees, such as anesthesia, to consider. Combining your procedure with other operations can also affect the price of an eyelid lift. Dr. Henry will be able to give you a more accurate price during your consultation.


Pain as a result of an eyelid lift tends to be minimal to mild and only lasts for a few days. Your incisions may itch while healing, and it is advised that you refrain from rubbing them. If necessary, over-the-counter pain medication can be used during your recovery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for eyelid lift surgery?

Ideal candidates for an eyelid lift will be in good health without medical conditions that may inhibit healing. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes or find that drooping eyelids are interfering with your vision, blepharoplasty may be right for you.

When will I see my eyelid surgery results?

The initial results of your eyelid lift will be visible within two weeks, while the final results will appear after approximately six months to a year after your surgery.

When can I return to work after eyelid surgery?

Most patients can return to work within 10 to 14 days after their operation. Some patients can return to work as early as five days after surgery.

Can eyelid surgery improve vision?

Eyelid surgery does not directly change your vision and will not alleviate the need for glasses or other prescription eyewear. However, an eyelid lift can open your sightlines, expand your range of vision, and increase your peripheral vision. This can result in a significant increase in your ability to see.

What is the difference between eyelid surgery and a brow lift?

The main difference between an eyelid lift and a brow lift is the areas treated. An eyelid lift will adjust the skin, fat, and muscle in and around the eye socket. A brow lift will adjust skin, fat, and muscle on the forehead and brows. Each procedure can expand your range of vision depending on what sort of tissue is sagging and blocking your line-of-sight.

What are the risks of an eyelid lift?

While the risks are low, an eyelid lift is still a surgical procedure with some degree of risk. The risks of this operation may include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Temporary blindness
  • Temporary double vision
  • Bleeding

Dr. Kimberly Henry offers eyelid surgery with aesthetically appealing results. Contact Dr. Henry today to schedule a consultation.

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