The upper eyelids softly frame the eyes.
In youth, the upper eyelids are naturally full and wrinkle free. As we age, the eyelids sag. They give a patient a tired look. They can create a heaviness that is uncomfortable and sometimes even interferes with our vision.
Sculpting the eyelids, by removing excess tissue, can create a more rested, youthful and natural appearance.
What is An Upper Blepharoplasty?
Patients can opt to have Dr. Palu perform upper or lower blepharoplasty or address both eyelids at once. Upper blepharoplasty mainly addresses the sagging that is prevalent in the upper eyelid. Incisions are made to allow for removal of excess skin and some fat. Dr. Palu often repositions fat, rather than removing it.
While upper blepharoplasty is usually a cosmetic procedure, sometimes a patient’s sagging is extreme enough that the skin is impacting vision. In these cases, this is called functional upper blepharoplasty, and the procedure is usually covered by insurance.
Am I a Candidate for Upper Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty is one of the few cosmetic procedures equally popular with women and men. Everyone, regardless of gender, experiences dramatic sagging on their eyelids. This is because the skin on the eyelids is some of the thinnest on the entire human body, and this skin is continually exposed to the environment. Most people over the age of 40 would benefit from eyelid surgery.
Upper Eyelid Surgery Procedure
The goal with the upper eyelid is to remove excess skin and fat and, if necessary, improve the field of vision. Dr. Palu makes the incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This effectively conceals the scar. Excess skin is removed, fat repositioned or removed, and the underlying muscle tissue tightened.
Upper Blepharoplasty Recovery
Recovery is not difficult with this procedure. After your surgery, you will return home with a cold compress and lubricating eye drops. If you are diligent with the compress you can mitigate the amount of bruising and swelling quite a bit. Swelling and bruising is the worst on the day after surgery, but begins to quickly run its course. Light activity such as walking helps to speed healing. Your stitches will be removed in one week. Most people can return to normal activity in a week or so after surgery. In two weeks, the majority of your bruising and swelling will resolve.
When Will I See My Results?
You will see immediate changes in the appearance of your eyes in just a couple days, after the initial swelling begins to clear. From there, your eyes will continue to improve for the next two weeks. In two weeks, you’ll be thrilled with your younger eyes, and they will improve somewhat for another two weeks or so. Your improved eyelids will make your face appear roughly 10 years younger.
How Long Will Results Last?
People wonder about the duration of their results with eyelid surgery, but the changes are permanent. The excess skin and fat removed are gone for good. Yes, your eyelids will continue to sag with aging, but they will do this from a younger starting point. Your results will last the rest of your life.
There are the potential risks and complications of any surgery: infection, bleeding, and poor wound healing. There can be some eyelid specific complications such as dry eye, entropion or ectropion, and problems closing an eyelid, but these are very rare. Blepharoplasty with an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Palu is a safe, satisfying procedure.
Combining Upper Blepharoplasty With Other Procedures?
As mentioned above, many patients opt to have both eyelids addressed in one procedure. Other patients may combine blepharoplasty with a brow lift to refresh the upper third of the face. Botox can be used in combination with this surgery to raise the eyebrows and to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Dermal fillers can address areas of concern below the lower eyelids.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about Eyelid Surgery or to schedule a consultation at one of our NYC or New Jersey offices, call 212-213-2002.