Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
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Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery or an “eyelid lift” is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is performed to help improve a tired appearance, remove sagging upper lid skin, raise droopy upper lids, and help give a more refreshed look. Every patient is different, and what one patient needs for an “eyelid lift” is usually different from another. There are many variables in upper eyelid surgery, but the most commonly addressed issues are excess skin and puffiness (blepharoplasty), and raising droopy or low lids (ptosis surgery). Each is customized to an individual patient and either blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, or both may be indicated. Oculoplastic surgeons are experts at both blepharoplasty and ptosis surgery.
Upper Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid Lift/ Upper Eyelid Surgery)
Blepharoplasty is what most people think of when they hear the term “eyelid lift”. Upper blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that can significantly improve tired or heavy appearing eyelids. Blepharoplasty usually involves removing excess skin from the upper lid by making a small incision in the upper eyelid. The incision is hidden in the upper eyelid fold and is rarely noticeable after healing.
Commonly asked questions about upper blepharoplasty
What type or results can I expect from upper blepharoplasty?
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty helps the eyes appear more rested and youthful. Excess skin is removed with upper eyelid surgery, which improves sagginess and wrinkling. If there is puffiness, then upper eyelid surgery can address that as well. It is easier to put make up and eyeliner on since the redundant skin no longer gets in the way. Many patients also notice an improvement in their field of vision as well.
How long does upper blepharoplasty take to perform?
Upper blepharoplasty is a relatively quick procedure. Every patient is different, but the actual surgery usually takes about 30-45 minutes. However, you likely be at the office or the facility for a few hours on the day of your eyelid surgery.
What is the recovery like from upper blepharoplasty?
Everyone is different, but usually recovery is about a week or so. Most patients have little to no pain and can return to moderate activity the next day. If non-dissolving sutures are used, then they are usually removed in 5-7 days. Mild swelling and occasional bruising are normal and typically resolve quickly. The incision is hidden in the lid fold so it is hard to notice, and fades over a few weeks.
How do I know if I need a blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, or both?
Dr Vidor will be able to determine that during your consultation. He will take precise measurements to determine the position of the eyelid skin, margin (where the eyelashes are), eyelid fold, eyebrow, and eyelid muscle function. Sometimes Dr. Vidor will also place drops in the eyes to evaluate the eyelid muscle function. During your consultation Dr. Vidor will discuss all of your options and customize a treatment plan for you.
Where is upper blepharoplasty performed and what type of anesthesia will be used?
Upper eyelid surgery can be performed either in the office or in an outpatient surgery center. During your consultation, Dr. Vidor will discuss both options and help determine which is best for you. If performed in the office, Dr. Vidor will use local anesthesia to numb your eyelids to make sure there is no pain. If patients are anxious, an oral sedative can be given as well. If performed in the operating room, eyelid surgery is typically performed under twilight anesthesia.
Does insurance cover upper blepharoplasty?
It might. Insurance may cover upper eyelid surgery if your upper eyelids block a significant amount of your upper visual field. A visual field test can be performed to determine how much of your vision is blocked.
I have already had eyelid surgery at another facility but my eyes still look tired. Do I need blepharoplasty revision?
Possibly. There are many reasons why patients can still have a tired appearance after eyelid surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Vidor will be able to determine what can be done to address these issues and tell you if you are a candidate for revision eyelid surgery.