Upper eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids. Also termed an eyelift or bleph, upper blepharoplasty surgery uses small incisions to allow for the removal of excess skin and fat. A thin stitch is then used to bring the skin together which creates an eyelid crease.
Why is this procedure used?
Patients will typically opt for this surgery for cosmetic reasons. By removing the excess skin, blepharoplasty drastically improves the tired appearance of droopy or heavy eyelids. It is also an effective means of improving the eyesight of patients among older people whose sagging upper eyelids obstruct their vision.
- Do you suffer from droopy eyelids that make you feel older? Maybe even impair your vision?
- Are you tired of people telling you “you look tired” even with a full night’s rest?
- Do you want to learn about the safest, and most advanced technique to treat your eyelids?
- Do you want to have the procedure done on Thursday and be back to work on Monday?
Who is blepharoplasty for?
Blepharoplasty is not for everyone. The ideal candidates are those who are in good health and have realistic expectations about the surgery. Surgery can enhance your physical appearance, but it will not alter facial structure or result in your ideal look.
Thus, the right candidate for blepharoplasty understands that the purpose is to reduce puffiness and excess skin from in the upper eyelids, remove under eye bags and restore vision.
The Ideal Candidate for Upper Blepharoplasty includes Patients who have:
- Tired Looking Eyes: Blepharoplasty can address features that cause candidates to appear more tired and look older than they are.
- Puffy Upper Eyelids:The surgery can reduce puffiness and smooth the appearance of under eye bags.
- Excess Upper Eyelid Skin: The surgery can remove and tighten extra eyelid skin.
- At least 18 Years Old: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
- Good Physical and Mental Health: While blepharoplasty is a minor surgery, there are different risks associated with the procedure, which need to be taken into consideration before making a final decision about the surgery.
- Realistic: Patients must be realistic regarding the outcomes of the surgery.
How does blepharoplasty surgery work?
Dr. Gallo will remove the excess fatty tissue and skin in upper eyelid lift surgery that are responsible for the appearance of inflated, droopy eyelids. During the surgery, Dr. Gallo will make incisions into the natural creases of the upper eyelids to reduce scarring and create a more natural look.
The remaining skin is reattached and lifted, resulting in a youthful appearance. To complete the procedure, Dr. Gallo will close the incisions using fine sutures.
What is recovery like after surgery?
As a patient, your eyelids will likely feel tight and sore immediately after the surgery. Dr. Gallo may prescribe medication to help alleviate the pain and any any discomfort. Fortunately, post-operative pain is minimal.
After the surgery, patients are likely to experience swelling around the incision areas. A cold compress can be used to minimize the effects. But, be careful while applying compresses to avoid disturbing the incisions. Patients should also avoid strenuous activities and excessive blinking that may increase blood flow to the eyes to prevent extreme swelling.
Dr. Gallo also uses minimally invasive techniques to improve recovery time, minimize scarring and create a natural look. Most scars fade over time and are unnoticeable.
What results should you expect from Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery eliminates the heaviness of eyelids and allows eyes that once appeared tired and aged to look brighter and more alert. The results of upper eyelid surgery typically last at least 5 to 7 years while lower eyelid surgery need not be repeated.
Patients should keep in mind this surgery does not prevent their eyelids from aging after the procedure and merely eliminates the ‘drooping’ effect.