Upper Blepharoplasty, often referred to as an “eye lift,” is a cosmetic surgical procedure. Designed to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of the upper eyelids. Over time, factors such as aging, genetics, and sun exposure can lead to sagging skin and excess fat deposits in the upper eyelid area. This can result in a fatigued and aged appearance.
Dr. Russell and his dedicated team are here to guide you on your journey to brighter, more refreshed eyes. Discover the transformational possibilities of Upper Eyelid Surgery with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
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What is Upper Blepharoplasty?
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that corrects and lifts drooping upper eyelids, or ptosis. Drooping eyelids contribute to a fatigued look and can result in an older appearance than your actual age suggests. In some cases, ptosis can interfere with vision and the ability to blink properly, leading to headaches and dry eyes.
To address these concerns, upper eyelid surgery is best. The surgery involves removing excess skin and fat on the eyelids, then tightening for a youthful appearance.
In certain instances, patients may experience sagging of the brow and forehead. When this occurs, Dr. Russell recommends a brow lift. Depending on the severity, it might be best to combine a browlift with a blepharoplasty procedure.
Before and After Patient Photos
Upper Blepharoplasty Before and After Patient 1:
The upper blepharoplasty procedure was conducted to eliminate surplus, drooping skin from the upper eyelids for this patient.
Benefits of Upper Eyelid Surgery
The upper eyelids can sag because of a variety of factors, such as age and genetics. More specifically, the main factors are hooded eyelids (dermatochalasis), medial fat pads, and pulled brow/forehead tissue.
A blepharoplasty is perfect for remedying these concerns:
In some severe cases, the patient might have lost functionality, whether it be impaired vision or the ability to blink. Using the same technique, Dr. Russell can perform a functional blepharoplasty to restore these functionalities or improve them.
How is it Performed?
To begin the surgery, Dr. Russell creates a tiny incision in the folds of the upper eyelids, called supra-tarsal creases. This approach minimizes scarring and makes it practically invisible. Though, if the patient has severely hooded eyelids, he must create incisions on the outer corners of the eyes.
Before surgery, Dr. Russell determines the amount of tissue he needs to remove and marks the incision areas with a pen.
By removing too much fat and tissue from the eyelids, the appearance of hollowness increases, which Dr. Russell avoids. Sometimes, he must remove excess fat in the inner corners of the eyes. And in other cases, he performs the surgery accompanied by a brow lift, using an endoscope.
Ending the surgery, Dr. Russell closes the incisions with sutures, which he removes 5-7 days later. He typically requires only about half an hour to perform the procedure.
Frequently Asked Upper Eyelid Surgery Questions
How long does it take to recover from an upper eye lift surgery?
Recovery from upper blepharoplasty is relatively quick, when compared to other cosmetic procedures. Typically, bruising subsides within the first week. By this point, patients can comfortably use makeup to conceal any remaining bruising and begin returning to normal routines. After a few weeks, the results should become fully apparent, as swelling diminishes.
How much does an upper blepharoplasty cost?
An upper eyelid lift surgery can cost can vary. Though the cost is entirely dependent on each patient’s aesthetic goals. The amount of time spent on the operation is also a direct factor in its cost.
How long will my bruising last?
Following your blepharoplasty procedure, bruising may last for upwards of 2 weeks, before dissipating. To mitigate swelling and bruising, Dr. Russell applies ice to the treated area, directly after surgery.
Once home, patients should continue using ice for the next week. After a week, patients can begin using Arnica gel and makeup to hide the remaining bruising and swelling.
Do I need an eye lift, or a brow lift?
During a consultation, Dr. Russell will examine the treatment area and assess your individual goals. One of his tests is lifting the patient’s brow. After the brow is raised, if excess eyelid skin is still visible, they may benefit from both procedures. On the contrary, if excess skin is not visible, a brow lift might be the only procedure needed.
Who is a Candidate for Upper Blepharoplasty?
Individuals experiencing sagging eyelids, both men and women, could be suitable candidates for blepharoplasty.
Typically good candidates for this procedure include:
Each individual’s candidacy for Upper Blepharoplasty is unique. It should be assessed by a qualified medical professional to ensure the procedure aligns with their specific needs and expectations.