Eyelid Surgery in San Francisco Bay Area
Poets have written about the eyes being the “windows to the soul”. Whether or not that’s true is up for debate, but your eyes are definitely one of your most identifiable features. They are also one of the first areas to show signs of aging. The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate so it’s prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
Furthermore, as you age, the upper lids begin to droop or sag which makes many patients feel as if they look tired or angry all the time.
Meet Dr. David Sieber – Plastic Surgeon San Francisco
Dr. Sieber, who is double board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, graduated from Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine and completed a five-year residency in general surgery at Loyola University Medical Center before pursuing further training.
Dr. Sieber went on to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has done thousands of Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgeries over the last 6 years of practice.
What is a Eyelid Lift
An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the eyelids. It involves removing excess skin, fat, and muscle from the eyelids to create a more youthful and refreshed look. The procedure can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, depending on the patient’s needs and goals.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Sieber will listen to your goals and evaluate your eyes, pointing out any differences he notices and together, you will decide on the treatment plan that best delivers your desired outcome.*
An upper and/or lower blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, or neck lift.
Dr. Sieber has done an amazing job of my eyelid surgery. The result is very natural and subtle. I look refresh and even younger. After long day of working in front of screen, my eyes still keep up and no longer drooping. The downtime is only 7-10 days. I should have done this sooner.
From the very beginning (my consult), to the end (the final product), I have been very impressed. He has a soft hand, and left me with very minimal swelling and bruising. I personally feel he meets all criteria for a great surgeon; education, experience, personality, trustworthiness and professionalism. He keeps himself updated on trends, and serves on the ASAPS and ASERF committees. For all of your facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, HALO lasering, cool sculpting, and injectable needs…. Dr. Sieber has you covered!
Mid July I had a breast augmentation done by Dr. Sieber. I honestly can’t say enough on how quick,easy and painless the procedure was.
(I may or may not have been outside gardening the day after my procedure) may not have been the sternest thing to do but it really shows how painless it really was.
I asked for a very natural look. I went with 485 CCs. My scars is no bigger then maybe an inch.
So thin you can barely see them. I will no doubt recommend Dr. Sieber to anyone in need of any sort of plastic surgery.
Eyelid Surgery Technique
An upper blepharoplasty can be performed either in the office under local anesthesia or in the operating room under general anesthesia if it’s performed as part of another cosmetic procedure such as a facelift or chin liposuction. Dr. Sieber will discuss all of these options with you in detail during your initial consultation. During your upper blepharoplasty procedure, he will remove a section of skin from your upper eyelid as well as any excess fat.
The incision line will be placed within the crease of your eye so that any scar will be hidden.* Your incisions will be closed with sutures that will need to be removed in the office about 5-7 days following surgery.
For your lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Sieber will make an incision underneath your lower eyelash line through which he will remove and reposition the fat in your lower eye to create a smooth transition from your eye to your cheek.* Any excess skin is then excised and the incisions are closed using a dissolvable suture.
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Eyelid Surgery Before & Afters
These Eyelid Surgery before and after pictures represent actual patients from Dr. Sieber. They will help to assist you in understanding your various options and enable you to set realistic goals for your own surgical outcome. Click on a patient for their specific case details.
Recovery from Eyelid Lift
Immediately after your upper blepharoplasty surgery, you can expect some swelling and mild bruising, but this will resolve in a couple of days. The sutures will be removed in Dr. Sieber’s office 5-7 days after your procedure although it may take up to 6 months for your final results.
Recovering from a lower blepharoplasty is slightly more involved. There is typically more bruising and swelling which may last for up to a week. If performed as part of facial rejuvenation surgery, this is usually the procedure which requires the most care and downtime. It is very important to follow Dr. Sieber’s post-operative instructions to ensure that you heal in a safe, expeditious manner.
Eyelid Surgery San Francisco Frequently Asked Questions
View our before-and-after photo galleries to see the results our Blepharoplasty patients have achieved.
The outside of my eyes look heavy and there’s a lot of excess skin. Will an upper blepharoplasty help with that?
Often the excess skin on the outside of the eyes is due to a combination of issues including the descent of your eyebrows. To get more effective aesthetic results, you may require a brow lift in addition to your upper blepharoplasty.
Can I achieve the same results as a lower blepharoplasty with fillers and lasers?
Fillers are only temporary. There are also limitations as to what’s achievable with fillers alone. Dr. Sieber does perform filler injections for hallows in the tear trough area. During your initial consultation, he will discuss whether or not this would be the right option to treat your issues.
Some people I know seem to have eyes which are a different shape after surgery. Will mine look like that too?
Changes in the appearance and shape of the eyes can sometimes happen with a drastic lower blepharoplasty. Because of Dr. Sieber’s advanced training in cosmetic surgery, he strives to deliver only the most natural-looking results.*
As I’ve aged, I’ve noticed that my upper eyes look hollow and have extra skin. What can I do for that?
Hollowing of the upper eyes is very common as we grow older. Because it’s due to a loss of volume, this volume needs to be replaced either by transferring your own fat with fat grafting or through the use of fillers. During your consultation, Dr. Sieber will come up with a personalized treatment plan to best restore your eyes to a more youthful yet still natural-looking appearance.*
I see some people who have hollow looking eyes after surgery. Will I look like this too?
Removing large amounts of fat around the eyes was something which was performed many years ago. That is not how Dr. Sieber works. His goal with any blepharoplasty is to only remove excess fat around the eyes and preserve any other fat deposits so that you retain youthful, but natural-looking eyes.*
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.