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Eyelid Surgery

Bright, open eyes are characteristic of youth and attractiveness, but aging, stress, heredity and exposure to the elements can make your eyes - and your entire face - look older. Eyelid surgery can correct heavy upper eyelids and under-eye bags in a subtle, yet noticeable way. Dr. Wayne Yamahata performs eyelid surgery in Sacramento and Roseville to help women and men look rested and refreshed, without losing their natural character. While meticulous attention to detail and aesthetic consideration takes more time during surgery, he dedicates the time required to achieve impressive results.

Find out how eyelid surgery can improve your look when you request a consultation with Dr. Yamahata or call his office in Sacramento at (916) 929-1833 or Roseville at (916) 773-5559 .

Your Refreshed Look

The delicate area around the eyes requires the careful attention of an experienced surgeon. Board-certified plastic surgeon Wayne Yamahata, M.D., will customize your eyelid surgery to improve one or more of the following conditions:

  • Sagging upper eyelid skin
  • Wrinkles and folds around the eyes
  • Puffy pockets of fat under the eyes

People sometimes think they need eyelid surgery when a brow lift would address their concerns better. Dr. Yamahata will take the time to walk you through your options and determine the plan that will help your outcome exceed your expectations.

He can help you attain an even more refreshed look by combining your eyelid lift with other facial rejuvenation procedures like a facelift or a neck lift. With a single recovery period and reduced cost over having procedures performed separately, combining procedures can make sense for many people.

About the Surgery

Eyelid surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that Dr. Yamahata performs in his AAAA-certified surgery center using local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 1 or 2 hours to complete.

For the upper eyelids, he conceals the incision along the natural crease of the eye. He performs lower eyelid surgery by making an incision either along the eyelash line or inside the lower eyelids. Through these incisions he is able to remove excess skin and fat deposits. He carefully customizes the procedure to each patient's unique bone structure, skin elasticity, and aesthetic goals for a natural looking enhancement.

Upper Eyelid Incision. Lower Eyelid Incision (External Approach).


After eyelid surgery, you can minimize swelling and bruising by applying cold compresses regularly and keeping your head elevated as much as possible for the first few days. Dr. Yamahata or a staff member will personally check in with you to address any concerns you might have after surgery. For the first few weeks, you will see Dr. Yamahata regularly for follow-up office visits to help you have a smooth recovery.

Most eyelid surgery patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses should not be worn for about 10 days and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 3 weeks.

Common Questions

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

The cost of blepharoplasty varies depending on the specifics of your procedure, i.e. whether you're having upper lid surgery, lower lids, or both, and whether or not you're combining eyelid surgery with another procedure, like a facelift. Here in California, patients typically pay between $3500 and $6,000, however, these figures are a very general ballpark. Your own surgery may cost a bit less or a bit more. During your consultation, we offer you a written quote that reflects the specifications of your surgery, and we are also happy to discuss financing options.

I've had LASIK. Am I still a candidate for blepharoplasty?

Yes. If you've undergone laser vision correction, blepharoplasty is likely safe for you, provided you wait long enough between surgeries. In most cases, Dr. Yamahata recommends waiting for at least 6 months between LASIK and blepharoplasty to ensure the healing process is complete and to minimize any potential risks. If you have any chronic eye or vision conditions, be sure to mention them during your blepharoplasty consultation.

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