• Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Explained

  • Blepharoplasty is also known as eyelift, eye tuck or eyelid surgery.

    Why upper eyelid blepharoplasty?

    Over time the skin and soft tissues around the upper eyelids will gradually thin and stretch allowing the upper eyelids to sag and the upper fat to protrude. Some young individuals have excessive skin and fat in the upper eyelid area.   Upper blepharoplasty removes excessive or sagging skin and protruding fat, creating a more awake, energetic, youthful and attractive appearance.

    Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?

    Most patients are over the age of 35 but younger adults with hereditary excess of upper eyelid skin and fat are also excellent candidates. There is no upper age limit as long as the patient is in good health. Whatever the age, surgical candidates with any health issues should obtain clearance from their medical doctor.

    As with any cosmetic plastic surgery, realistic expectations are important. Patients need to fully understand what the procedure can and cannot achieve. You should have all your questions answered before the surgery. Just as importantly, you should listen carefully and completely to your surgeon’s answers and explanations.

    Who will benefit most from upper eyelid blepharoplasty?

    The patient with droopy, excessive upper eyelid skin.

    Is upper eyelid blepharoplasty the only way to improve the appearance of the upper eyelid and brow?

    No. Surgical Brow Lifts, Non Surgical Brow Lifts and Laser Skin Treatments to the eyelid area are all ways to improve the appearance of the upper eyelid and brow. For many individuals these procedures will produce results superior to traditional blepharoplasty. For others, combining one or more of these procedures with traditional blepharoplasty will create the best appearance.

    How is upper eyelid surgery performed?

    Prior to the procedure Dr Perry will first determine carefully measure the amount of skin to be removed. The procedure is usually performed using only local anesthesia or light sedation.

     How do I recover following blepharoplasty?

    You can expect to have sutures for approximately 5 days. Patients typically have little or no pain. For the first 48 hours you should rest and perform limited activates with no lifting or bending. Keep the head elevated and apply cold compresses.  You should also apply a small amount of petroleum jelly ointment to the suture line.  After 48 hours you may resume normal light activities. You should check with Dr Perry before resuming vigorous exercise or activities. For the first few days of normal activities wearing sunglasses not only protects the new incision from UV light but conceals sutures, any discoloration and swelling.

    What are the risks associated with blepharoplasty?

    Eyelifts are a commonly performed procedure, and when done by a skilled, experienced surgeon such as Dr Perry, complications are extremely rare and include the following:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection during recovery
    • Pigmentation problems on the eyelids and skin surrounding the eyes
    • Abnormal folds of the eyelid skin
    • Eyes that won’t close completely or are not exactly even in shape
    • Abnormal shift in the lash line
    • Injury to vision

    Take the first step:

    If you are considering blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr Perry. At your consultation Dr. Perry will carefully listen to your concerns and goals, perform the appropriate examination, answer any questions and explain your options often using computer imaging.