Upper Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty Eyelid rejuvenationUpper Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-roe-plas-tee) is an in-office surgery that removes excess skin from the eyelids, an eyelid rejuvenation. With age, eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess skin and fat can gather above and below your eyelids. This can cause sagging eyebrows and droopy upper lids.

Besides aging, severely sagging skin around the eyes can reduce side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer parts of the visual field. Blepharoplasty can reduce or get rid of these vision problems. The surgery can also make eyes look younger and more alert.

Tired of looking tired? Time for an eye rejuvenation and Blepharoplasty!

Why choose Upper Blepharoplasty or eyelid rejuvenation?

Blepharoplasty or eye rejuvenation might be an option for:

  • Baggy or droopy upper eyelids
  • Excess skin of the upper eyelids that partially blocks peripheral vision
  • Excess skin on the lower eyelids

What to expect from Blepharoplasty or eye rejuvenation surgery

Before the procedure

Upper Blepharoplasty is done in an outpatient setting. You will be given drugs such as injections into the eyelids to numb them and could be given drugs before the surgery to help you relax.

During the procedure

For upper eyelids, the surgeon cuts along the fold of the eyelid. The surgeon removes some excess skin, muscle and possibly fat. Then the surgeon closes the cut.

If your upper eyelid droops close to your pupil, your surgeon may do blepharoplasty combined with a procedure called ptosis (TOE-sis). Ptosis is designed to lift the eyelid as well as remove excess eyelid skin.

After the procedure

After surgery you spend time in a recovery room where staff members monitor you for complications. You can leave later that day to heal at home.

After surgery you might temporarily have:

  • Blurred vision from the lubricating ointment applied to your eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision
  • Puffy, numb eyelids
  • Swelling and bruising similar to having black eyes
  • Pain or discomfort

Take the following steps to help you recover from surgery unless your surgeon gives you different instructions.


  • Use ice packs on your eyes for 10 minutes every hour the night after surgery. The following day, use ice packs on your eyes 4 to 5 times throughout the day.
  • Use prescribed eye drops or ointments.
  • Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest for a few days.
  • Apply cool compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Wear dark sunglasses to protect the skin of your eyelids from sun and wind.
  • If needed, use acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) to control pain.


  • Do anything strenuous for a week — no heavy lifting, swimming, jogging or aerobics.
  • Smoke.
  • Rub your eyes.
  • Wear contact lenses for about two weeks.
  • Take aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, and others), naproxen sodium (Aleve), naproxen (Naprosyn), and other drugs or herbal supplements that can increase bleeding.

Results from eye rejuvenation

Many people who have blepharoplasty say they feel more self-confident and feel they look younger and more rested. For some people, surgery results may last a lifetime. For others, droopy eyelids can recur.

Bruising and swelling generally lessen slowly in about 10 to 14 days. Scars from the surgical cuts may take months to fade. Take care to protect your delicate eyelid skin from sun exposure.

Q & A for Upper Blepharoplasty

The results of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) are generally long lasting. It’s not uncommon for the longevity of results to vary slightly between patients, but you can expect the results of upper eyelid surgery to last about 5 to 7 years. As this is typically a result of aging, the results will be affected in the future as additional aging occurs.
Patients who have undergone upper lid surgery will usually be able to go back after 7-10 days. The recovery time is a little longer for lower lid surgery, with time off work increasing to 10-14 days.

Consultation time! we always recommend a through consultation to discuss all treatment options.

  • Pro: You’ll look natural—like you, only younger.
  • Con: You may require supplementary surgery.
  • Pro: Recovery is relatively easy. In office procedure

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