Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Marin, San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa

Why is eyelid surgery near the top of the list for cosmetic procedures and satisfaction rates? The procedure cures tired-looking eyes, treats undereye bags, and refreshes facial appearance with little downtime or risk. It is also the only procedure that can get rid of the heavy folds of skin over your eyes that develop with age. Reducing or eliminating under-eye bags dramatically changes a person’s appearance. A complimentary consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists can answer all your questions and set you on the path to more youthful-looking eyes and face.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

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Eyelid Surgery (or Blepharoplasty) can be performed on the upper lids, the lower lids, or both. Blepharoplasty involves removing skin that is hooding the upper eyelid and/or reshaping wrinkles or removing excess fat deposits in the lower lids. Eyelid Surgery helps to give the eyes a younger and more rested appearance. Our board-certified plastic surgeons provide the best possible care to the women and men who visit us for Eyelid Surgery from Marin, Napa, and Sonoma County. Our beautiful surgery center in Marin County, where we perform eyelid surgery, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and an excellent clinical and professional staff.

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Center of Excellence

  • Over 50,000 procedures performed
  • Over 75 years of combined experience

Our experienced team of board-certified plastic surgeons combines a unique aesthetic perspective, the ability to listen closely to your needs, and the skills to achieve those desires. This combination sets PSS apart as a world-class plastic surgery clinic, located in Marin County, CA.

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Best Candidates

Blepharoplasty is ideal for individuals who want to bring life back to their faces and get rid of that “tired eyes” look. Loose skin overhanging the upper lids can sometimes be more than an aesthetic concern too when it impairs vision to some extent. Insurance companies, however, do not usually cover eyelid surgery. Our Greenbrae office staff can help answer your insurance questions. People with puffiness under their eyes may also want to consider Blepharoplasty. Younger people, who have droopy eyelids as a result of genetic factors are good candidates as well. We serve patients from all over the Bay Area, including Larkspur, Corte Madera, Santa Rosa, Oakland, and beyond. Our private surgery center is both convenient and discreet. Those considering Blepharoplasty should be in good health and have reasonable expectations; meeting with our Board-certified plastics surgeons will help answer your questions and soothe any concerns you may have. The doctors have done thousands of these surgeries over the course of their careers. Virtual consultations and convenient financing plans are available to make it easier than ever to achieve your desired look.

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Before & After Photos



Patient wanted eyelid surgery because of sagging upper eyelids. The correction was a brow lift, and reason was not that the patient had excess eyelid skin but the brow is sagging, contributing to redundancy in your eyelid skin. The result here is a much less tired-looking eye area without an...



This woman had eyelid surgery performed at our practice.


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The Procedure

To begin Eyelid Surgery, incision guidelines are carefully drawn to ensure that the natural contour of the eye is followed and resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible*. Reducing excess skin beneath the eyes is performed via tiny incisions on the outside of the lower eyelid. A single incision inside the eyelid can remove fatty deposits in the area called the conjunctiva. An incision in the fold of the upper eyelid can be used to remove excess skin in that area. A small strip of muscle may be removed as well.

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Post Eyelid Procedure

The Blepharoplasty procedure is performed with a local or general anesthetic. It can take one to three hours depending on whether or not both lids are being addressed*. Protective plastic shields not unlike contact lenses can be used to protect the eyes during this cosmetic eyelid surgery. Cold compresses and pain medication will help to ease any discomfort after the surgery. Absorbable sutures will heal on their own while non-absorbable sutures are usually removed after a week — though you will want to talk to your doctor to determine when activity can be resumed. The results of aesthetic Eyelid Surgery are long-lasting*.

For more information on how Eyelid Surgery is performed, visit our Education Center. We also invite you to schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists today. Contact us at (415) 925-2880

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Eyelid surgery is a popular procedure among both men and women because it yields dramatic results without noticeable scars or a lengthy recovery*. People seeking eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) travel from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to our Marin County clinic. Although eyelid surgery is a fairly straightforward operation, Dr. Poulos and Dr. Hvistendahl take the time to answer all of their patients’ questions. Here, they provide answers to several of the most common ones.

Will eyelid surgery affect my vision?

Eyelid surgery involves the skin of the lid only and should not affect vision. It is important, however, to maintain lubrication of the eyes as this is one of the primary functions of eyelid anatomy. In cases where excessive hooding has impeded vision, patients may experience an improved range of vision*.

Should I get a brow lift in addition to eyelid surgery? Should I get a brow lift in addition to eyelid surgery?

Aging in the upper face often appears as hooding of upper eyelid skin. As we get older, eyebrows gradually droop, contributing to this appearance as much, and sometimes more, than the upper eyelids’ loose skin. For this reason, it is sometimes reasonable to consider a subtle brow lift to slightly elevate the brow along with sculpting of the lid skin. Modern surgical techniques are much more conservative and in our opinion, the results are more beautiful*.

Is it possible to soften heavy lines in the forehead caused by frowning and raising the brow?

Yes, there are several options for the correction of dynamic wrinkle lines. In fact, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections create a much more rested appearance by minimizing the degree of muscle movement*. We are happy to discuss with you the differences between results achieved with surgical versus nonsurgical rejuvenation.

Can I combine a facelift with eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is usually all that’s needed for patients who are just beginning to notice signs of aging*. However, one of the goals of cosmetic surgery is to get harmonious results that appear natural. Having youthful eyelids in a face that is sagging creates an unnatural appearance. You wouldn’t want to have one side of your face appear younger than the other side. Likewise, the upper and lower areas of the face should be balanced.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

Eyelid surgery costs vary depending on the degree of correction and whether or not complementary procedures are performed. However, Plastic Surgery Specialists offers pricing that is within the reasonable range for the Bay Area. Your surgeon can give you a specific quote at your consultation.

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