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WHAT IS eyelid surgery?

For some individuals, the effects of aging appear on the eyelids as puffy eye bags, dark under-eye circles, loose skin, and droopy or hooded upper eyelids. These unwanted, highly visible signs of aging can be reversed through blepharoplasty, which is cosmetic eyelid surgery.

A surgical eyelid lift involves the removal of excess fat, skin, and muscle from the eyelids to restore a more youthful appearance. Eyelid lift surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids (upper blepharoplasty) and lower eyelids (lower blepharoplasty).

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Eyelid surgery can provide long-lasting rejuvenation of the eye area. Our team of skilled plastic surgeons are experts at eliminating bothersome signs of aging in this delicate area of the face.

At Dr. Emer’s state-of-the-art practice in West Hollywood, eyelid surgery is often paired with advanced non-surgical treatments to achieve incredible, natural-looking results.

Right for You?

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Dr. Emer can determine your candidacy for eyelid lift surgery by meeting with you for a consultation. This allows him to learn about your treatment goals and medical history, as well as to evaluate your facial tissue and structure. You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if:

  • You suffer from excess skin and fat in the folds of the eyelids.
  • Your vision is impaired due to your eyelids.
  • You have puffy lids that negatively affect your facial expression.
  • You have heavy wrinkles in the lower lids.
  • You have dark circles or bags under the eyes.
  • You have hooded lids.
  • You are unhappy with your eyelids in any other way.
  • You are a non-smoker.
  • You are free from any significant medical conditions.

What to Expect


Refreshing the eye area can have a dramatic, positive effect on your facial appearance. Benefits of eyelid lift surgery can include:

  • Removal of excess skin and fat from the upper lids
  • Firming and tightening of the muscles around the eyes
  • Lifting of drooping eyelid skin
  • Improved vision
  • Reduction in wrinkles and fine lines
  • Eradication of eye bags
  • A refreshed, youthful appearance
  • A brighter, more engaging smile
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Long-lasting results

Procedure Details

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Eyelid surgery begins with the application of a topical numbing cream to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, Dr. Emer will identify and mark the optimal areas for tissue removal.

With upper eyelid surgery, our team takes the utmost care to ensure normal eyelid closure, a natural-looking lift, and aesthetic eyelid contours. A discreet incision will be made in the natural upper eyelid crease. We can then revise the upper eyelid to achieve your treatment goals.

Upper blepharoplasty primarily involves the excision of overhanging skin to resolve a “hooded” look and to address vision limitations caused by excess skin. In some cases, a small amount of fat or muscle may also be removed. When all adjustments have been made, the surgeon will close the incisions.

Depending on your lower eyelid cosmetic concerns, we will make an incision below the lower eyelash line or on the inside of the lower eyelid. Excess tissue will be adjusted or excised as needed to resolve signs of aging.

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Dr. Emer’s Approach to Eye Bag Surgery

Many of Dr. Emer’s blepharoplasty patients are seeking treatment for under-eye bags. Under-eye bags are a result of herniated fat pockets below the eyes and above the cheekbones. Patients with under-eye bags can experience particularly remarkable transformation as a result of a lower blepharoplasty combined with Dr. Emer’s precision CO2 laser resurfacing.

For this type of lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Emer’s plastic surgeon will make an incision on the inside of the eyelid. Fat is then removed or repositioned to resolve the under-eye bags and create youthful contours in the lower eyelid and upper cheek areas.

Once the surgery is complete and the incision is closed, Dr. Emer begins the non-surgical periocular eyelid rejuvenation procedure. First, the patient’s eyes are numbed with eye drops, treated with a lubricant gel, and protected with metal eye shields. Dr. Emer then performs CO2 laser resurfacing or uses an ablative laser like Erbium to tighten the skin and smooth lines and wrinkles. The eye shields are removed once the area has been treated.

Eyelid Lift Recovery

Eyelid surgery recovery typically involves seven to 14 days of downtime. Dr. Emer will closely monitor your recovery and provide guidance regarding when you can return to work and resume your normal activities.

To accelerate the healing process following eyelid surgery, Dr. Emer recommends various restorative treatments, including IV Hydration Therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), oxygen facials, LightStim LED Light Therapy, and a customized skincare protocol.

Eyelid Surgery Results

You can expect to see initial eyelid lift results after about two weeks. Final results are typically achieved after two or three months when the area has healed completely.

Blepharoplasty results last many years. Dr. Emer can help you maintain your youthful look by recommending skincare and in-office cosmetic treatments.

Can I Revive My Eyelids Without Surgery?

Procedure Details

A pioneer in non-invasive cosmetic procedures, Dr. Emer can lift, smooth, and refresh the eyelids by expertly combining non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Non-surgical eyelid rejuvenation can be a good option for patients who:

  • Are not good candidates for cosmetic surgery or do not wish to undergo surgery
  • Have mild or early signs of aging around the eyes
  • Want to complement and maintain their eyelid surgery results

Dr. Emer creates a unique treatment plan to best address each patient’s specific treatment goals. A non-surgical eyelid lift can involve:

  • Thermage radiofrequency skin tightening
  • InMode AccuTite
  • BOTOX injections
  • Injectable dermal fillers
  • Fractional laser treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Peels
  • Mesotherapy
  • Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells
  • Renuvion helium plasma resurfacing


I recently visited Dr. Emer’s office with concerns of under eye baggage and lines. I moved forward with lower eyelid blepharoplasty with Dr.Ardeshirpour and Dr.Emer performed co2 laser around my eyes. The results are incredible. I have no more bags or lines around my eyes. These 2 are amazing. The procedure was quick and painless. I’m definitely looking forward to working with them again in the near future

– SD

I am a 35 year old ex-model, who realized that I needed some filler in my cheeks, eyes and mouth area to maintain a youthful, rested look. It was important to me that I didn’t have a dramatic change so that people wouldn’t notice I had a procedure done. I was referred to Dr. Emer by a friend and could not be happier. The BEST part of the results is that people really cannot tell that I had anything done – everyone is just saying how rested and young I look – EXCATLY what I was looking for! I have been getting small procedures done for over ten years (e.g. botox, juvederm, restalyn, etc) and I have to say that Dr. Emer is the BEST plastic surgeon I have ever gone to in my life! His technic is not only painless and gentle, but the results are OUTSTANDING! I am definitely a lifer! Thank you Dr. Emer – you are amazing!

– JS

Dr. Emer is an artist with the CO2 laser. I’m 54 years old and had spent 54 years in the sun damaging my skin. Dr. Emer erased 10+ years from my face eliminating all of the skin discoloration, bags under my eyes and crows feet. The lines around my mouth and forehead from years of smiling are much much less visible. Dr. Emer’s staff is always kind, approachable, and helpful. Of course, I highly recommend Dr. Emer!!

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

The price of eyelid lift surgery depends on the extent of your procedure. Whether you choose to have a lower blepharoplasty, upper blepharoplasty, or both will affect the overall cost of eyelid surgery. Pricing information will be reviewed with you in your eyelid surgery consultation.

Schedule a Consultation

Our approach to eyelid lift surgery is multifaceted to best serve each individual patient’s needs with both surgical and top of the line non-surgical techniques. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for the best eyelid surgery in Beverly Hills.