Droopy Eyelids? Why You Should Get an Upper Blepharoplasty

upper blepharoplasty

A blepharoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that targets the eyelids. An upper blepharoplasty focuses on the upper eyelid. As we age, collagen production slows down, and our skin becomes more lax and thin. This leads to sagging and wrinkles, even in the eyelids. An upper blepharoplasty reshapes or rejuvenates the upper eyelid area, lifting the upper eyelid and improving eyesight if the sagging falls over the eyelash area into the field of vision. 

What is an upper blepharoplasty?

An upper blepharoplasty involves your plastic surgeon cutting away a small portion of your upper eyelids in order to get rid of excess skin. The edges are then sewn back together, resulting in a lifted eyelid. 

How long is expected to last an upper blepharoplasty?

Like many other plastic surgeries relating to skin, an upper blepharoplasty can be expected to last about 10-15 years before the patient may desire a touch-up surgery due to further aging of the skin. 

Does an upper blepharoplasty change eye shape? 

Yes and no. It doesn’t exactly change the essential shape of your eyes. If you had almond-shaped eyes before a blepharoplasty, for example, they’ll still be almond-shaped afterwards. However, a blepharoplasty does change the appearance of your eyes. If you have droopy eyelids, it can make you go from looking sleepy to looking more alert, and it can have an effect on your perceived age. It can also change eyelid shape, such as going from having hooded eyes to a shape where the eyelid is more visible. It depends on what you’re getting the blepharoplasty for, but it shouldn’t change the general shape of your eyes. As always, be sure to discuss expectations and desires with your surgeon beforehand.

How long is recovery from upper blepharoplasty?

The timeline for recovery involves several stages. In general, expect to have about 10 days of downtime after your surgery before heading back to work and other routine activities. However, it may take another week or two after that for swelling and bruising to subside. Full results are typically seen between four and six weeks after surgery, when any residual swelling fully resolves, and you can begin to enjoy your new look. If you’re looking to get an upper blepharoplasty done and are located in the Los Angeles or Bakersfield areas, Dr. Fisher is a board-certified, highly experienced plastic surgeon. Check out before and after photos on our site, learn more about the procedure here, and click the “Contact” button to get in touch and schedule a consultation.

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