Upper Eyelid Rejuvenation (Upper Blepharoplasty)
An upper blepharoplasty (or eyelid lift) is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin on the upper eyelid to restore a more youthful appearance. The natural process of aging results in skin laxity, excess skin, and overall lack of volume/firmness to the upper eyelids. This leads to the appearance of drooping (ptosis) of the eyelids, which can obstruct your vision, and makes the face appear older looking. In most cases a small amount of fat is removed from the upper lid at the time of eyelid skin removal, being mindful to avoid hollowing out the eyes.
Where is the procedure performed?
An upper blepharoplasty is performed in our office with local anesthesia and typically takes approximately an hour. However, an upper blepharoplasty can also be combined with a lower blepharoplasty, a brow lift, and/or facelift in an outpatient surgical setting.
Post-operatively, you will be prescribed antibiotic eye drops, artificial tears, and a pain medication. Patients typically experience mild to moderate bruising and swelling around the eyes for one week, which generally resolves by week three. You will have a follow-up appointment generally five days following the procedure to remove sutures, evaluate your progress, and most patients return to work between 10 to 14 days.
This procedure can be either classified as a cosmetic or medical (functional blepharoplasty) for dermatochalasis, also known as eyelid skin redundancy. Every insurance company varies in what they require for approval of an upper blepharoplasty, but typically they request an evaluation/consultation by an ophthalmologist or optometrist, and pre-surgical photos. Otherwise, we have financing plans available to assist you reach your aesthetic goals.
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