What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, is a 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 (ptosis) that can impair your vision.

Who is a Candidate?

Individuals who have excess hanging skin that covers the natural fold of their upper eyelids or puffy upper eyelids that make their eyes look aged or tired may be able to benefit from upper eyelid surgery. During your initial consultation with 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 surgery, an incision will be made at the natural upper eyelid crease. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle, and fat, 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 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 decreases. Patients will experience bruising and swelling, 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 head 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.