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. At Michigan Oculofacial Specialists in Detroit, 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.

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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 of 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 ask 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 ensure the best possible outcome.

How to Prepare for Upper Blepharoplasty

To experience a smooth and quick recovery, you will need to request time off work for three to seven days. Freeing up your schedule will give you enough time to rest properly.

Secure your transportation for the day of your upper blepharoplasty.

Arrange a comfortable sleeping area with enough pillows to help you sleep in the correct position.

Prepare your meals ahead to avoid running errands during the recovery period. Having a week of balanced and nutritious meals ready can help you get enough protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to aid in your recovery.

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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.

Recovery and Healing

Surgeon applies a bandage to the female patient's eyelids after surgery
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. 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. Eye drops can be used to address this issue.

You will need to protect your eyelids from sunlight and wind during early post-op.

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


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 surgical techniques required to achieve your desired outcome and whether you combine the surgery with lower blepharoplasty or other facial plastic surgery. All costs associated with your upper eyelid lift will be reviewed with you once your customized treatment plan has been created.

Is an Upper Eyelid Lift Procedure Covered by Insurance?

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be covered by insurance if the procedure is done to address obscured vision.

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 in Detroit for beautiful and rejuvenated eyelids. If you’re interested in learning more about the surgery, contact our office to schedule your informative consultation. Our skilled team will guide you throughout the entire process and address any questions or concerns you have along the way.

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