Due to thin, delicate skin, our eyes and eyelids often show signs of aging before other parts of our face. As we grow older, the skin around our eyes begins to wrinkle, crease and droop, which can lead to a tired, worn-out appearance.
Upper eyelid surgery (or upper eyelid blepharoplasty) is a procedure that removes redundant, saggy skin from the upper eyelids to create a more youthful, rested appearance. In some cases, fat is also sculpted to help improve the appearance of fullness in the upper eyelids. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with brow lift surgery to achieve a harmonious, rejuvenated appearance of the forehead, brows and upper eyelids.
Benefits of Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can:
- Remove drooping or hooding of the upper eyelids, which may improve vision.
- Improve lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
- Help to create a more rested, youthful appearance.
Candidates for Upper Eyelid Surgery
Candidates for upper eyelid blepharoplasty include those who:
- Do not have a history of significant eye problems.
- Do not smoke and remain in good health.
- Do not have a history of excessive scarring or keloid formation.
The Upper Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery begins with a small incision in the natural fold of the upper eyelid. Placement of the incision helps to ensure minimal scarring, while also hiding most of the scar under the crease of the eyelid. Excess skin is then removed. Fat can be sculpted at this time to fill hollow areas and improve areas of fullness. Sutures are used to close the incision and are removed one to two weeks after surgery.
Results and Recovery of Upper Eyelid Surgery
Following surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising around the eyes. Bruising and swelling are usually present for approximately two weeks. You may also experience itching, burning or dryness of the eyes for a short period of time. Length of recovery time will depend on the technique utilized during surgery. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities after one or two weeks.
Post-surgery recommendations following upper eyelid blepharoplasty include:
- Apply an ice pack to the surgical areas during the first three to four days after surgery to control swelling.
- Refrain from wearing contact lenses or makeup around the eyes for the first week after surgery.
- Protect your skin from the sun, which will help prevent scarring.
- Avoid strenuous exercise or lifting weights over eight pounds for the first few weeks after surgery.
Schedule an Upper Eyelid Surgery Consultation
If you would like to learn more about how our surgeons at Visage Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery can help you with your upper eyelids, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your unique aesthetic goals.