Eyelid Surgery


At our boutique practice in Newport Beach, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a procedure to remove fat—and usually—excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed to correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes — features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision. Many of our patients feel that Dr. Sundine offers the best eyelid surgery in Newport Beach.

Blonde at beach -- eyelid surgery -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What is Eyelid Surgery?

A blepharoplasty—also referred to as an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery—is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the eyelids. The procedure is designed to remove excess skin and possibly fat from the upper eyelids. In the lower eyelids, the procedure is aimed at correcting the bags that develop in the lower eyelids. Typically this involves removing some fat and skin from the lower eyelids. However, the procedure alone won’t remove crow’s feet, wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. While it can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, also known as Asian Eyelid Surgery, it will not erase evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or brow lift.

Eyelid Surgery -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What Are The Benefits

Of Eyelid Surgery?

Our Newport Beach Blepharoplasty patients have been able to enjoy the following benefits from their treatment:

  • Boosts your self-confidence
  • Customizable
  • Gives your eyes a more youthful shape
  • Improved peripheral vision and field of vision
  • Long-lasting results
  • Makes you look more rested and alert
  • Minimal scarring

Who is a Candidate

For Eyelid Surgery?

Because blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or the entire eyelids, there are many candidates. Below, we’ve included some:

  • Typically a blepharoplasty is performed after 35 years of age or older for men and women.
  • There are some individuals who may be genetically predisposed and may have lower eyelid bags in their 20’s that may benefit from a blepharoplasty.
  • The patient should be in good health.
Woman by ocean -- eyelid surgery -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What’s The First Step?

If you feel like you could benefit from a Blepharoplasty, your first step should be to contact our office and schedule a consultation. When you come in, you will meet with Dr. Sundine and the two of you will discuss your goals, questions you may have, and your eyelids will be examined. Dr. Sundine will also ask you questions about your medical history, so it’s very important to be open and honest with him during your consultation. He will use the information he receives to avoid any unnecessary risks and create the best surgical plan for you. Once Dr. Sundine makes your plan and you agree with it, our Patient Coordinator will help you set your surgical date and provide you with a list of instructions that you should follow.

What to Expect on the Day of Eyelid Surgery

Your Newport Beach Blepharoplasty will be performed by Dr. Michael Sundine in Orange County.

Upper eyelid surgery — the incision is designed to fall into the crease in the upper eyelids. A small amount of skin and is removed possibly along with some fat in the upper eyelids. The skin is then sutured together and reinforced with some small tapes.

Lower eyelid surgery — there are two possible approaches, which we’ve discussed below:

  1. In patients who have bags of their lower eyelids but who do not demonstrate significant skin excess (typically younger patients) the procedure may be on the inside of the eyelid (transconjunctival approach) without any external scarring. The excess fat creating the bags in the lower eyelids may then be removed through this incision.
  2. In those patients who have both lower eyelid bags along with some skin laxity, a different approach is taken. These patients require an incision below the lower eyelashes. Through this incision, both the fatty bags and the excess skin can be addressed. In some patients who have laxity of the lower eyelids a procedure to tighten the lower lids may need to be added.

*Generally, it takes about one hour to treat the upper eyelids and another hour to treat the lower eyelids. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and will be performed at our fully accredited outpatient surgical center.

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Eyelid Surgery


Our Newport Beach blepharoplasty may be performed under general anesthesia or with sedation. In all cases, anesthesia is also used.

For the first 72 hours after the surgery, you need to take it very easy. You should keep your head elevated and use ice packs on your eyes to minimize any swelling you may have. You should use the eye drops prescribed as well as the pain medication as needed. Your activity should be light for the first three weeks after the surgery. Contacts can be worn when the eyes start feeling normal and the majority of the swelling has subsided. This is usually about 10 days after surgery. If it is necessary to pull down on your eyelid to insert them, they should not be worn for 2 weeks. Wear glasses until then. It is common to have blurred vision after your procedure as the cornea can swell and it can take several weeks to resolve. Be patient, this will go away. Cosmetics can be worn on the face as early as 5 days after surgery. However, eyelid or eyelash cosmetics should not be worn until 2 weeks postoperatively. Patients are generally able to return to work a week following the procedure.

Those patients who are very concerned about their privacy may want to wait two weeks before returning to work to make sure that there is no residual bruising or swelling. You may perform some exercises such as light walks after the procedure. You should not return to your full exercise regime until three weeks after your surgery. Early strenuous exercise may result in prolonged bruising and swelling and even the risks of developing bleeding behind the eyeball.

The sutures are removed between postoperative days 5 and 7. There is minimal discomfort associated with the removal of the sutures.

How Much Does a Eyelid Surgery Cost in Newport Beach?


The cost of your Newport Beach eyelid surgery can vary on a number of factors. During your consultation, Dr. Sundine will give you an examination and provide his expert recommendations Financing options are available which can make the payment process easier.

Why Choose Dr. Sundine?

Dr. Michael Sundine is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Through his years of experience, he has become an Orange County “Physician of Excellence” by the Orange County Medical Association over half a dozen times and has even been featured on the Discovery Health Channel. Dr. Sundine graduated from the St. Louis University School of Medicine with multiple honors, which he followed with a full residency in General Surgery at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Michael J. Sundine is a renowned plastic surgeon in Orange County who has more than 23 years of experience helping patients enhance their facial features. In addition to performing eyelid lifts in Newport Beach, he is a renowned Orange County rhinoplasty and facelift surgeon. If you’re in Newport Beach, Orange County, and searching for eyelid surgery near me, look no further! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sundine and learn more about your treatment options, contact us today at 949-706-3100 or use our website to request an appointment.

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What I really like about Dr. Sundine is his vast experience and training. I also like the fact he did not try to sell me other procedures. He is also very down to earth and easy to talk to. I am very satisfied with the results and I highly recommend him.

After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. I have been singing his praises to all of my friends and will recommend him to anyone searching for a plastic surgeon. Thanks, Dr. Sundine

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