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Our San Jose eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and tissue to restore a refreshed, youthful look to the upper face. For superior results, ensure your surgery is performed by a top-rated, board-certified plastic surgeon who is recognized for both surgical skill and artistry. Dr. Elbert and Dr. Jacqueline Cheng are double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons with extensive training and certification in head and neck surgery. This means you are getting the delicate mixture of a refined, experienced technical surgeon with an artistic eye for cosmetic surgery.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to restore your eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle, and fatty tissue to create a more youthful, vital facial look. Eyelid surgery can reduce puffiness and sagging skin on your eyelids that leave you looking older, tired, and can impair vision. Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to provide an overall younger and more refreshed look.

Our San Francisco eyelid surgeries are tailor-made to accomplish your goals and give you a look that reflects the youthful vigor you feel inside.

What is the general cost of eyelid surgery?

Because each eyelid surgery is tailored to achieve your personal aesthetic goals, the costs can vary. On average, you can expect the procedure to cost between $4,500 and $8,000, depending on the extent of the procedure.

What are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?

The benefits of eyelid surgery can include:

  • Improved vision
  • Brighter and more visibly beautiful eyes
  • A refreshed, rested appearance

Eyelid surgery can be one aspect of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation plan with other procedures to provide a more thorough result, including facelifts, brow lift, neck lifts, rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, cheek augmentation, and non-surgical skin-enhancing procedures.

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I came to Dr. Elbert Cheng for upper eyelid surgery. Prior to coming here, I researched many doctors. I am very happy with my results. The staff is very detailed and I appreciate the time Dr. Cheng spent with me before and after surgery.

- William Z.

Should I Get Eyelid Surgery?

Do you feel you look tired or older? Are you noticing drooping upper eyelids or bags under your eyes?

Often, these gradual changes around the eyes play a big role in your appearance. Eyelid surgery (also called eyelid lift or blepharoplasty) removes excess skin and fat on the upper and/or lower eyelids. The result is less heaviness and sagging of the upper lids and reduced lower eye bags. Blepharoplasty can wash away years of aging, giving your face a refreshed, rested appearance.

Am I a Candidate For Eyelid Surgery in San Jose?

Most people can undergo this surgery safely, but we ensure you do not have any conditions that could endanger your health. If you suffer from any of these conditions, you are likely a good prospect for the surgery:

  • You see excess skin on your upper lid
  • Makeup is more difficult to apply due to excess skin
  • You have inherited puffy or baggy eyelids
  • You want to create a crease in your eyelid
  • Your lower lids appear puffy and tired, even when you are well rested

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Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Upper blepharoplasty corrects signs of aging of the upper eyelids, while lower blepharoplasty corrects bags under the eyes. If you have both conditions, upper and lower blepharoplasty can sometimes be performed in the same surgery.

Is Eyelid Surgery Safe?

While the majority of people who have blepharoplasty in Palo Alto are over the age of 35, you may have inherited the tendency toward overhanging upper lids or eye bags. The surgery is safe for most adults of any age.

Will Insurance Pay For My Eyelid Surgery?

While our San Jose blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure for the majority of patients, if drooping upper eyelids impair your ability to see properly, the surgery might be considered medically necessary. In that case, some insurance carriers may cover the procedure.

Combination Procedures: Non-Surgical

Note that fine surface lines, forehead creases, or drooping eyebrows will not be corrected by eyelid surgery. For these conditions, you may need a brow lift (forehead lift), BOTOX® injections, or a skin resurfacing procedure to smooth away the very fine lines. Some patients decide to have a facelift at the same time as their eyelid lift so that the entire face looks younger and more refreshed.

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What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery in Palo Alto

In most cases, eyelid surgery can be done with local anesthesia. This allows you to stay awake, but you will not feel pain. Most people have little recollection of their surgery after the anesthesia and sedation wear off.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I take painkillers or medications before the surgery?

A: You must stop taking blood-thinning medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications five days before the eyelid surgery is scheduled. You should also stop taking painkillers that increase bleeding. During your consultation, our cosmetic doctors will examine your medical history and current medications to advise you on which ones to stop consuming.

Q: What if I’m a smoker? Can I still get eyelid surgery?

A: Smokers are advised to stop smoking several days before the procedure and continue abstaining from cigarettes during the recovery period. Smoking increases bleeding during surgeries, which, in turn, leads to bruising and poor wound healing.

Q: Will the procedure be painful?

A: No. The eyelid surgery will be performed under local or general anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort.

Q: Is it normal to experience swelling after the procedure?

A: Yes, you should expect swelling of the eyelids for around 48 hours after the procedure. The swelling will be at its peak on the second day, and then continue decreasing gradually. You must avoid creams and makeup during this period.

Q: When can I take a shower and resume regular activities?

A: You can resume showering from the third day after the procedure. There’s no harm in getting shower water or soap in your eyes, but you must not rub your eyelids under any circumstances. You may resume light activities and work after about 10 days, but you must avoid vigorous activities and sports for at least 4 weeks.

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

  • A few hours after your surgery, you can go home with someone’s help. You will not be able to drive right away.
  • It is normal for the eyes to tear and feel irritated for a few days. Your vision might be blurry at first, and there will be swelling, bruising, and mild pain for up to two weeks. You can take pain medication, and we recommend sleeping upright for a few nights to keep swelling to a minimum. You will be given eye drops to use for several days.
  • You should be able to go back to work after one week and resume exercise/sports in two weeks. Please avoid wearing eye makeup and contact lenses for about two weeks.
  • We will remove your sutures one week after your procedure. We will also see you for post-operative examinations to make sure that you are healing well.

Why Choose Us?

Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeons have performed thousands of successful eyelid surgeries for patients in the greater San Francisco Bay area, including Palo Alto and San Jose.

With two double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons in our office, you have the option of receiving a second opinion, with regard to your surgery, right in the same office.

If you wish to learn more, don't hesitate to contact us at Cheng Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation for arguably the best eyelid surgery San Jose has to offer.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery

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