Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD - The Aesthetic Institute
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Category: Eyelid Surgery

Can I Benefit From Eyelid Surgery?

As we age, genetics, habits, environment, and gravity all play a role in how we appear. 

As our muscles begin to weaken, wrinkles, fine lines, creases, and puffy, sagging lower eyelids can develop. Sometimes, excess skin on the upper eyelids can also develop, which leads to vision impairment. 

These conditions cause a tired or frustrated appearance, even when we feel calm and well rested.

Beautiful Face of Young Woman with Clean Fresh Skin.

Beautiful Face of Young Woman with Clean Fresh Skin.

Eyelid lift surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty, is a procedure designed to correct signs of aging around the eyes and reduce obstructed vision caused by loose eyelid skin.

By removing excess fat and skin, and repositioning the remaining tissue around the eyes, the face can appear refreshed and rejuvenated.

What Are My Options?

There are two approaches to address signs of aging around the eyes. Your concerns and preferences will determine which method can achieve your desired results.

During your consultation, Dr. Wald will analyze your medical history, facial concerns, aesthetic preferences, and desired results to determine which approach can benefit you.


Traditional blepharoplasty makes an incision along the upper eyelid crease that is concealed by the natural eyelid contours. If the lower eyelid is also being corrected, an incision is made across the eyelash line, which is hidden by the eyelashes.


Transconjunctival blepharoplasty creates an incision inside the lower eyelid. This approach removes excess fat but is only appropriate for patients who do not also have excess skin. There is no visible scarring, as incisions are made within the eyelid.


If you have mild wrinkling around your eyes, then laser resurfacing may be used as a less-invasive alternative to address your eyelid concerns. Laser skin resurfacing tightens the dermis in targeted locations, providing a tighter, smoother skin surface.

What Does Eyelid Surgery Entail?

Dr. Robert Wald uses local anesthesia around the eyes, along with intravenous (IV) sedation to ensure comfort and relaxation during the procedure. The selected incision technique is utilized, and excess fat and/or skin are removed. Muscles and underlying tissue are repositioned as needed, and the incisions are closed.

Combining Procedures With Your Eyelid Surgery 

Patients who have multiple facial concerns can combine other procedures with their eyelid surgery. When performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery, combining procedures can help save money, reduce the recovery time, and avoid repeat anesthesia use. 

Along with an eyelid lift, Dr. Wald commonly performs a facelift or brow lift to provide further balance to the face and improve the appearance of nasolabial folds. You also have the option to include a forehead lift or mini-facelift to address multiple facial concerns at once.

Your Recovery

Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at our surgical center, so you will need to have a friend or loved one drive you home after your surgery and take care of you for the next day or two while you relax.

Dr. Wald will provide aftercare instructions, which should be followed carefully. Rest, relax, and take it easy for the first few days while you recuperate. 

What Results Can I Expect?

Without excess eyelid skin or fat, patients appear more refreshed and relaxed. Fat and excess skin are removed, so most patients appear youthful with smoother skin and improved vision.
 A woman before and after her eyelid surgery. Her eyes are brighter and more lively after removing excess tissue.


To learn more about eyelid surgery and which technique can benefit you, please call our office at (714) 312-3549 or contact us online.


Droopy Eye Correction

Temporal Hooding, Upper Blepharoplasty, Browlift

Headshot of woman with short blonde hair laying against a large leafMany people develop droopiness to the lateral upper aspect of their eyelids. This is referred to as temporal hooding. The common procedure of upper blephoplasty (removing excess upper eyelid skin) does not correct this problem since it will only pull the eyebrow down. The procedure to correct this is called a temporal lift or browlift. By pulling up the forehead and eyebrow, this extra skin is brought back to its normal position. The small scars for this are hidden within the hairline. This is usually performed by using small endoscopes and done under sedation.

Orange County Eye Surgery

Baggy Lower Eyes-The Stigmata of Aging

Men and women tend to develop puffiness or bagginess of their lower eyes with age. This makes us look tired and old. Unfortunately, no diet, exercise, or eye cream can improve this appearance.

Correction of this problem involves a minor surgery. It is performed as an outpatient under local sedation or general anesthesia. The fat is removed from the inside of the eyelid so no scar is visible. The patient returns to work after 3-5 days with essentially no pain. Bruising and swelling in most cases is minimal. I have found this to be one of my most satisfying surgeries. Patients are extremely pleased and the results are immediate without prolonged swelling or downtime.

Dr. Wald

Eyelid Rejuvenation- Are your Eyes really tired??

Eyelid surgery is one of the most satisfying surgeries I perform. As we age, our forehead falls and we develop extra eyelid skin. This can, in extreme cases, interfere with our vision. This extra skin, usually with associated puffiness or fat, causes a tired appearance.

A one hour surgery corrects this problem. It can be done with local anesthesia or with sedation. The results are immediate. Pain and discomfort is minimal. The swelling and bruising is minimal after 1-2 weeks. Patients are back to work within a few days. My patients are extremely pleased with this procedure.

In some cases, insurance may cover this procedure. I would love to discuss this procedure with you.

Dr. Wald

Bags under your eyes?

As we age, many of us notice the puffiness of our lower eyelids. This is due to excess fat accumulation. Not uncommonly, this worsens with allergies or the time of the day.

To minimize these bags, a minor surgical procedure is performed. This procedure is called (Blepharoplasty) or commonly known as eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty can be peformed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both.

A small incision is made on the inside of the lower eyelid, and the excess fat is removed. The overlying skin shrinks and contracts leaving a flat lower eyelid. Occasionally, laser therapy is performed at the same time to smooth the skin and minimize the wrinkles. When there is a lot of excess lower eyelid skin, some skin is removed.

Patients are back to work within a few days. There is essentially no discomfort following this procedure.

I find that patients are extremely satisfied with the results of this procedure.

Dr. Wald

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