Take the Sag Out of Your Eyelids

Eyelid Lift San Diego & La Jolla, CAYou don’t want sagging when you’re making a soufflé. You don’t want to find an area in your yard that is sagging (hello, sinkhole!). You don’t want the Padres to be sagging in the second half of the season.

And you don’t want your eyelids to sag. That’s why you want Dr. Kearney to do a little eyelid surgery and take a decade off the age of your face.

Blepharoplasty’s the name

If you want to get all clinical, you could call it blepharoplasty. That’s the medical term for eyelid surgery. When your eyelids stretch with time — both the skin and the muscles controlling them — you can look tired all the time, you can look older, and the sagging can even block your vision.

An eyelid lift removes excess skin, tightens underlying muscles, repositions fat, and makes your eyes looks a decade younger.

How does Dr. Kearney do his eyelid magic?

You can have eyelid surgery done on just the upper or lower eyelid, or on both. For the upper eyelid, Dr. Kearney makes the incision in the natural fold of the lid. He then tightens the muscles and removes excess fat. The last step is to trim excess skin.

On the lower eyelid, there are two options for the incision. It can be made just beneath the eyelash or on the inside of the eyelid. Again excess skin is removed, and the muscles are tightened. Dr. Kearney is very careful removing fat from the lower eyelid, as removing too much fat can leave the patient with a hollowed out appearance.


When compared to other cosmetic procedures such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift, eyelid surgery recovery is a piece of cake. There will be some bruising and swelling, but we’ll give you a compress to use and if you’re diligent with it swelling will be minimal. Also, there isn’t a great deal of pain. You’ll have your stitches removed in a week, and you’ll already be looking pretty good. Most patients can begin wearing contacts again in about a week, same for going back to work.

Subtle results

One great thing about blepharoplasty is that the results are dramatic, yet subtle. People who don’t know you’ve had surgery will know you somehow look younger and more vibrant, but they won’t have any idea why. They’ll simply be jealous!

Want to take a decade or more off your eyes? Call Dr. Kearney at 858-677-9352 to schedule your consultation.

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Our office is now open!

Your health (and ours) is our highest priority so we are making a few changes to our reopening so that you can feel safe and confident coming in to see us. We are of course following all federal and local guidelines such as wearing masks and conducting phone screenings prior to your appointment but we are also implementing the following:

      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

      Asking patients to leave family members or friends at home, unless they are coming with their primary caregiver. Please leave children at home as well


How can you help?

      Come alone to your appointment, unless you need your primary caregiver with you

      Please wear a mask or face covering to your visit and keep it on unless you are asked by Dr. Kearney or an RN to remove it

      Postpone your visit if you have traveled by air or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days

      Use a pen from the holder marked “clean” and put it in the one marked “used” when you’re done

      Use the hand sanitizers in our office

      In the rare case there is someone at the front desk when you come in please take a seat until we call you and maintain proper distance throughout your visit

      Take advantage of our virtual consultations or follow up appointments if it makes you feel more comfortable

Please bear with us as we work to return to our new “normal” and feel free to call or email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff