Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the signs of aging from the eyelids. When the procedure is performed on upper eyelids, it is known as upper blepharoplasty. The procedure can significantly improve the appearance of tired-looking and droopy upper eyelids. The surgery involves removal of excess skin and redistribution or reduction of fat pockets from the upper eyelids.
In some cases, the cosmetic surgeon may recommend upper blepharoplasty in combination with brow lift surgery or dermal filler injectable treatment to achieve more uniform outcomes. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides upper blepharoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
In case of upper eyelid plastic surgery, patients with one or more of the following conditions will usually make suitable and concrete candidates:
- Puffy upper eyelids
- Older and tired looking eyes
- Excess upper eyelid skin that may be causing partial vision obstruction
- Excess fat deposits in upper eyelids
For upper blepharoplasty, the candidate should be at least 18 years of age, but most people are above the age of 30 or 35 who seek this procedure.
The cosmetic surgeon will perform upper eyelid lift surgery to reduce excess fatty tissue and loose skin that is giving an appearance of inflated, droopy eyelids. These conditions of excess fat and skin and drooping of eyelids can occur due to aging, sun exposure and other causes, but the effects can be reversed with upper eyelid surgery and more youthful looking eye appearance can be restored.
The surgeon will place small incisions along the natural creases of the upper lids to ensure that any resulting scars remain discreet. Through the incisions, the surgeon will remove excess fat and trim away excess skin that may be causing vision obstruction or contributing to older, tired looking eyes. If the underlying muscles are weak, these may be tightened and repositioned at the same time.
The remaining skin is gently lifted and re-attached to create smoother, more youthful looking upper lids. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures. An experienced surgeon will ensure that the surgery is performed in a subtle manner and no overcorrection takes place so that any unnatural ‘permanently awake’ look can be avoided. Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for upper blepharoplasty.
In addition to the primary aesthetic benefits that will result from upper blepharoplasty, many patients can also gain in terms of functional benefits. The procedure can restore peripheral vision that may have been obscured due to droopy upper eyelids. Patients who seek this procedure specifically for functional needs may also get the benefit of insurance coverage.
Upper blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery, but some post-operative pain and discomfort may be experienced in the first two to three days. Mild swelling in the incision sites can be addressed with cold compresses or iced eye pads. Most patients can return to their normal routine in about one week.
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