The Newport Beach Cosmetic Surgeon

Revitalize your look and vision with blepharoplasty, a transformative procedure expertly performed by Dr. Thomas Barnes in the serene backdrop of Newport Beach, California. This specialized surgery, ideal for those seeking to rejuvenate droopy eyelids or remove excess tissue around the eyes, not only enhances your facial aesthetics but can also improve your sight. Embrace a younger, more vibrant appearance and uncover the potential benefits of blepharoplasty for yourself. Join the myriad of satisfied clients who have trusted Dr. Barnes with their cosmetic needs. Schedule your personalized consultation today, either online or by calling Dr. Thomas W. Barnes, MD, and take the first step towards unveiling a refreshed you.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to rejuvenate the appearance of your eyelids. It can help address various aesthetic concerns and signs of aging around the eyes, ultimately providing a more youthful and refreshed look.

Can you explain the difference between upper and lower blepharoplasty?

Upper blepharoplasty focuses on the upper eyelids and involves removing excess skin, muscle, and fat deposits that can cause drooping or hooding of the upper eyelids. This procedure can improve the appearance of sagging upper eyelids, making your eyes appear more alert and youthful.

Lower blepharoplasty, on the other hand, targets the lower eyelids, primarily addressing issues like under-eye bags and puffiness. During this procedure, Dr. Barnes removes or repositions excess fat and skin in your lower eyelid area, creating a smoother and more youthful contour.

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How does blepharoplasty work?

The process of blepharoplasty typically involves the following steps:


Dr. Barnes performs all of his procedures safely & comfortably under awake local anesthesia, with oral sedation, and with the added comfort of ProNox (laughing gas) available. Twilight or general anesthesia can be arranged in our accredited surgery center for an additional cost.


Dr. Barnes makes incisions along the natural creases of your eyelids, which helps minimize visible scarring. For upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are made in the upper eyelid creases, while for lower blepharoplasty, they’re made just below the eyelashes or inside the lower eyelid.

Tissue adjustment

Excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed, repositioned, or redistributed as needed to achieve the desired result. Dr. Barnes takes great care to create a harmonious and natural-looking outcome.

The final stage of the procedure is to close the incisions with sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.

What can I expect during the blepharoplasty recovery process?

Recovery from blepharoplasty varies from person to person, but generally, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort for a few days. Dr. Barnes may recommend cold compresses and prescribed medications to help manage your symptoms. 

Most patients can return to work and regular activities within 7-10 days, although some residual swelling may persist for a few weeks. Follow Dr. Barnes’ postoperative care instructions diligently to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results.

If you have concerns about drooping eyelids or have compromised eyesight because of overhanging skin, call or book an appointment with Dr. Thomas W. Barnes, MD by phone or online today.

Blepharoplasty Cosmetic Surgery Facts

Procedure: Correct drooping upper eyelids by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle.
Length: 1 hour
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia
Average Cost: $3,500-$8,000
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Outpatient: Outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising discomfort & tightness of lids. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision, infection, bleeding, swelling and dry eyes. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Blindness (extremely rare).
Recovery: Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling: several weeks.
Results: Several years. Sometimes permanent.