As we age, the upper eyelids tend to sag. The aging changes may be environmental or hereditary in nature and often reflect similar skin changes throughout the face. The connections between the eyelid skin and underlying muscle will frequently weaken, and the fat that normally sits well within the eye socket during youth will often prolapse forward into the eyelid.
Sometimes the problem is related to the underlying eyelid muscles, which either weaken or detach from the eyelids themselves. This frequently contributes to a fatigued appearance. Often times the problem is more related to the weakening of muscles in the forehead and brow area with consequent drooping of upper eyelid skin—potentially to a degree that one’s range of vision is partially, or even significantly, blocked.
Fortunately, women and men experiencing cosmetic and/or structural concerns pertaining to the upper eyelids often have an effective solution in the form of upper blepharoplasty.
- What Is Upper Blepharoplasty?
- Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure
- Upper Blepharoplasty Recovery
- Cost of Upper Blepharoplasty
What Is Upper Blepharoplasty?
Upper blepharoplasty, also known as upper eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, is a popular procedure performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes for a refreshed, more expressive look. Based on your unique needs and aesthetic goals, Dr. Albert Cytryn can customize treatment to:
- Remove excess, sagging skin
- Reduce and/or sculpt displaced fat
- Smooth lines and creases in the upper lids
In addition to achieving a more youthful appearance via these enhancements, upper eyelid surgery can also be beneficial from a functional standpoint—for individuals with severe eyelid drooping (ptosis), the removal of sagging skin can create a greater range of vision that was previously obstructed by excess tissue.
What Does the Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure Entail?
Most often performed under light intravenous sedation, upper eyelid surgery generally takes less than one hour to complete, depending on the complexity of treatment and whether or not it is combined with lower blepharoplasty.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Cytryn will make tiny incisions strategically located in the natural creases of the upper eyelid so as to minimize the potential visibility of post-operative scarring. Next, he will carefully excise redundant skin as well as remove and/or re-contour fatty tissue throughout the lid—always taking great care to not “over correct” any issue, which can lead to an unnatural appearance. If needed, he will also strengthen or reattach loose upper eyelid muscles, restoring them to their proper positions. Lastly, Dr. Cytryn will gently smooth out and suture the remaining skin, yielding an improved overall aesthetic.
In addition to lower eyelid surgery, upper blepharoplasty can also be combined with a facelift, brow lift, and/or various other procedures to achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
What Is Recovery from Upper Blepharoplasty Like?
Recovery from upper eyelid surgery will vary from patient to patient, but you can most likely expect to return to an office job and non-strenuous daily activities within seven to ten days after surgery. Some degree of bruising and/or swelling may be present initially, though these symptoms should resolve relatively quickly when post-operative instructions are followed closely. A significant level of pain is rare, but any discomfort experienced can generally be alleviated with medication. To help ensure optimal healing, Dr. Cytryn typically recommends that you avoid vigorous exercise, contact sports, and any other strenuous physical activities for at least two to three weeks, after which all restrictions are usually lifted.
I first met Dr, Cytryn 10 years ago when he operated on my eyelids and eyebrows. They still look terrific even after all these years, and I remember him as being simply wonderful and a pleasure to work with. My sister recently had eyelid and facelift sugery in Baltimore and ended up with horrible complications. My sister was eventually referred to Dr. Cytryn, and her internist told her that he is widely known as the doctor to repair problems such as hers. I was thrilled to have her working with Dr. Cytryn and he did an amazing job with her surgery. She looks amazing.
What Does Upper Blepharoplasty Cost?
At Cytryn Cosmetic Surgery, the average cost of upper blepharoplasty is typically between $2,400–$3,000, though exact pricing may fall outside of this range based on factors such as how much skin and fat removal is needed and the degree—if any—of muscular correction required. If you are combining your treatment with lower blepharoplasty and/or other aesthetic procedures, you can expect the total cost to be a bit higher, but not as expensive as receiving each treatment separately would be.
To obtain a personalized price quote for upper eyelid surgery, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cytryn. During this in-person meeting, he can evaluate your unique needs and goals, providing a cost estimate based on the specifics of a custom-tailored treatment plan.
Contact Cytryn Cosmetic Surgery
To learn more about upper blepharoplasty, or if you would like to book a consultation with our experienced oculoplastic surgeon, please don’t hesitate to contact Cytryn Cosmetic Surgery today.