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Cosmetic Eye Surgery

Eye lift and brow lift to treat bags under eyes

A young woman looks through her hands that are held up in the shape of a heart, representing the naturally beautiful appearance after cosmetic eye surgery.

Eye lift and brow lift to treat bags under eyes

Plastic surgery to the eye area requires special expertise in order to restore the natural appearance of youthful and beautiful eyes. Our highly trained Scripps Clinic plastic surgeons offer the latest in cosmetic eye surgery to achieve your goals.

Eye lift (blepharoplasty)

As you age, your eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. “Baggy” eyelids are most often due to the loss of skin elasticity associated with aging. An eye lift, or blepharoplasty, treats the following:


  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds and disrupts the natural shape of upper eyelids 
  • Puffy eyes or fatty deposits above and below eyelids
  • Bags under eyes that make you look tired or older
  • Droopy lower eyelids that reveal the white below the iris
  • Baggy skin around eyes that can reduce peripheral (side) vision


Blepharoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that removes excess skin, muscle and fat to improve the appearance of your eyes and help you look younger, well-rested and more vibrant. At Scripps Clinic in San Diego, we use the latest techniques in facial plastic surgery to help reduce your downtime and minimize scarring.


Typically, the results of eyelid surgery are long-lasting. While there is usually mild to moderate pain involved in this surgery, you may experience swelling or bruising. Final healing may take a few months. 

Brow lift and forehead lift

A brow lift and forehead lift help restore a smooth, tightened appearance to the area above the eyes for a more youthful, relaxed appearance. A brow lift can help:


  • Reduce wrinkles that develop across the forehead and bridge of the nose
  • Improve vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Raise sagging brows that are hooding the upper eyelids


Typically, brow lift results are immediately visible. Post-surgical swelling and incision lines will resolve within several days. 


While your cosmetic eye surgery results may be long-lasting, you will continue to age naturally. Following a healthy lifestyle and minimizing sun damage will help extend the results of your surgery.

Reconstructive eyelid surgery (oculoplastic surgery)

Oculoplastic surgery, commonly known as plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelid, includes a variety of procedures to treat abnormalities and deformities of the eye socket (orbit), eyelid, tear ducts and surrounding facial tissues. People may need this type of surgery after removal of skin cancer on the eyelid, cheek or face, or after an injury that damages the bones around the eye socket or face.


We perform many oculoplastic surgeries on an outpatient basis for a shorter recovery time.

Why choose Scripps Clinic Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

When you’re considering plastic surgery, you want to be sure to choose a plastic surgery center that meets the highest standards for safety and quality.


Scripps Clinic plastic surgeons:


  • Are board certified in plastic surgery
  • Have years of experience in the artistry of plastic surgery
  • Partner with board-certified anesthesiologists


In addition, we perform all procedures in a hospital or approved ambulatory surgery setting for added sterility and infection prevention, as well as maximum safety.


The decision to have cosmetic surgery is very personal. It’s important to ask questions and talk with your plastic surgeon to:


  • Decide if this procedure is right for you
  • Find out what results you can realistically achieve 
  • Explore the benefits and risks 


Find Scripps Clinic locations for plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery.