Upper-Eyelid Surgery Eliminates Excess Loose Skin
An eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, is useful in eliminating excess skin and tightening loose skin in the eyelids to give you a more youthful and alert appearance. An eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or even both, depending on each individual case.
Having excess fat and skin in the upper eyelid can result in a droopy, puffy, and aged appearance. In some cases, it may even interfere with one’s vision. Hence, blepharoplasty is not just helpful in improving the appearance of a person’s eyes and face, it can also provide functional benefits as it enhances vision impaired by the loose, saggy skin.
An upper eyelid surgery can help with the following conditions:
• Sagging or loose skin that ends up creating folds or disrupts your upper eyelid’s natural shape, possibly impairing vision
• Fatty deposits which cause puffiness in your eyelids
• Tired looking or aged eyes
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
During the upper eyelid surgery, your surgeon will make strategically placed incisions in the creases of your upper eyelids in order to hide any potential post-surgical marks. The procedure involves trimming the excess skin responsible for giving you the dreaded tired and droopy appearance.
In certain cases, the upper eyelid surgery may also involve repositioning the underlying muscles. Your surgeon will lift the remaining skin and reattach it to give you a more attractive and youthful appearance. Sutures are typically used to close the incisions.
In an upper eyelid surgery, the ultimate goal is to give a patient a natural, rejuvenated look and not the artificial “wide awake” appearance that results from overcorrection.
Ideal candidates for an upper eyelid surgery may include the following:
• Individuals suffering from serious eye problems
• Individuals who enjoy good overall health and have no major medical problems that may interfere with the healing process
• Individuals who have realistic expectations and a positive attitude
Recovery and Results
The recovery period after an upper blepharoplasty is usually quite brief. On the day following the surgery, patients may experience increased swelling and bruising, but this will soon start to subside. Your surgeon may recommend using a cool compression in the first two days of recovery as it can really help minimize swelling and bruising in the eye area.
Light physical activity like walking can also speed up the healing process. Along with cool compression, instructions for certain medications and ointments may also be given to you by your surgeon. These will help tackle irritation and dryness in the eyes.
The results noticed after an upper eyelid surgery are long lasting. The surgery usually does not involve excessive discomfort, but minor bruising and/or swelling can be expected. You can expect to return to your normal daily activities within two weeks after the surgery.
Even though the upper eyelid surgery can help correct serious eye conditions permanently, your eyes will still age naturally. Hence, constant sun protection and care will be needed to maintain the best results.
It is critical to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to ensure safe and efficient healing.
Contact Our Office
Contact our office to learn more about an upper eyelid surgery and the tremendous benefits it can provide you. Double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ryan Hoffman, can help guide you through the entire process and deliver the results you desire.