Reclaim Your Youthful Look With Blepharoplasty

There are many undesirable changes that are brought about by the natural aging process. One area of the body that exhibits these changes the most is the area around the eyes. As we get older, we lose skin elasticity and the region around the eyes tends to acquire a saggy appearance. This droopy look can make you appear sad or tired and even adversely affect your vision when it becomes more severe.

EYE Rejuvenation

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the eyes by getting rid of the excess skin and puffy bags that develops over the course of time. During this procedure, Dr. Balikian will remove excess skin and fatty deposits while repositioning the underlying muscle structures that hold up the skin and give your eyes their vibrance.


Local anesthesia is administered around the eyes to prevent discomfort during the eye rejuvenation. For upper eyelid surgery, very small incisions are created along the natural crease at the top of the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, incisions are made either inside the lower eyelid or directly below the eyelash line.

Next, excess skin is carefully removed, and the remaining skin is tightened. Sagging muscle tissue is tightened, and excess fat is removed or repositioned as needed.

The surgery may last between one to two hours depending on the needs of each individual patient. It is performed as an outpatient surgery, meaning you will be able to return home the same day of the surgery.

Sometimes, a chemical peel or laser resurfacing is recommended in addition to surgery to further tighten the skin and improve the fine wrinkling of skin. This procedure is often combined with forehead or brow lift surgery, because excess skin hanging from the upper eyelid may be due to the sagging of the eyebrow.

Options include:

  • Upper blepharoplasty – in which the skin and possibly excess fat or muscle is removed
  • Lower blepharoplasty – in which excess skin and fat are removed through a small incision
  • Lower blepharoplasty with fat transposition – in which excess skin is removed, and excess fat is folded over to fill a deep tear trough (dark circle)
  • Trans-conjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty – an incisionless surgery for removing only fat of the lower eyelids (mostly in younger patients)
  • Lower Eyelid Skin Pinch – in which only skin is excised of the lower eyelids with no effect of the fat or muscle.

The Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty isn’t just a cosmetic procedure; it is also a life-changing experience for those who suffer from saggy skin around the eyes. The goal of the surgery is to create a smoother, more youthful look that appears approachable and in-line with the rest of your facial features. Not only will it provide you with a more youthful and alert look, but it can also serve as an effective method of improving your vision and enhancing your overall quality of life.

How to Prepare For Your Blepharoplasty?

Prior to undergoing blepharoplasty, it is important that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Balkian to discuss the details of the procedure in more depth. During your consultation, you will be asked about your medical history, including past surgeries and any medications you are currently taking. Our team will also provide you with pre-operative instructions in order to achieve the best results possible. You will receive a take home bag of all products you need to take care of yourself and will be set up for success.


If you suffer from droopy skin around the eyelids that causes you to look much older and tired while also limiting your vision, then you may be a good fit for blepharoplasty. The best candidates for blepharoplasty should be in good physical health, be ready to follow any pre-operative instructions given, and have realistic expectations. We will help determine your candidacy for the procedure during your consultation.

Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dr. Balikian is an experienced, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon. He is double board-certified both in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Balikian belongs to a very select group of elite cosmetic surgeons with at least six years of specialized surgical training exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.

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After your eye rejuvenation procedure, you may need several days for proper healing and recovery. Bruising, swelling, and pain may be experienced, but these symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Ice packs or cold compresses can help with reducing the swelling. Keep your head raised at all times for the next couple of days.

Ointments and eye drops may be prescribed to prevent dryness. Patients may have blurred or double vision for several days, along with light sensitivity and watery eyes. Strenuous activities should be avoided for a week or two. Avoid rubbing your eyes or wearing contact lenses for several days.


The cost of an eye rejuvenation procedure differs greatly for each patient based on the specified treatment approach employed. The overall price may be affected by anesthetic and surgical fees.

Contact Our Office

If you have any questions about the eye rejuvenation in Murrieta, contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Richard Balikian today. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience providing excellent cosmetic services in Temecula Valley and San Diego, Dr. Balikian will gladly guide you through the entire surgical process and address any questions or concerns that you may have along the way.

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My surgery was fast and easy, recovery was also good.


My surgery was fast and easy, recovery was also good. Doctor explained everything to me the before and after. Was very pleased and will definitely come back in the future. [Single best thing is…] I had a blepharoplasty to remove fat from my lower eyes that always made me look like I was tired. Everything was smooth the day of the surgery. My recovery time was very minimal. I had no pain. Everything went just as the doctor [said] things would go.