Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty, or “eyelid lift”,  is a procedure to remove upper eyelid skin and the most common procedure Dr. Iyengar performs. Recognized for nearly a decade as a San Diego Magazine Top Doctor in Eyelid Surgery by his physician peers, Dr. Iyengar performs this procedure for aesthetic improvement or for the improvement of peripheral vision. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and patients can generally expect to be bruised for 1-2  weeks. Dr. Iyengar performs this procedure in the office and in the operating room under light sedation. Our practice is unique in that we are the only practice in the San Diego area that performs this procedure EVERYDAY. Our practice also regularly fixes complication from this procedure after patients have had surgery elesewhere. As a fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Iyengar has the most experience in blepharoplasty and his approach focuses on providing a natural, refreshed, appearance while preserving the muscle under the skin responsible for eyelid closure. This avoids many of the possible complications with eyelid surgery. We are especially proud of the number of physician colleagues and health care workers in San Diego that continue to choose our practice for their own eyelid surgery.

Our practice sees many members of the aesthetic and medical community for this procedure because they know our focus on safety and that we do this procedure more regularly than anyone in San Diego. Many physicians also choose our practice for their own eyelid surgery because they know Dr. Iyengar regularly fixes the complications of plastic surgeons in the San Diego community. We are often asked to fix cases where a plastic surgeon who is not an eyelid specialist either took too much skin causing dry eye and inability to close the eye or a misplaced eyelid crease. The details in eyelid surgery matter and seeing an eyelid specialist matters.

What We Do Differently in Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

  • Dr. Iyengar has the highest level of formal training in eyelid surgery as a fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon
  • We preserve the orbicularis muscle under the eyelid skin which helps preserve a natural blink (safety)
  • We perform this procedure and associated measurements EVERYDAY
  • We determine if blepharoplasty is truly the right procedure for your eyelids
  • We fix the challenging complications from lower eyelid surgery or fat injections around the eye

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Upper Blepharoplasty Before And Afters

Case 1:

This is a kind Family Physician colleague at Scripps Clinic who is often in the public eye here in San Diego. She came to see Dr. Srinivas Iyengar for a natural-appearing result from upper eyelid blepharoplasty. She is pleased with the final result and back to caring for our San Diego community.

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Case 2:

This is a nice physician (M.D.) colleague (Gastroenterologist) that came to see us with bothered by her upper eyelid skin.  She was seeking a safe, natural-appearing, aesthetic improvement.  She underwent upper eyelid blepharoplasty in the office by Dr. Iyengar. She was pleased with the result.

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Upper Eyelid Surgery-Gastroenterologist (M.D.)

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is best performed by a fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  Many physicians also choose our practice for their own eyelid surgery and their own family because they know Dr. Iyengar regularly fixes the complications of plastic surgeons in the San Diego community and has an unwavering commitment to safety while providing a natural-looking aesthetic improvement.

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Dr. Aaron Boonjindasup, a highly-respected San Diego urologic surgeon, with his mother after she underwent eyelid surgery by Dr. Iyengar.

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedure

Both you and Dr. Iyengar will go over the plan and what to expect from the surgery. An upper lid blepharoplasty can often be performed in the office using only local anesthesia if only skin is planning to be removed. Both excess skin and excess fat can pockets can be removed at the same time under local anesthesia. It is a painless procedure that we do in our very own procedure room in the office with customized music.  However, in cases where additional surgery is performed, Dr. Iyengar will perform the procedure under sedation within an operating room. An upper lid blepharoplasty is often combined with lower lid blepharoplasty where the lower lid excess skin and fat pockets are removed. In cases where the brows are also low set, Dr. Iyengar may recommend a brow lift. Upper eyelid surgery will not help with the fine wrinkles on the sides of your eyelids though. Botox can be injected to help improve these wrinkles and Botox can be used in combination with eyelid surgery.

Fixing Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Complications

Dr. Iyengar has been recognized by his physician peers as "the eyelid expert" who fixes botched eyelid surgery. Many of these complications could have been avoided by choosing a fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon for blepharoplasty.

Cases 1-4:

Here are FOUR different patients who had upper eyelid blepharoplasty by local La Jolla/Carmel Valley plastic surgeons and were referred to Dr. Iyengar for secondary eyelid surgery after suboptimal outcomes. The top photographs are their results after surgery by a plastic surgeon and the bottom photographs are the after surgery by Dr. Iyengar. They were all pleased with the result and now advise their peers to seek out an eyelid specialist for an eyelid lift.

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Dr. Iyengar fixing botched cases after eyelid surgery by local plastic surgeons


“Dr. Iyengar did my upper eyelid surgery one week ago. I was a little nervous to have the surgery since it was on my eyes, but after meeting with Dr. Iyengar and his staff, I was confident enough to schedule the surgery. I am beyond thrilled with the results already and they are still a little swollen and bruised. Such a difference. The procedure was done very quickly and efficiently. Dr. Iyengar has a magic touch. I’m so happy I went with San Diego Eyelid Specialists. The office staff is great too. I highly recommend.”

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