Upper Blepharoplasty Overview:
The most common upper eyelid complaint relates to heavy or drooping upper eyelids. These can make you look older than your age or even interfere with your eyesight.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty, also known as upper eyelid surgery or eye lift, is a very common surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin, fat or muscle from the upper eyelids for a more youthful appearance. Typical candidates are men and women whose vision or aesthetic appearance is impacted by heavy, drooping or puffy eyelids. The procedure can be performed on its own or combined with a brow lift for additional correction.
To be considered a suitable candidate for this type of surgery, you should be in good general health and have realistic expectations.
An incision is made in upper eyelid, hidden within the natural crease lines that run above the eyelashes. Depending on the patient’s anatomy, the incisions might extend into the crow’s feet or laughter lines at the outer corners of the eyes. Working through the preoperative markings, the surgeon will separate the skin from the subcutaneous layers and remove excess fat and trim any sagging muscle and skin for a smoother, rejuvenated appearance. The incisions will then be closed with very fine sutures.
Upper Blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can normally go home later the same day. The whole operation takes approximately one hour, and visible scarring will be minimal.
This procedure usually lasts for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Care After Surgery:
After surgery, you should rest quietly with head elevated. Oral medications will help with pain and discomfort. The doctor will also prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection. Instructions to follow for several days, includes: proper way to clean your eyes, use of cold compresses to minimize swelling, use of lubricating eye drops, head elevation, no makeup, no alcohol, no television, and no contact lenses. You should also limit activities for a few days.
Stitches will be removed about a week after surgery. Bruising and swelling will continue to gradually subside after stitches are removed. Bruising usually disappears within 7-10 days duration. Sunglasses and protective sun block are required for several weeks. Normal activities can resume after about 10 days, though strenuous activities such as lifting, bending and exercise can resume after about three weeks. Most patients are back to work within 1-2 weeks.
This surgery help improves baggy skin under the eyes, sinking upper eyelids or drooping eyelashes that impair vision. We guarantee quality service and satisfying results of the operation but in cases of surgical corrections, patient can assure a free of charge revision.
Risks and complications:
Complications are rare; however there are risks associated with any medical procedure. Possible
complications include: infection, bleeding (rare) but can cause loss of vision, prominence of the scars,
asymmetry in healing or scarring, dryness, decrease sensation in the eyelid, difficulty closing the eyes,
or any reaction to anesthesia and in rare instances blindness. You can help minimize certain risks by
following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after your eyelid
Types of anesthesia use:
General anesthesia or local with sedation
Upper blepharoplasty can be performed on an out patient basis or in the hospital under local or
general anesthesia. You and your surgeon will discuss preferences.
Preparation prior to surgery:
Medical history assessment (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications
taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be
performed during consultation.
Avoid smoking for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation
and will greatly affect healing process.
Stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
Taking any medications should be avoided such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic
steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to
surgery, and also avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as
they can increase bleeding.