Blepharoplasty & Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery encompasses the following procedures.

  • Blepharoplasty (upper & lower eyelid)
  • Ptosis Correction (lower eyelid)

Excess skin and fat naturally accumulate in the upper eyelid as we age. Commonly referred to as bagginess, patients are uniformly displeased with the aged and fatigued look that this extra tissue conveys. In extreme cases, the weight of eyelids becomes substantial and vision is partially obstructed, limiting the performance of everyday activities.

Additionally, the thin muscle that controls upper eyelid elevation can stretch with time leading to an unopposed lowering of the eyelid margin. This also connotes a tired appearance and can obstruct the visual field when severe. All of these components are examined and addressed during your upper eyelid blepharoplasty consult and correctable during surgery.

Read below for more information on the eyelid procedures or schedule a consultation now.

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About Upper Eyelid Procedures

Blepharoplasty and Ptosis Correction procedures are done in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic.

Excess skin and fat naturally accumulate in the upper eyelid as we age. Commonly referred to as bagginess, patients are uniformly displeased with the aged and fatigued look that this extra tissue conveys. In extreme cases, the weight of eyelids becomes substantial and vision is partially obstructed, limiting the performance of everyday activities.

Additionally, the thin muscle that controls upper eyelid elevation can stretch with time leading to an unopposed lowering of the eyelid margin. This also connotes a tired appearance and can obstruct the visual field when severe. All of these components are examined and addressed during your upper eyelid blepharoplasty consult and correctable during surgery.

What Should I Expect?

The eyelid consultation focuses on creating a personalized treatment plan that addresses your goals and fulfills your expectations. With the knowledge that each individual is unique, non-surgical as well as surgical options will be discussed. You will leave with a thorough understanding of eyelid rejuvenation and how it contributes to restoring youth to the upper third of the face.

Submit a consultation request on this page to schedule a visit to our Newport Beach, CA location or request a virtual consultation for our out-of-town patients.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Surgery is performed at an accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, California. Under the care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, these procedures are typically performed under sedation with local anesthesia in order to ensure maximal comfort and safety.

The incision is placed in the natural upper eyelid crease, rendering it imperceptible during daily conversation.

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Patients are discharged home the same day and generally experience very minimal discomfort, often returning to work in the days following surgery. The sutures are removed painlessly in the office one week following surgery.

The results are intended to be long lasting; however, the process of aging cannot be stopped and may impact the robustness of the result over time. As such, excess skin may gradually re-accumulate. This is unavoidable, however easily addressed during a second procedure. Regardless, patients are uniformly pleased with the natural and refreshing look that this procedure provides.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Donald S. Mowlds, MD, MBA

Extreme care is taken during surgery to make sure downward tension is not placed on the lower eyelid, thereby preserving the shape of the eye.

About Lower Eyelid Procedures

The transition between the lower eyelid and cheek is an important facial landmark and target for rejuvenation procedures. Even the slightest discordance between these areas connotes an aged appearance. Excess fat in the lower eyelid produces a visible bulge, or “bag,” causing patients to appear tired.

Additionally, as we age, volume in the cheek diminishes, causing a visible recess or deepening around the eye. Light reflects off this area and creates a hollow, aged appearance that is displeasing to patients. Injectable filler placed in and around the tear trough region temporarily and often incompletely disguises this problem.

Unfortunately, non-surgical methods cannot address the excess skin that accumulates in the lower eyelid. Undoubtedly, a more resilient, long lasting improvement is achieved through surgery. Excess fat in lower eyelid is removed or repositioned, smoothing the transition with the cheek. Additionally, excess skin is addressed through a discrete incision hidden beneath the lower eyelashes. Lower eyelid sagging (also called lower eyelid malposition) is also corrected with re-suspension and tightening, restoring a youthful vitality. Lower eyelid surgery is frequently combined with a facelift procedure and/or chemical peel to synergistically rejuvenate the face.

What Should I Expect?

The eyelid consultation focuses on creating a personalized treatment plan that addresses your goals and fulfills your expectations. With the knowledge that each individual is unique, non-surgical as well as surgical options will be discussed. You will leave with a thorough understanding of lower eyelid rejuvenation and how it contributes to restoring youth to the upper third of the face.

Submit a consultation request on this page to schedule a visit to our Newport Beach, CA location or request a virtual consultation for our out-of-town patients.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Surgery is performed at an accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, California. Under the care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, general anesthesia (fully asleep) is used to ensure maximal comfort and safety.

The incision is placed in a natural lower eyelid crease, rendering it imperceptible during daily conversation following healing.

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Patients are discharged home the same day and generally experience very minimal discomfort, often returning to work in the days following surgery. The sutures are absorbable and the scars blend within the natural contours of the lower eyelid.

The results are intended to be long lasting; however, the process of aging cannot be stopped and may impact the robustness of the result over time. As such, excess skin may gradually re-accumulate. This is unavoidable, however easily addressed during a second procedure. Regardless, patients are uniformly pleased with the natural and refreshing look that this procedure provides.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Donald S. Mowlds, MD, MBA

Extreme care is taken during surgery to make sure downward tension is not placed on the lower eyelid, thereby preserving the shape of the eye.

Request a Eyelid Consultation

Receive an in-depth consultation where we will thoroughly review your goals to personalize a plan focused on a natural and aesthetic result. Dr. Donald S. Mowlds, MD is located in beautiful Newport Beach, CA but is also available via a virtual consultation for out-of-town patients.

All Procedures & Surgery Services

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Other Face Procedures

A lower face and neck lift imparts youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Excess skin and fat are removed in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic that avoids an overdone appearance.

Liposculpture uses various liposuction techniques to address the excess fat tissue of the neck, jowls and chin to provide an enhanced contour. The targeted approach that liposuction affords is unparalleled and results in customized contouring of the neck and jaw. Mild skin laxity is also improved during the healing process following liposuction.

A surgical as well as non-surgical rhinoplasty "nose job" should be performed in harmony with the patient’s existing facial contours and ethnicity, creating the most natural result. We will devise a comprehensive plan that balances the objectives with your natural facial features in order to achieve a beautiful, long-lasting result.

The chin is the centerpiece of the lower face and as such conveys excess or deficiency in this area. A chin augmentation utilizes a small silicone implant placed through a discrete incision to create a more balanced profile and structure to the jaw and lower face.

Eyebrow lifts reposition the eyebrows to the ideal location, refreshing the upper eye region. Brow lift surgery is often combined with upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, to achieve a maximal rejuvenation in this area.

Ear rejuvenation aims to restore a natural, symmetric and aesthetic appearance to the ears. Abnormally shaped ears can be inherited at birth and cause distress throughout the adolescent years and beyond.

All Procedures

Popular patient requests include restoring volume loss from the face and aging around the eyes which through a midface lift, will reposition your existing facial soft tissue onto the cheekbones to restore vitality. A lower face and neck lift will impart youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin will also be addressed during a neck lift to reveal and highlight your underlying structure.

Breast surgery is a core component of my practice and one of my true passions. I have spent years researching breast cancer, reconstruction and aesthetics in order to offer my patients the most innovative products and surgical techniques.

Areas of excess fat that persist despite diet and exercise can be frustrating. The intrinsic blueprint for fat deposition and retention varies widely between individuals. Body contouring is more art than science that requires blending several procedures and techniques in order to achieve a dramatic and resilient result. Lax skin and excess fat are addressed and muscles are tightened, restoring a youthful and natural appearance to the body.

Skin health is a science that treats the skin components at a cellular level to achieve flawless complexion and texture. A customized skin-care regimen can aggressively treat pigmentation and textural abnormalities as well as optimize the skin to tolerate more aggressive procedures such as lasers and peels. This combined approach leads to an unprecedented lasting renewal of the skin.

Facial rejuvenation and enhancement can also be addressed non-surgically in the office setting using a wide variety of injectable products and non-invasive devices such as Botox®, fillers, laser, Renuva® and more.

Male aesthetics has become increasingly popular as men recognize the availability of procedures that can transform areas of the body left unchanged by diet and exercise. From subtle facial rejuvenation to body sculpting procedures, many surgical and non-surgical procedures can be tailored to the male physique.

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