• Jean-Paul Abboud, M.D., Ph.D.

10 things you need to know before considering cosmetic lower eyelid blepharoplasty

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty - Under Eye Bag Surgery - San Diego

1. What is cosmetic lower eyelid blepharoplasty and what do you mean by "customized" blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is one of the most commonly performed facial procedure worldwide and the most common procedure Dr. Abboud performs. Cosmetic lower eyelid blepharoplasty (under eye bag surgery) involves the surgical removal and/or repositioning of the fat under the eyes and, if necessary, removal or tightening of any redundant lower eyelid skin. It aims to rejuvenate the area surrounding the eyes and to give an overall more youthful and rested appearance to the face.

Since no two sets of eyes are the same, no two blepharoplasty surgeries should be the same either. Blepharoplasty should be tailored to each patient's aesthetic desires and unique features in order to achieve the best cosmetic results. It requires that the surgeon have a keen artistic understanding of what a beautiful eye looks like, expert knowledge of eyelid architecture and function, and the advanced surgical skills to remove, reposition, and/or tighten the eyelid fat, skin, and musculature. An expert eyelid surgeon (i.e., one with extensive training in oculoplastic surgery), must additionally have the foresight to recognize when to remove and/or reposition fat, and when to combine a lower eyelid blepharoplasty with other procedures, such as a midface or cheek lift, upper eyelid blepharoplasty, or canthoplasty (tightening of the outer corner of the eyelids) to achieve the desired post-operative result.

2. What results should I expect and when will I see them?

While results do vary, you should expect to see an improvement in the under eye bags and a smoother transition between the eyelids and the cheeks after cosmetic lower eyelid blepharoplasty. You should look natu