Drooping upper eyelids are a concern for people young and old. The cause is genetic for some individuals, and for others it’s a sign of advancing years. Restoring a more youthful and open upper eyelid, through blepharoplasty, can be a very rewarding experience.
We don’t age according to a timeline, nor do we all age in the same way. So it’s best to look at your individual concerns and then determine the best age for eyelid surgery. Whether you’re 31 or 55, consider blepharoplasty if the appearance or function of your eyelids is bothering you. If you’re a younger patient, you get to enjoy the results for many years to come.
How Upper Eyelid Surgery Works
Before surgery, we administer a general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation. Within the natural contours of your skin, the upper eyelid incision is performed, which extends from the interior corner to slightly beyond the outside corner. Excess fat and skin are removed through the incision, and the skin is closed with fine sutures.
Recovery times is about 7-10 days, but some swelling will usually persist for up to 3 weeks. During recovery, you will need to be cautious and avoid straining your eyes. Our staff can advise you on makeup application and concealer during your recovery.
When you visit us for a consultation, we discuss your concerns and determine if eyelid surgery is the best procedure for achieving your goals. You may be surprised when alternative surgeries or treatments are recommended.
The upper eyelids are directly below the brow. If the brow begins to sag, it can contribute to the appearance of droopy upper eyelids, or eyelids that have redundant skin. Brow lift surgery is commonly performed to address these conditions, and it may be combined with blepharoplasty in certain cases.