Eyes Specialist

Thomas Vecchione, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Vecchione Plastic Surgery

Thomas Vecchione, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in Banker's Hill, San Diego, CA

Eye and eyelid procedures require special skills and a delicate technique to achieve optimal results. Dr. Vecchione has extensive experience in eye procedures, including surgical approaches and injectable fillers, helping patients throughout the San Diego, CA, area look younger, more refreshed and more alert.

Eyes Q & A

What kinds of surgical procedures are available for the eye area?

Today's advanced surgical techniques are more precise than ever, enabling a number of procedures to be performed, including:

  • lower lid tightening

  • eyebrow repositioning

  • corrections of droopy or overhanging upper lids

  • correction of deep tear “troughs”

  • recontouring of skin and fat

  • correction of deep furrows

  • tendon tightening to reduce laxity near the eyes

What is blepharoplasty?

Sometimes called a “lid lift,” blepharoplasty elevates lids that have begun to droop or become lax as a result of the aging process. Droopy lids can make you look perpetually sleepy, and they can also cause an increased risk of infections in some people. Blepharoplasty raises the lids by repositioning muscle and skin and removing excess skin and fat as needed. The procedure can be performed on both upper and lower lids.

How is blepharoplasty performed?

Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. Incisions are made in the crease of the upper lid and just below the lash line of the lower lid or inside the lower lid. Once an incision is made, excess fat, skin and other tissue can be removed and redistributed, then the incision is closed. Most procedures take about two hours to perform.

Can I correct problems without surgery?

Some problems can be temporarily addressed using Botox® or fillers. For instance, crow's feet – wrinkles and creases at the sides of the eyes – may be temporarily relaxed with Botox® and brow furrows may be treated with fillers. But while the results of these products can be very satisfactory, they will wear off over time and require regular touching up to maintain the effects. Also, some areas of the eyes, such as the lids, simply cannot be treated with injectables like fillers or Botox®.