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Dr. Marin performs Eyelid Surgery in San Diego.Eyelid lift surgery or blepharoplasty is designed to treat excess skin and bulging fat around the eyes. These eyelid problems often arise as people age.

Top San Diego board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Vincent Marin, carries nearly two decades worth of experience in this field. At Marin Aesthetics, he annually performs dozens of successful eyelid surgeries to correct these concerns.

Cost & Financing

In La Jolla and San Diego, eyelid surgery typically costs from $2,500 – 6,500. The final cost will depend on miscellaneous medical expenses, including the surgeon’s fee, operating room (OR) and anesthesia fees, and the amount of tissue that must be excised from the eyelids.

Here at Marin Aesthetics, we accept cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards.

Blepharoplasty Techniques

  1. Lower Eyelid Surgery
    This involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the lower eyelids. The incision is made along the lash line or inside the eyelid if no skin is to be removed. Both skin excision and fat removal can be performed from this approach. Lower lid tightening procedures are also common to maintain proper positioning of the lower lid.
  2. Upper Eyelid Surgery
    Crow’s feet and droopy eyelids that limit vision are often reversed through upper eyelid surgery. The incisions will be made along the crease of the upper lid, which frequently leaves an invisible scar. From this approach, excess upper eyelid fat can be removed as well.
  3. Asian Blepharoplasty (Double Eyelid Surgery)
    This is an eyelid lift procedure that adjusts specific structures and removes excess fat from the upper lids. The incision is closed to create a noticeable crease in the upper eyelids to better complement the natural features of Asian patients.

Before & During Eyelid Surgery

  • Anesthesia
    Eyelid surgery is better tolerated under general anesthesia. In addition, your eyes will be constantly lubricated with eye drops throughout the procedure.
  • Your Team
    Dr. Vincent Marin will be leading the surgery. Assisting him will be a board-certified Scripps Memorial anesthesiologist, a Scrub Tech, and a fully-licensed registered nurse.
  • Surgery Time
    The typical eyelid surgery takes anywhere from 1 – 2 hours to complete.




1 – 2 hours


Pain, bleeding, infection, incomplete improvement, nerve damage (rare)


6 months for swelling to resolve, 2 – 3 weeks for noticeable swelling to resolve


General (occasionally local with IV sedation for smaller procedures)


Back to work w/ makeup: 1 – 2 weeks
Strenuous activities: 3 – 4 weeks


About 5 – 10 years depending on which technique is used




Temporary swelling, bruising, mild pain, mild nose bleeding

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Recovery & Scars

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure and you can return home once cleared by Dr. Marin. It can take up to 1 – 2 months before you fully recover from upper and lower eyelid surgery. Swelling can persist longer that is worsened with exercise or “head down” activities such as yoga.

A cold compress can help manage immediate post-op swelling and bruising, while prescription eye drops or artificial tears will help restore eye lubrication and tear film. You can expect blurred vision for 1 – 2 days and once cleared, you may return to work and resume activities such as chores. You may also begin using make-up again after Dr. Marin has deemed the incisions healed. You can resume regular exercise and other strenuous activities after 3 – 4 weeks.

The scars from eyelid surgery will be unnoticeable or hidden along your natural creases, lash lines, or in the inner eyelids.

Ideal Candidates

Generally, patients who experience any of the following traits tend to be ideal candidates for surgery:

  • Drooping skin along the center of the upper eyelids
  • Hooding of the lateral eyelid skin
  • Excess fat and skin in either eyelid that is causing vision problems
  • Crow’s feet and other wrinkles
  • Puffy eyes due to fat deposits or eyebags along the lower eyelids

Due to the perceived similarities between eyelid lifts and brow lifts, it is recommended to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is right for you.


"After researching consulting many doctors in three different states I opted to go with Dr Marin because he was the only doctor that not only offered his professional opinions but truly considered my personal concerns expectations He knows what hes doing he truly cares about his patients I..."
"I cant say enough amazing things about Dr Marin and his incredible staff I had a consultation at a different place a year prior and thought it went well until I met Dr Marin and was completely blown away They care so much and I felt so comfortable and confident There is no other place I will e..."
"I could not be more pleased with not only my results but Dr Marin and his whole staff My overall experience has been amazing I would do it all over again My only regret is not having had the courage to do it sooner I spent a year pondering on whether or not plastic surgery was for me A whole y..."
"Doctor Marin and his staff have been outstanding They have been excellent throughout my initial consultation surgery and post op I can not express how grateful I am to Dr Marin His surgical skills have changed my life Im 2 weeks post op already my results are incredible I had severe deformit..."
"Dr Marin and his staff were absolutely amazing A lot to be said about a doctor and staff that take the extra time to make you feel like more than just a number Dr Marin himself is a very well educated man that is an expert in every service he has to offer It is very evident that he does not cut..."

Your New Look After Eyelid Surgery

Within 1 – 2 weeks, you may begin to notice a difference in your appearance – a brighter and more youthful look around the eyes. As the swelling settles down, the eyes take an even more refined appearance with the gradual recovery.

The results of eyelid surgery can last for many years – brightening your appearance, and allowing your eyes to reflect your renewed self-confidence and youthful spirit.

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*The images and content provided on this website are developed to educate the public on the procedures offered at Marin Aesthetics. Individual results vary per patient. To assess your candidacy per procedure, we strongly recommend scheduling a formal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Vincent Marin.

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In light of the state wide restrictions on non-essential businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are rescheduling all of our elective appointments until the global circumstances improve. Our necessary post-operative appointments will be made, as needed, to address immediate surgical concerns such as suture removal and acute postoperative issues. All non-acute follow up appointments, fillers and Botox will need to be postponed until after the quarantine period mid April. Our office will reach out to all patients who need to be rescheduled.

We will be offering new patient virtual consultations online and via Skype that can be scheduled through our website or by emailing Also, we will offer follow-up appointments in the same manner to help manage our patients’ concerns while still respecting the need for social distancing.

We appreciate all of your understanding during these difficult times for all of us.

Stay safe,

Dr. Main and the Marin Aesthetics Team