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Elevate your look and regain a youthful appearance with eyelid surgery by Dr. Daniel G. Kolder. Say goodbye to tired and aged eyes with the expertise of Dr. Kolder, who specializes in both upper and lower eyelid surgery to address excess skin and droopiness. Whether you’re looking to reduce signs of aging or seeking treatment for congenital eyelid disorders, such as ptosis, Dr. Kolder’s offices in Camarillo and Santa Barbara are conveniently located for your convenience. Trust in Dr. Kolder’s skill and experience to rejuvenate your eyes and boost your confidence.

Eye Lid Surgery

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Eye Lid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

At Pacifica Center for Plastic Surgery, our dedicated team of professionals, led by our experienced plastic surgeon, is committed to providing personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs. We believe in delivering exceptional results through individualized care, ensuring that every patient achieves their aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation today to explore how our eyelid surgery procedures can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence.

Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation

Your initial consultation at Pacifica Center for Plastic Surgery in Camarillo or Santa Barbara will help determine if eyelid surgery is right for you, as well as whether you will benefit from both upper and lower eyelid surgery, or just one or the other. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about eyelid surgery, and Dr. Kolder will cover details such as surgery steps, benefits, and recovery. There will also be eyelid surgery before and after photos for you to take a look at. These photos can give you an idea of the results you can expect to see with an eyelid lift.

The Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Your eyelid surgery will be performed using local sedation or sometimes general anesthesia at our own Ambulatory Surgery Center. A small incision will be made in the natural creases of your upper and/or lower eyelids to remove excess skin, tighten underlying tissues, and remove excess fat which may be causing puffiness beneath the eyes.

Eyelid surgery is often combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures to treat signs of aging in other areas of the face. Dr. Kolder can safely perform eyelid surgery in conjunction with procedures such as the facelift or brow lift.

Recovering from Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery recovery time is roughly 5 to 7 days after surgery, though, individual recovery times can vary. Swelling, bruising, tightness and soreness are to be expected following your procedure. However, pain medications may be used to help ease any

Discomfort while you heal

Keeping your head elevated and light walking when you are up to it can help with the healing process. Dr. Kolder will provide you with detailed care instructions once your surgery is complete.


When your skin is fully healed, your eyes should appear wider and more youthful than before your surgery. Rejuvenating the appearance of the eyes often has a significant impact on the overall appearance of the face. Patients often feel more confident following their eyelid surgery and enjoy the results of their procedure for many years.


The ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are in good physical health and have realistic expectations. Those with eye diseases, such as glaucoma or dry eye, may not be ideal candidates and will need to discuss this option with their ophthalmologist. People with high blood pressure or thyroid disease may not be eligible. Discuss your full medical history with your plastic surgeon.

The cost of eyelid surgery from Dr. Kolder will depend on many factors. For starters, what type of procedure will you have done? Will you need upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both? If you will be combining eyelid surgery with other surgical or nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, the cost will increase as well. Other costs associated with surgeon’s fees, operating room facility fees, anesthesia, medical tests and prescription medications are not included in this estimate. During your blepharoplasty consultation, Dr. Kolder will create a customized surgical plan based on your specific needs and goals, giving you a more accurate cost estimate for your procedure.

If your drooping eyelids are impairing your field of vision, there is a possibility that an eyelid procedure can be determined as medically necessary. In order for this to be the case, your ophthalmologist will conduct a comprehensive eye exam, including a visual field exam, to show the extent of visual impairment. The final decision as to the medical necessity falls to your medical insurance provider.

To find a qualified eyelid lift plastic surgeon near you, start by asking friends and family in your area for first-hand referrals if available. Otherwise, begin your search online, verifying the medical credentials of all potential candidates to create a shortlist. Then, compare before and after eyelid surgery photos and read customer reviews to decide with which local plastic surgeon(s) you’d like to set up a consultation. At your consultation, ask questions to verify credentials and experience and make sure you are able to establish a rapport with the plastic surgeon.

Everyone heals differently, but with eyelid surgery, surgeons do their best to limit any scarring. Surgical incisions follow the natural skin folds and creases in the eyelids, and these typically fade as your body heals, leaving them virtually unnoticeable.

There is no single best age to get an eyelid lift, and the right age or stage of life for you will depend on your specific circumstances. That said, the vast majority of people who get eyelid surgery are over the age of 40, and within that group, more than half are over the age of 55. This does not mean that younger people cannot also be good candidates for eyelid surgery, especially if hereditary eyelid drooping or vision problems are concerns.

Anesthesia administered during your eyelift procedure should keep you comfortable. After your procedure, you can expect some discomfort. However, any pain associated with eyelid surgery can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and prescription pain medications, if necessary.

Final results after eyelid surgery can take up to six months to fully develop. However, initial results should be noticeable directly after your procedure and will continue to gradually improve as swelling and bruising diminish in the coming weeks. To ensure optimal eyelid surgery results, follow Dr. Kolder’s recovery instructions as closely as possible, giving yourself enough time to rest and recover before returning to work and other activities within 1 to 2 weeks.

While all surgical procedures come with some risks, complications are infrequent and usually minor. You can expect to have some bruising and swelling for a few days following your eyelid surgery. Other possible risks include anesthesia complications, bleeding, dry eyes, blurred vision, infection, temporary problems closing your eyes and tiny white pimples around your eyes.

Your youthful-looking results after eyelid surgery can last anywhere from 5 years to a lifetime, depending on several factors. Lower eyelid surgery can be very long-lasting and generally does not ever need to be revised. While upper eyelid surgery can also be very long-lasting, it is more susceptible to the effects of natural aging than lower eyelid surgery. 

Some people choose to pair eyelid surgery with non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments such as injectables or laser treatments for enhanced or prolonged results. Maintaining a medical-grade skincare regimen, wearing daily sunscreen and practicing healthy lifestyle habits can also help your eyelid lift results to last longer.

You may wear glasses after your surgery, and many opt to wear sunglasses in order to protect their eyes while they heal. However, you should not wear contacts for one to two weeks following eyelid surgery.

Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board certified plastic surgeon with expert-level artistic precision.
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Dr. Kolder has earned a reputation for excellence by creating results that consistently exceed his patient’s expectations. We are excited to learn about your cosmetic goals and work with you to create a custom treatment plan with your ideal outcome. To get started, reach out to us by phone, or click on the link below to speak with a Pacifica team member and set up your initial consultation today.

Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

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Patient Testimonial

“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”