“Your eyes are the window to your soul.” It is the most important noticeable feature of someone’s face. The eyes and surrounding structures go through aging changes throughout life, worsened by sun exposure. The changes include loss of elasticity, skin stretching, sagging, fat redistribution, and pigmentation changes. There can be puffy or excess skin in the upper eyelids, causing the upper eyelid platform (where makeup is placed) to get covered and also giving older and tired appearance. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty involves removing excess loose skin (and sometimes fat) from the upper eyelids, giving the eyes more youthful appearance with more visible eyelid platform. Upper blepharoplasty may be combined with upper eyelid ptosis surgery and brow lifting as each can contribute to “heavy” “droopy” upper eyelid area.
If the sagging upper eyelid skin obstructs peripheral vision, blepharoplasty can eliminate the obstruction and expand the visual field.
Upper Blepharoplasty Technique
Excess loose upper eyelid skin is excised through a hidden incision in the natural upper eyelid crease line. Care is taken to preserve existing fat in the upper eyelids (except the medial section) as fullness to the upper eyelids is more youthful. In fact, this procedure is sometimes combined with fat or filler injection into the upper eyelid/brow area for those with hollow upper eyelid area. If the upper eyeliid is droopy (ptosis), the muscle that raises the upper lid can also be tightened (ptosis surgery). Upper blepharoplasty is also often combined with lower aesthetic blepharoplasty (“Quad-blepharoplasty”), brow lifting, and other eyelid or facial procedures.
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Am I A Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?
You might be a great candidate for blepharoplasty in Beverly Hills if you have any of the following:
- If you have excessive, sagging or wrinkled upper eyelid skin.
- If you have excess upper eyelid skin that interferes with vision.
- If you have lost your natural upper eyelid crease
- If you have puffy pouches of fat in the upper eyelids that create a tired or aged appearance.
- A more youthful and rested appearance of the eyes.
- Widening of visual fields if excessive upper eyelid skin has partially blocked vision.
The operation is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia alone or conscious sedation.
The incisions are made where the natural crease should be in the upper eyelids. Excess skin (with or without fat) are removed.
Recovery after Upper Blepharoplasty (“Eyelid Lift”)
The recovery period includes bruising/swelling of the eyelids for about 7-10 days. It is practically painless and vision remains intact since no patch is placed. The sutures are taken out about 1 week after surgery, at which time the person can resume normal activities.
Before (left) and 3-months after (right) upper and lower blepharoplasty, ptosis (droopy eyelid) surgery, lateral brow lift (pretrichial approach).
Before (left) and 3 months after (right) Quad-Blepharoplasty (with fat transposition), ptosis surgery, and Braiserre brow support.
Before (left) and 2 months after (right) upper blepharoplasty and lateral pretrichial brow lift (scar still healing).
Before (left) and 3 months after (right) Quad-Blepharoplasty (with fat transposition), ptosis surgery, and lateral pretrichial brow lift.
Before (left) bilateral upper blepharoplasty and lateral pretrichial brow lift and after (right).
Before (left) and after (right) quad-blepharoplasty, chemical peel.
Before (left) and 3-months after (right) ptosis surgery, and blepharoplasty.
Before and 3 months after photos of a middle age woman who underwent upper blepharoplasty (“eyelid lift”), lower blepharoplasty and lateral brow support.