Blepharoplasty: Upper Eyelid Surgery

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what is blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?

The area around the eyes are often one of the first places to reveal signs of aging. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, becoming loose and less supple. Around the eyes, crow’s feet and excess skin in the upper eyelids reveal this aging process, contributing to a tired and worn out appearance. Fortunately, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive and extremely effective method to restore a more youthful and rested look. Because the upper and lower eyelids, eyebrows and midface all play a role in the overall aesthetics of the face, all of these need to be considered when considering an upper eyelid blepharoplasty.

What can blepharoplasty help correct?

In extreme cases of excessive skin in the upper eyelid, a “hooding” effect of skin hanging over the eyelashes may obstruct peripheral vision. Patients notice improvement in their ability to see peripherally, feel less fatigue and appear more alert.

IDeal candidates for eyelid surgery

During your consultation you will undergo an extensive evaluation to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for surgery. There are certain medical conditions that manifest themselves with droopy eyelids. Prior to proceeding with surgery if these conditions would have to be managed. It is important to note that drooping upper eyelids often affect elderly individuals, so in general age is not a reason not to have surgery if you need it.

benefits of eyelid surgery

There are many benefits to upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Perhaps the most notable is the improvement in your vision that can be obtained by removing excess skin that may be blocking your field of view. Some people described improved vision as well by allowing more light to enter the eye after removing excess skin that may be causing an ongoing effect or lateral hooding. In addition to this, there is a cosmetic improvement that a lot of people experience. This is a result of removing the saggy appearance of the eyelids which is associated with the aging face. The cosmetic improvement can be further enhanced by combining a blepharoplasty with other cosmetic procedures.

Will there be scarring after my eyelid surgery?

Eyelid tissue tends to heal very well with little scarring. Since the incision is made in the crease of the eyelid, any residual scar is naturally hidden. Your friends and coworkers will comment how refreshed and great you look without even knowing you had surgery performed!

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How can I prepare for Upper Blepharoplasty?

Rest assured that her surgeon will do everything possible to make sure that your surgery is as comfortable and as easy for you as possible. The most important thing for you to do is to follow the instructions that were given to you preoperatively. If you are having anesthesia, do not have anything to eat or drink starting at midnight the night before your surgery unless you are instructed otherwise by either your surgeon or your primary care physician. The exception to this role is that you can take her morning medicines with a sip of water. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, your surgeon or treating physician will tell you if any modification to your usual morning dose as is necessary.

Does my insurance cover blepharoplasty?

Most often, an upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance.

do you use Anesthesia during treatment?

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is normally performed on an outpatient basis under a local anesthesia with sedation. This type of anesthesia is also known as Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) and is performed by an anesthesiologist. Benefits of a MAC include: greater comfort, fast recovery, much lower risk of nausea after surgery and does not require intubation.

Blepharoplasty risks

Every surgical procedure has risks associated with it. However, the risks associated with blepharoplasty are very uncommon. Together we have preformed thousands of surgeries. Blepharoplasty is the most common procedure we do. While it is impossible for any surgeon to guarantee that you will never have a complication, rest assured that you are in expert hands and your risk of complications is very small.

Recovery from eyelid surgery

This surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so you will go home the same day. There is minimal pain after the procedure, although some discomfort is normal. Temporary blurred vision is normal and should subside within the first 24 hours. Ice packs are recommended for the first two days while bending and heavy lifting should be minimized. Swelling and bruising around to eyes lasts for seven to ten days. Most patients can return to work after one week. Your physician will also provide detailed post surgical instructions.


If you would like more information on the upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedure, contact one of our Michigan offices today! Call 248-357-5100 to schedule a consultation with one of our facial plastic surgeons.

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