Upper eyelid surgery, also called an upper blepharoplasty, can restore a youthful appearance by removing excess skin around the upper eye. This can eliminate the drooping effect many patients develop as they age. In some cases, your facial structure may naturally cause the upper eyelid to droop as a result of ptosis.
As a skilled aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, Dr. Carl B. Pearl frequently performs upper blepharoplasty. In this post, you can find the answers to the most common questions patients have to learn more about the procedure.
How Does Upper Eyelid Surgery Work?
The process involves removing excess fat deposits and skin from the upper eyelid region. Natural aging can cause this portion of the face to feel heavy, and noticeable sagginess and drooping may occur. In some patients, this droopiness can also impact vision.
Surgery aims to remove redundant skin by making an incision across the eyelid crease. The two edges are then brought together and sutured. Excess skin and fat are removed, leaving the patient with a more refreshed, healthy appearance.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Upper Eyelid Surgery?
Ideal candidates for an upper blepharoplasty are in good general health, non-smokers, and have no serious pre-existing conditions. Anyone who currently has hypertension or takes anticoagulant medications will need to discuss their candidacy further with their doctor and a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Are the Results Permanent?
Upper eyelid surgery results generally last between five to seven years. Natural aging and accompanying skin laxity can cause additional sagging to occur in the future. Some patients decide not to have repeat surgery, while others opt for a forehead lift over another upper blepharoplasty.
What Is Upper Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?
Patients typically experience bruising and swelling for the first two weeks. You may be asked to avoid wearing makeup on or around the eyes during the first 14-21 days after surgery. You can wear glasses immediately, but your surgeon may ask you to avoid contact lenses for several weeks.
Generally, recovery is easy, and patients can alleviate any mild discomfort using over-the-counter pain relievers and applying cool compresses.
Schedule a Consultation With a Facial Surgeon
Dr. Pearl is a facial and body expert. His decades of experience and training in general surgery have equipped him with the skills necessary to deliver the most effective results through minimally invasive methods.
If you would like to discuss upper eyelid surgery in Savannah, GA, please contact us online or call Chatham Plastic Surgery at 912-446-1985.