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Upper Blepharoplasty

Tired of droopy, aging eyelids weighing you down? Experience youthful rejuvenation with Upper Blepharoplasty by Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva in Newport Beach, CA. Elevate your look and restore confidence with this transformative procedure.

Benefits Beyond Age with Upper Blepharoplasty

Rejuvenate your appearance and boost your self-confidence with Upper Blepharoplasty, a transformative procedure that breathes new life into aging eyelids. Performed by Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva in Newport Beach, this surgical procedure delivers immediate, enduring benefits that can revitalize not only how you look, but how you feel about yourself.

Customization to Your Unique Needs

Every patient’s eyes are unique, and so is every blepharoplasty procedure at LEA Plastic Surgery. Dr. Taghva customizes the surgery based on your specific aesthetic goals and the unique anatomy of your eyelids. Whether you’re looking to correct a tired appearance, improve vision obstructed by drooping skin, or achieve a more youthful look, the procedure is tailored to meet these needs.

What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

It can be frustrating to look in the mirror after a good night’s sleep and still see an aged appearance. That’s where upper blepharoplasty or upper eyelid surgery comes in. This eyelid procedure addresses the tired-looking eyes that often arise due to facial aging and helps patients restore a youthful, refreshed appearance.

Good Candidates for Upper Blepharoplasty

Patients who are looking for a more rejuvenated and refreshed appearance in the eye area may benefit from upper eyelid surgery in our Newport Beach location. Dr. Ho Taghva often recommends this procedure to patients who have wrinkled, saggy, or loose upper eyelid skin and droopy eyelids. While most of our patients are usually at least 35 years of age, younger patients may undergo this procedure if they believe it’s necessary based on their aesthetic goals.

Upper blepharoplasty at our Orange County facility is also a great option for those who have lost their natural upper eyelid crease or fold and have puffy fat pouches that make them look tired. An eyelid lift to remove excess skin may also be an ideal solution for drooping lids that are getting in the way of a patient’s peripheral vision.

Patients who have a serious medical condition such as glaucoma or diabetes should not undergo upper eyelid surgery. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ho Taghva, who has extensive training in blepharoplasty surgeries, at our Orange County plastic surgery center is the best way for a patient to determine whether or not they are a good candidate for this procedure.

Upper blepharoplasty in Newport Beach is performed next door to the LEA Plastic Surgery Offices

The Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure

Upper blepharoplasty in Newport Beach is performed next door to the LEA Plastic Surgery offices at the GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery. The office is Medicare Accredited, which is the highest level of accreditation available for outpatient ambulatory surgery centers in the United States.

During upper blepharoplasty in our Orange County facility, Dr. Ho Taghva will make tiny incisions to access the tissues of each upper lid.

These are made in the natural creases of the upper eyelids to hide the minimal scarring. After she makes the incisions, the doctor will reposition and remove skin and fat as needed. The specific techniques she uses will depend on the patient’s particular needs.

Once Dr. Ho Taghva has restructured and reshaped the patient’s eyelids, she’ll place very fine sutures in the natural folds of the eyelids to reconfigure them. These sutures will be removed several days after the procedure. In most cases, an upper blepharoplasty takes one to two hours to complete and is typically performed under local anesthesia.

Preparing for Upper Blepharoplasty

To help ensure a safe and successful procedure, Newport Beach patients will need to take some steps to prepare for an upper blepharoplasty. They’ll need to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain other medications and supplements at least two weeks before their surgery, as these may cause excessive bleeding.

Smokers will be required to quit a month before the procedure to prevent complications. In addition, patients will need to come to our office on the day of surgery without any lotion or eye makeup and should arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.

Upper Blepharoplasty vs. Lower Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess eyelid fat and drooping skin from the upper eyelids, typically caused by the natural aging process. The blepharoplasty procedure can help patients get rid of puffy eyes and a tired appearance. A lower blepharoplasty, on the other hand, can address dark circles under the eyes, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles in the eye area. While some patients only choose to undergo upper blepharoplasty, others opt for both procedures at the same time to address both the upper and lower eyelids.

The Upper Blepharoplasty Consultation

The main goal of an upper blepharoplasty consultation is for a patient to share their concerns and goals with Newport Beach’s Dr. Ho Taghva.

The doctor will perform a physical exam on the patient’s upper eyelids and on their lower eyelid skin and muscles. She will also evaluate the patient’s medical history to figure out if they have a history of dry eyes or use blood thinners.

If the patient is a good fit for upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Ho Taghva will explain the procedure in great detail and answer any questions they may have.


Recovering From Upper Blepharoplasty

At LEA Plastic Surgery, we understand that a successful recovery is just as important as the surgery itself. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva and our dedicated team are committed to ensuring your recovery from upper blepharoplasty is as smooth and comfortable as possible. Here’s what you can expect during the recovery phase and how to care for yourself after the procedure.

Post-Procedure: The First Few Days

Immediately following your upper blepharoplasty, it’s normal to experience swelling and bruising around the eyes. We recommend using cold compresses to help reduce swelling. Rest is crucial; therefore, we advise keeping your head elevated and avoiding any strenuous activities.

Managing Discomfort

While discomfort is typically minimal, any pain can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Dr. Taghva will provide you with specific instructions on pain management, including recommended medications and dosages.

Follow-Up and Suture Removal

You will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Taghva within a week of your surgery for suture removal. This is also an opportunity to assess your healing progress and address any concerns you may have.

Returning to Normal Activities

Most patients feel ready to return to work and normal daily activities within 7 to 10 days after surgery. However, to ensure optimal healing, we advise against engaging in vigorous physical activities or heavy lifting for at least a few weeks.

Long-Term Care and Results

Swelling will gradually subside over several weeks, revealing the final results of your surgery. Scars from the incisions typically fade significantly over time and are well-concealed within the natural creases of your eyelids.

Dr. Taghva will provide detailed guidelines on long-term care, including how to protect your eyes from sun exposure and recommendations for skincare products to aid in healing and scar minimization.

Your Journey to Rejuvenated Eyes

Choosing upper blepharoplasty at LEA Plastic Surgery means entrusting your vision of beauty to a team committed to excellence. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva’s expertise in this delicate procedure ensures results that are not just about aesthetic enhancement but about rejuvenating your entire appearance with care and precision.

Risks and Complications of Upper Blepharoplasty

As with all surgical procedures, an upper blepharoplasty comes with some risk and potential for complications. The most common risks include pain, swelling and bruising, scarring, infection, adverse anesthesia reactions, eye dryness or burning, or whiteheads that appear after sutures have been removed.

Upper Blepharoplasty Cost

The cost of upper blepharoplasty varies by patient and the complexity of their particular case. Factors that may affect the total cost include the surgeon’s experience, fees for anesthesia, facility rental fees, and other related expenses.

Patients should inquire about financing options when discussing pricing and payment prior to scheduling their procedure. They should contact Dr. Ho Taghva’s office for more information about pricing and payment options prior to scheduling their procedure.

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva

Recognized and Respected

Dr. Taghva’s expertise has not only earned her a loyal patient base but also recognition from her peers and the broader medical community. Her work in upper blepharoplasty and facial rejuvenation has been featured in various medical symposiums, highlighting her as a leading figure in cosmetic surgery.

A Personalized Approach to Patient Care

At the heart of Dr. Taghva’s practice is a deep commitment to personalized patient care. She believes in creating a collaborative environment where patients feel heard and valued. From the initial consultation to the final stages of recovery, Dr. Taghva ensures that each patient’s journey is tailored to their unique needs and aesthetic goals.

Innovating for Better Outcomes

Dr. Taghva is at the forefront of incorporating the latest techniques and technologies in upper blepharoplasty. Her innovative methods are designed to minimize downtime, enhance recovery, and deliver natural-looking, long-lasting results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Upper Blepharoplasty

Is it a good idea to get lower eyelid surgery in addition to upper blepharoplasty?

Many Newport Beach patients opt for lower eyelid surgery at the same time as upper eyelid surgery so that they can enjoy more dramatic facial rejuvenation results in the eye area. Some patients also undergo a brow lift to improve the appearance of the upper third of their face.

Will upper eyelid surgery get rid of wrinkles?

Contrary to popular belief, upper eyelid surgery is not intended to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, and dark circles. Instead, its goal is to remove excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid area. Patients who are interested in improving fine lines and wrinkles should consider other procedures like laser resurfacing, injectables, or chemical peels.

What is the perfect age for an upper blepharoplasty?

There is no “perfect age” for an upper blepharoplasty in Newport Beach. Most patients choose to undergo the procedure in their 30s, 40s, and 50s when signs of aging around their eyes have begun to make them look older than they feel.

Is upper eyelid surgery painful?

After upper eyelid surgery, patients may feel some pain and discomfort. The good news is that postoperative discomfort can usually be greatly reduced with cold compresses and pain medications. Patients shouldn’t worry about any unmanageable pain as it is a very rare occurrence.

When do most patients return to work after upper eyelid surgery?

Most patients return to work 8 to 10 days after upper eyelid surgery. However, those with physical jobs typically require more time away from work.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

Typically, upper blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation. However, when it is paired with other procedures, general anesthesia may be necessary. Dr. Ho Taghva will discuss the type of anesthesia is right for the patient’s individual procedure during the consultation.

How long do blepharoplasty results last?

Upper eyelid surgery results may last around seven years. After about seven years, the natural process of aging may cause skin and fat to accumulate once more. Patients can undergo this procedure again if they wish.

When will patients look normal again after upper eyelid surgery?

Most patients appear normal and feel comfortable participating in social activities about two to three weeks after surgery. They can typically enjoy their final results after three months and may find that their results continue to improve until around the six-month mark.

Can patients wear makeup, wash their hair, or shower after upper blepharoplasty?

Most patients are cleared to shower and wash their hair the day after upper eyelid surgery. Dr. Ho Taghva does not recommend wearing eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, or any other type of eye makeup for at least a few weeks after surgery.

Is upper eyelid surgery a medical necessity?

Some patients choose an upper blepharoplasty for medical reasons. Their upper eyelids may droop so far that it makes it difficult for them to see. In these cases, insurance may cover the cost of the surgery.

What upper blepharoplasty office is near me?

If you live near Newport Beach, CA, LEA Plastic Surgery offers upper blepharoplasty among its services, and is conveniently located at 20360 SW Birch Street Suite 180 Newport Beach, CA 92660

“I love doctor Ho! She is the best! She did my eyes ~ and my fat transfer ~ after the surgery she follows me every week ~ she always give me good advice!~ I am loving my new face now~ thanks and millions of thanks for her! ”


“I was born with left eye ptosis and always had one eye monolid and the other has double crease. It is very difficult for me to do makeup everyday. It bothered me very long time. Now I have even double eyelid and am happy with it. Thank you Dr. Taghva who has amazing skills for the beauty which brings happiness for women.”


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