An eyelid lift, known clinically as blepharoplasty, brightens and refreshes the eye area by addressing excess skin and fat in the upper and lower eyelids. Patients can choose to have surgery on either lid or both, depending on their preferences and needs. Learn more about this procedure and when you should get an upper blepharoplasty below.
What Is an Upper Blepharoplasty?
An upper blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes protruding fat and loose, sagging skin from the upper eyelids. This procedure may be performed for cosmetic or medical purposes. The sole purpose of a cosmetic blepharoplasty is to improve one’s appearance, while a functional blepharoplasty is performed to improve vision. If loose skin and droopy eyelids contribute to vision problems, your insurance will likely cover the cost of your procedure.
When Should You Get an Upper Blepharoplasty?
Many patients choose to get an upper blepharoplasty when their upper eyelid skin begins to sag, leading to vision impairment. As you age, the skin stretches and your brows can look heavier, which can contribute to a tired, aged appearance. While this may not have a functional impact on their vision, patients often pursue an upper eyelid lift for cosmetic reasons, including smoothing away fat bulges.
If under-eye bags and puffiness are also a concern, upper blepharoplasty is commonly performed with lower eyelid surgery as well. To further rejuvenate the face, patients frequently pair their blepharoplasties with a facelift or brow lift.
Who Are The Best Candidates for a Blepharoplasty?
People who are in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be accomplished with the surgery are the best blepharoplasty candidates. The surgery is most common in men and women over 40 years old, though younger and older adults can still benefit from this procedure. If you are getting a blepharoplasty done for cosmetic reasons, then it is important to remember that the aging process will continue.
While your results will not be permanent, the results can potentially last up to 10 years. Your overall health will also affect how long the results of the procedure will last.
Recovering From a Blepharoplasty
You may experience some mild to moderate discomfort and bruising after your surgery. This is normal and will likely subside within a few days of your surgery. It is important to follow all of the instructions given by your doctor to ensure that you recover properly and do not suffer any complications from the surgery. Learn more about blepharoplasty recovery from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
What To Do If You Are Interested in Getting a Blepharoplasty
If you are interested in getting a blepharoplasty on the upper and/or lower eyelids, then contact Youthful Reflections to discuss your options during a complimentary consultation. We will discuss your goals and determine whether eyelid surgery or a nonsurgical intervention may be best for you.