An upper eyelid lift, or upper blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure intended for correcting drooping excess skin on the upper eyelids for cosmetic and/or functional improvements. At Michigan Oculofacial Specialists in Detroit, MI, an upper eyelid lift can be performed independently or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as a lower eyelid lift, a forehead lift (brow lift), or dermal-filler treatments.

Are You a Good Candidate for an Upper Eyelid Lift?

The following qualities can make a person a strong candidate for an upper blepharoplasty:

  • Sagging upper eyelids as a result of aging or genetics
  • Obstructed visual field (such as limited peripheral vision) due to drooping eyelids
  • Having fine wrinkles on the upper lids
  • Being in good overall health
  • Having realistic expectations

In some cases, such as with a congenital disorder or injury, a patient may need an upper blepharoplasty on only one eyelid instead of both.

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Your Upper Blepharoplasty Consultation

During your consultation, the details of upper blepharoplasty will be discussed, including preparation and recovery. You’ll share your desires and expectations for the procedure with board-certified ophthalmologists Dr. Lawrence Handler or Dr. Zachary Pearce. They will then examine your eyelids and review your medical history to decide if you are a good fit for this treatment.

Can A Lower Eyelid Lift Be Performed at the Same Time?

If you are also a candidate for a lower blepharoplasty, it is usually a good idea to have that done during the same operation for aesthetically consistent results around the eyes. Additionally, this strategy can save patients from managing multiple recovery periods and taking extra time off from work.

How to Prepare for Upper Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Handler and Dr. Pearce ask every patient wishing to undergo surgery to stop smoking and avoid taking ibuprofen and blood thinners in preparation. This aids in speedy healing and helps to ensure the best possible outcome.

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The Upper Eyelid Lift Procedure

Please remove your contacts before coming in. Upper eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day. The operation is carried out after anesthesia has been administered for your comfort.

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. Next, excess skin and muscle tissue are removed, and the remaining skin and muscle tissue are tightened. Lastly, the incisions are closed.


Recovery and Healing

Surgeon applies a bandage to the female patient's eyelids after surgeryTo experience a smooth and quick recovery, you’ll need to request time off from work for three to seven days after surgery. Patients will not be able to drive themselves home from the procedure, so arranging for a ride from a close friend or family member will be necessary.

Your eyes may experience more dryness than average during the healing process. Eye drops can be used to address this issue. Any swelling and bruising should be minimal, but you may apply a cold compress as needed.

Wear glasses or sunglasses to protect your eyelids from sunlight and wind during early post-op. You’ll likely be asked to avoid wearing contacts for at least two weeks or until otherwise directed.

How Long Will My Results Last?

The effects of an upper blepharoplasty are designed to last for a long time. However, because of the aging process, some patients will require a follow-up treatment five to seven years later if the droopy skin returns. Taking good care of your skin and wearing sunglasses whenever you go out in the sun can help lower the degree of facial skin laxity.


Dr. Pearce was recommended by a friend who had eyelid surgery for droop, which I needed also. From the first appointment, he spent plenty of time with me explaining and answering all my questions (even by phone and email as surgery neared). The results are amazing! Scar lines are clean and fading quickly (7 weeks post-surgery now), peripheral vision better and so much more light! The bonus is a much younger look. Highly recommend Dr. Pearce and the team at his surgery center also.


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How Much Does an Upper Eyelid Lift Cost?

The price of an upper blepharoplasty can vary from one patient to the next depending on the exact surgical techniques used and whether it is combined with a lower blepharoplasty or another procedure. All costs associated with your upper eyelid lift will be reviewed with you once your customized treatment plan has been created.

An upper blepharoplasty might be covered by health insurance if the procedure is done to address obscured vision. Please speak with your insurance carrier for more details.

Learn More About the Upper Eyelid Lift

Our surgeons at Michigan Oculofacial Specialists can provide you with an upper eyelid lift in Detroit, MI, for beautiful and rejuvenated eyes. If you want to learn more about the surgery, contact our office to schedule an informative consultation.

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