As we age, skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag and droop. For many people, this is especially true of the skin in the upper eyelids, which may constantly cause a tired appearance. Sagging eyelids can also start to impair your vision, so it’s not just a cosmetic concern. Fortunately, there is a solution in upper blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid surgery. During this procedure, an incision is made in the upper eyelid so that excess skin and fat deposits may be removed. The result is a restored youthful appearance that can make a dramatic difference for your self-confidence.
Benefits of Upper Blepharoplasty
While upper blepharoplasty is an invasive surgical procedure, it is relatively low-impact. Incisions are small and made in the natural eyelid crease, which means that results look natural. This small surgery can also make a big difference in both your appearance and your quality of life. If baggy eyelids have been causing difficulty with your vision, or you are simply tired of others easily guessing your age, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kay to talk about whether upper eyelid surgery is right for you.
Dr. Kay’s Surgical Approach
You should always consult a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon when you’re considering any facial cosmetic procedure. Dr. Peter Kay takes an artful approach to upper blepharoplasty and all surgeries, taking the time to understand the unique needs of each patient. On your first visit with Dr. Kay, he will help you decide if upper blepharoplasty is enough to meet your goals. In some cases, he may recommend pairing the procedure with a lower eyelid lift or brow lift for more complete facial rejuvenation.
How long will it take to recover from surgery?
Upper blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day as your surgery. However, you will want to take a few days to rest and recover. Your eyelids may be swollen and sensitive for a few days, and you may have some redness and irritation. Any discomfort will be manageable with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. You may also have to avoid wearing makeup for about 2-3 weeks, depending on Dr. Kay’s recommendations.
Will I have a "worked on appearance"?
Though the results of your surgery may make a dramatic difference for your appearance, other people shouldn’t be able to immediately guess that you’ve had work done. Dr. Kay uses a delicate approach to work with your natural features, so you won’t have an unnatural look after surgery.
Can upper blepharoplasty address bags under the eyes or brow wrinkles?
Upper blepharoplasty only addresses saggy upper lids and fat deposits in the upper part of the eye. If you are concerned about brow lines, bags under the eyes, or a hollow appearance under the eyes, Dr. Kay may recommend accompanying surgical procedures, such as a brow lift.
Am I a good candidate for surgery?
Only a plastic surgeon can make the final recommendation on whether surgery will be the right choice for you. However, you are likely a good candidate if:
- – You are in good health and do not smoke.
- – You do not have serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration.
- – You have realistic expectations for blepharoplasty.
- – You do not have ptosis, or damage to the upper eyelid muscle. This will require a different surgical procedure to correct.