What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure done to correct excess or drooping skin on the upper eyelids. This procedure can also help to correct functional problems with your eyelids, such as drooping upper eyelids (eyelid ptosis) that can impair your vision. It can be combined with lower eyelid surgery to address the upper and lower eyelids or a brow lift to give you the ultimate in facial rejuvenation.

Who is a Candidate?

Individuals who have excess sagging skin that covers the natural fold of their upper lids or puffy upper eyelids that make their eyes look aged or tired may be able to benefit from upper eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift. During your initial consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sweat, you will be able to discuss your cosmetic goals, go over any concerns you may have, and ask questions. Dr. Sweat will examine your upper eyelids to determine if this procedure is right for you.

The Procedure

During upper eyelid/blepharoplasty surgery, an incision will be made at the natural upper eyelid crease. Through this upper eyelid incision, Dr. Sweat will remove excess fat, muscle, and excess skin, if necessary, will be removed. Fat may be redistributed to the lower lids as well. Very fine sutures will be used to close incisions, minimizing scarring on the upper eyelid skin once it heals.

The procedure is done with local anesthesia often with the assistance of IV sedation for maximal comfort. When you awaken from the procedure, small pieces of tape will be present across the bridge of the nose and lateral cheeks, which are holding stitches in place and will be removed at the time of suture removal.

The Results

Upper eyelid surgery results will appear gradually as swelling and bruising decrease. Patients will experience bruising and swelling on their upper lids, which can be lessened with cold compresses and ice packs to be used for the first 48 hours after surgery.

During recovery, patients should sleep in a reclined position with their heads raised higher than the chest. Straining, heavy lifting, and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least two weeks. Stitches will be removed within a week of surgery.