Bags, extra folds or layers of skin, and fullness of the upper eyelids are some of the most common—and often the first—aesthetic concerns that affect one’s appearance over time. Depending on the severity, they can cause varying degrees of upper eyelid sagging, making a person appear overly tired or much older than they actually are. In some instances, the upper eyelids may droop so low that they cover a significant portion of the eye and inhibit a full range of vision. Fortunately, all of these issues can generally be resolved with upper blepharoplasty.
Also referred to as upper eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, upper blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove the bagginess of the upper lids and restore a youthful eyelid crease, immediately conveying a rejuvenated, more rested appearance. For those experiencing severe eyelid drooping, the procedure can also help enhance one’s peripheral vision.
Palm Beach Gardens oculoplastic surgeon Michael Connor, MD is considered one of the top eyelid surgeons in South Florida, and he has years of experience in customizing upper blepharoplasty treatment plans that yield exceptional results. For more information on what upper eyelid surgery entails, we invite you to read the sections below, or simply contact Oculoplastic & Orbital Consultants today to schedule a consultation.
How Is Upper Eyelid Surgery Performed?
To perform upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Connor will first utilize a local anesthetic to numb the area, minimizing the potential for any discomfort during treatment. Next, he will make small incisions that are concealed in the natural eyelid creases or on the backside of the upper eyelids, helping to greatly limit the visibility of scars. Excess skin and fat tissue is then removed, and if necessary, stretched or elongated eyelid musculature is corrected and restored to an ideal position. Lastly, the remaining skin is carefully smoothed out and sutured to create a rejuvenated upper eyelid appearance.
Upper eyelid surgery is generally performed as a minor outpatient procedure, usually taking about one to two hours to complete (depending on whether or not it is combined with lower blepharoplasty). Following surgery, patients are typically able to return home with the aid of a friend or family member.
What Is Recovery After Upper Blepharoplasty Like?
Recovery from upper eyelid surgery will vary from patient to patient, but most people can expect to return to office jobs and non-strenuous daily activities within the first week after surgery. Some degree of bruising and/or swelling may be present initially, though these symptoms should resolve relatively quickly when post-operative instructions are followed closely. A significant level of pain is rare, but any discomfort experienced can generally be alleviated with medication. To help ensure optimal healing, Dr. Connor typically recommends that patients avoid vigorous exercise, contact sports, and any other strenuous physical activities for at least four weeks, after which all restrictions are usually lifted.
How Much Does Upper Eyelid Surgery Cost?
The cost of upper blepharoplasty will depend on a variety of different factors, including how much skin and/or fat removal is needed and whether or not other treatments are performed in conjunction. To receive a personalized price quote for upper eyelid surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Connor. At this time, he can assess your unique needs and goals, ultimately providing you with a cost estimate based on a customized treatment plan.
It is important to keep in mind that cost should never be the sole reason for choosing a particular eyelid surgeon, as a doctor’s fees are often reflective of their credentials, surgical skill, and the overall quality of care you can expect.
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To learn more about upper blepharoplasty, or if you would like to book an appointment with Dr. Connor to find out if this treatment is right for you, please do not hesitate to call our office or reach out to us online today.