35 Yo Asian Male, Lower Eyelid Bag Treatment (Always Asked, "Are You Tired?") - Aliso Viejo, CA

I would always get asked at work " Are you tired?"...

I would always get asked at work " Are you tired?" or always get the comment "Wow, you look tired ! you musta been up late!" . It gets old REALLY fast, considering I was rarely tired and usually had a good nights rest. Comments like that pretty much shoot your entire day, and also makes you pretty self conscious if it happens enough. I started doing research on how to fix bags under the eyes about a 1-2 years ago, and listened to people telling me I need to cut alcohol/sodium and to use expensive creams. Tried everything, and it just simply didnt work, and after much research, came to the conclusion that I needed a lower bleph. Be sure to do your homework on the types of lower bleph that doctors perform, as there are certain types out there that can leave a hallowed-out look if not done properly (Dont worry, Dr Miller doesnt use this method)

I had to battle my girlfriend and my own mother to convince them I needed the surgery as I kept getting the comments " Its OK for guys to have bags under their eyes" or "Its barely noticeable!" Well, I can say that after the surgery, and putting the before and after pics side by side, both my girlfriend and my mother both were impressed saying " oh wow... yeah, I guess you needed it! Glad you got it"

Total surgery cost was $3850 ($4100 when including all pain pills/ steroids/eye drops/lab fees) . Overall very positive experience, and very happy with the outcome! Very natural look, no change in eye shape ( I was concerned about eye shape as I am asian and obviously have a different shaped eye than other ethnicities).

The surgery itself was relatively painless ( some slight discomfort) ; healing took a while, and had quite a bit of puffiness in the face, but overall most subsided after 10 days. Had some slight bruising left over after the 10 days, but no one really noticed and after about 16 days or so, became nearly impossible to see. I know if you look up lower bleph on line, you will see people who look like they are wearing a purple mask across their eyes as the bruising is so bad, and I can say that I was NOWHERE near as bad as they were (on a scale of 1 to 10, and the purple mask being a 10, i was about a 0.5) , but we are all different, and our bodies heal differently.

I also had some scary moments where my incision area bled 4-5 days after the procedure ( no pain) and had to wash off the blood with saline solution. It wasnt a big issue (very worried at first, but Dr Miller saw me immediately and we figured out that it was just some of the dissolvable stitches getting loose (which they are designed to do, after 4-5 days).

I also had another issue where something called Chemosis happened ( its where you eye gets a little puffy/squishy). Dr Miller diagnosed it, changed up my meds a bit (he switched me to a different steroid eye drop), had me patch my eye during the day, and after a few days, everything was much better and the chemosis went away.

Considering all the issues, I feel this is where most of the practices/doctors get put to the test. Zero complications are the easiest cases, but when there are small issues that need to be worked out, you want someone who will stick by you , and make you feel like you are cared for. I definitely felt that here, and I am glad I chose Dr Miller and his staff to do my lower bleph procedure.

Picture of before and 3 weeks post op

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Dr Miller was a very thorough and friendly doctor, and answered all my questions. Made sure I understood what he was going to do, how he was going to achieve it, and didn't try to upsell me on additional services/procedures. I can tell he is committed to his patients/practice, and even met up with me on the weekend to do a follow up to make sure all was well. I even had some frightening moments at home where I thought I might have had complications after the procedure. I called Dr Miller and he saw me same day with zero notice to make sure all was well . The complication was a false alarm, but he and his staff were there every step of the way to make sure everything was in good order which should be considered a very big plus in the "just in case" scenarios. Would I do this again? Absolutely!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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