An upper eyelid lift, or upper blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure intended to correct drooping excess skin on the upper eyelids. Often, when your upper eyelid weighs down upon your eyes, it can impede your vision, and this can also be addressed using this procedure.

Individuals with naturally drooping eyelids or those who are experiencing upper eyelid sagging as a consequence of aging may choose to get this procedure done. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as a lower eyelid lift, a forehead lift, or dermal-filler treatments.

Are You a Good Candidate for an Upper Eyelid Lift?

The following qualities make a person a good candidate for upper blepharoplasty:

  • Being in overall good health
  • Having realistic expectations from blepharoplasty
  • Experiencing sagging upper eyelids as a result of aging or genetics
  • Experiencing obstructed vision due to drooping upper eyelids
  • Having fine wrinkles on the upper eyelids

  • Your Upper Blepharoplasty Consultation

During your consultation, there will be a discussion of the details about upper eyelid blepharoplasty, including preparation and recovery. You will share your desires and expectations from the procedure with Dr. Handler or Dr. Pearce. They will then examine your eyelids and go over your medical history to decide if you are fit to have the procedure performed.

Dr. Handler and Dr. Pearce asks every patient wishing to undergo surgery to stop smoking and taking ibuprofen and other blood-thinning medications in preparation for the surgical procedure. This aids in speedy healing and helps to prevent complications.

The Upper Eyelid Lift Procedure

An upper eyelid blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day as the surgery. The procedure is completed in a matter of a few hours.

The operation is carried out after anesthesia has been administered to numb you to any pain that you would otherwise experience. Small and precise incisions are then made. The upper eyelid lift incision is created in the natural crease between the eyebrow and the upper eyelid.

Following this, excess skin and muscle tissue are removed, and the remaining skin and muscle tissue are tightened. Finally, the incisions are closed with tiny dissolvable sutures.

The results of an upper eyelid blepharoplasty can last as long as five to seven years. The eyelids may begin to sag again with time.

Recovery and Healing

Patients will not be able to drive themselves home after upper eyelid surgery, so it will be necessary to arrange for a friend or a family member to give you a ride home and help out for the first night. Patients will need to stay home from work for several days following the surgery.

It will be incredibly important to be as careful as possible with your eyelids as they heal. Your eyes may experience more dryness than normal during the healing process. Prescribed ointments or eyedrops can be used to address this issue.

You will need to protect your eyelids from sunlight and wind while they are weakened and healing. Sunglasses and proper sunscreen offer protection during this time.

Swelling and bruising will be present in the area for a time. Applying a cold compress will help to bring down the swelling.

Contact Us to Find Out More

Dr. Lawrence Handler or Dr. Zachary Pearce at Michigan Oculofacial Specialists can provide you with an upper eyelid lift for beautiful and rejuvenated eyelids. To get started, contact us for your consultation.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology Michigan Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons American Medical Association American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery ASOPRS Michigan State Medical Society