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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

At our top-of-the-line practice in San Jose, eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty or eyelid lift is one the most popular surgical procedures that we perform. The surgery can treat men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Many of our patients have under-eye bags, droopy eyelids, or have a single fold. As a double board-facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chase Lay has performed over 2,000 eyelid surgeries in addition to numerous eyelid reconstruction procedures and is equipped to take on some of the more challenging cases.

Located in San Jose, we see patients all over San Francisco and the entire Bay Area. We strive to deliver the best eyelid surgery in San Jose and pride ourselves on patient communication and satisfaction.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery can be performed on women and men of any age. Eyelids typically start sagging as we get older, which is when the muscles controlling the eyelids begin to weaken, and extra skin and fat start accumulating, causing the eyelids to droop and appear puffy.

If you’re in generally good health and noticing sagging in your eyelids that are making you look older or even affecting your vision, blepharoplasty might be the procedure for you.

One of Dr. Lay’s specialties is Asian eyelid surgery—sometimes referred to as double eyelid surgery—for women and men who want a more defined upper eyelid crease. If this is you then you’re a great candidate. Please also view our page on Asian eyelid surgery.

*We ask that all candidates have realistic expectations of what the surgery can and cannot do.

What are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

As a premier eyelid surgery practice in San Jose, we’ve seen firsthand many great advantages to eyelid surgery. Below, we’ve included some of the main benefits:

  • Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure
  • You will notice that you look less tired and more refreshed, taking years off your face and eyes which creates a more youthful appearance.
  • The surgery itself may also be combined with other procedures, such as a brow lift or other nonsurgical treatments such as Botox or fillers
  • Gain self-confidence in the way you look and photograph



I had a great experience all around with Dr. Lay and his office staff. I came into his office after having upper eyelid surgery performed by another doctor. My right lid was slightly droopier than my left lid, the original surgeon stated that he could improve my overall look. Needless to say, the original results were disappointing and I was told that there was nothing more that could be done and that I just needed to get used to it. Clearly, one lid was still higher than the other. That’s when I did some research and found Dr. Lay, he was very easy-going, friendly, and professional. I knew that he specialized in Asian eyes, but was informed during our first meeting that he worked on all types of eyes (I’m a Hispanic female). He told me that he could make a small revision on my right side to improve my overall look. I was excited and happy to hear that he felt confident enough to perform the revision. Almost 2 months later and I’m extremely happy with the results. If you are contemplating upper eyelid surgery or a revision, I would definitely recommend Dr. Lay.

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What are the Different Types of Eyelid Surgery?

When first deciding if you need eyelid surgery, it’s best to first understand the different types of eyelid surgeries, and why people get them. Below, we’ve included the different types that we perform:


A standard eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates your eyes to create a refined and more youthful experience. It can be combined with upper or lower eyelid surgery to adjust any discoloration, wrinkles, and the appearance of “dullness”.

Upper Blepharoplasty

Many of our patients choose this surgery when they notice drooping eyelids. This comes from your eyelid muscles being possibly shortened, creating the inability to function properly. The procedure itself consists of the removal of a small ellipse of skin in the crease of the eyelid which will tighten it and have your eyelid muscles working as they are intended. Your eyelid creases will naturally hide the placement of the incision.

Lower Blepharoplasty

This surgery is usually performed to treat any deterioration, deflation, or soft tissue descent underneath the eyes. Dr. Lay will place a small incision on the lower eyelid skin directly under your eyelashes which removes any troublesome fat pads and excess skin that contribute to the baggy, tired eye look. Over time, the incision will blend in with your lash line and become indistinguishable.

Revision Eyelid Surgery

This surgery is typically utilized by patients who were unfortunately dissatisfied with the results from previous surgery. During this surgery, Dr. Lay will correct the previously operated eyelid, whether it be upper, lower, or both. Utilizing his experience and attention to detail, he will help you achieve the desired results unobtained from your original surgery.

Asian Eyelid Surgery

Double eyelid surgery is frequently requested by patients of Asian descent. Many of these patients tend to have a distinct upper eyelid (a single fold) which is characterized by having a lack of crease in the lid. Asian eyelid surgery is Dr. Lay’s specialty. To read more about the procedure, please read our full page on Asian Eyelid Surgery.

What’s the First Step?

The first step to eyelid surgery in San Jose with Dr. Chase Lay is contacting our office to schedule a consultation. Our front desk team is excited to chat with you, answer preliminary questions, and schedule your consultation to meet one-on-one with Dr. Lay. During your consultation, Dr. Lay will want to complete a thorough assessment of your face and eyes.

Your consultation is a great time to make sure you’re comfortable with Dr. Lay and our practice as a whole. You’ll also be able to ask questions, learn more about the procedure, and express your aesthetic goals.

If you’re comfortable with our recommendations, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide you with pre and postoperative instructions. Dr. Lay will have questions about your medical history, current medications, and any past surgeries. The point of the questions are to make sure you’re a good candidate for the surgery and for us to reduce the chance of risk and complication, so please be as upfront and honest with your answers as possible.

What Should I Expect from Eyelid Surgery?

Upper or lower eyelid surgery can be performed using a local anesthetic in Dr. Lay’s comfortable surgical suite. Dr. Lay offers various blepharoplasty procedures and techniques, depending on your anatomical, functional, or cosmetic needs. Incisions are hidden in the natural folds and creases of the eye, so they are unnoticeable once healed.

Sutures are removed anywhere from 5 to 7 days after surgery, and patients typically experience only mild discomfort after surgery with moderate swelling and bruising. Some patients may have visible swelling while bruising is less common. The recovery time after blepharoplasty depends partly on whether you prefer to wait until all signs of the surgery are gone. People who are more private will probably want to wait between 10 and 14 days before being in social situations. Best results can be seen once all healing is complete.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Immediately following your surgery, Dr. Lay will apply an ointment to the operated area to help promote the healing process, accompanied with directions to apply soothing eye drops during your recovery. In addition, he may suggest applying cold compresses as needed to assist with any bruising. Thankfully, eyelid surgery is an outpatient surgery, so you will be able to return home following your procedure.

During your recovery time (roughly 7-10 days), bruising is to be expected, along with some swelling, blurry vision, and some mild redness in your eyes. We highly recommend using sunglasses during the first few days any time you may be exposed to direct sunlight to aid in any discomfort.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in The Bay Area?

To determine the cost of eyelid surgery in San Jose and the Bay Area, many factors are taken into account. Factors that impact eyelid surgery cost include the techniques chosen, the time required to perform the surgery, and the type of anesthesia used.

*Functional upper blepharoplasty to resolve vision obstruction may be covered by your health insurance provider.

Schedule Your Consultation

Our patients feel that Dr. Lay provides some of the best eyelid surgery results in the entire Bay Area. If you’ve been looking for a plastic surgeon to perform eyelid surgery in or around San Jose, request a consultation online with Dr. Lay. Or call his office at (408) 728-8887 to schedule an appointment.


Eyelid Surgery Before & After Photos
Eyelid Surgery Before & After Photos

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