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Upper Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery / Eye Lift) Philadelphia, PA
What is Upper Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery / Eye Lift)?
Upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery / eye lift) at Chandler Cosmetic Surgery in Jenkintown, Philadelphia, PA and Moorestown, South Jersey, NJ, is the surgical removal of excess tissues and sculpting of the upper eyelid and eyebrow.
Heavy excess tissues of the upper eyelids form with the normal aging process. Eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, is the best way to help rejuvenate and refresh aging eyelids. If you are interested in eyelid surgery, contact Dr. Chandler today to schedule a consultation.
How Does Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Help Droopy Eyelids?
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty, sometimes referred to as an “eyelid lift” or “eye lift surgery,” rejuvenates the upper eyelid area, makes the eyes more alert, and takes weight off the eyelids. There are many aspects of this surgery to discuss with your surgeon, and it is important to realize that any actual “droopy” eyelid would require repair of a muscle weakness known as ptosis. Ptosis surgery is sometimes performed in addition to the blepharoplasty portion of the eyelift procedure.
After upper eyelid blepharoplasty, patients often describe feeling like “a weight was taken off the eyelids” and that their “eyes feel more open.” Women who like wearing makeup love that they can again use mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow — makeup that is very challenging or impossible to apply with the excess baggy eyelid skin before surgery.
Men like that their eyelids become less worn-out, less tired looking, making them feel and look refreshed. No amount of fitness or weight lifting routines can help make aging eyelids look more youthful. Both men and women are excited that their photographs and selfies are improved, and they feel more confident about their appearance, especially on social media.
What is the Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Procedure?
Upper blepharoplasty can be performed in the office or at an outpatient surgical center and usually takes about an hour to perform. Recovery is fairly rapid and downtime is usually just a few days. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is an excellent procedure and patients typically love the results.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is the surgical removal of excess tissues of the upper eyelid along with the sculpting and contouring of the eyelid and eyebrow region to give a beautiful refreshed result. Incisions are made in the crease of the upper eyelid so that they are hidden. Botox or Dysport may be used to enhance the result.
Who is a Good Candidate for Upper Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Surgery?
Many people over the age of 40 could benefit from upper blepharoplasty, as aging changes in the upper eyelids is almost universal. People feel that this procedure makes them look more alert, removes any hooding in the upper eyelids, and makes their eyes and their entire face look younger and rejuvenated. Younger patients with good skin tone can expect particularly excellent results.
Are There Limitations to What Upper Blepharoplasty Can Achieve?
This is a very successful, satisfying procedure for our patients. The only real limitations are if your sagging eyelids are caused more by relaxation of the forehead skin and the eyebrow, rather than the eyelids themselves. In these cases, a brow lift may be a better procedure. Dr. Chandler is also expert in minimally invasive Endoscopic Brow Lift.
How Long Do the Eye Lift Surgery Results Last?
Surgical repair of sagging or drooping eyelids, known as blepharoplasty, typically lasts 8-10 years but may last much longer. Every person ages differently and every face is different. Dr. Chandler is an expert in cosmetic eyelid surgery and designs a surgical plan based on each person’s face to give an individualized result.
How Much Does a Blepharoplasty Cost?
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty costs are not uniform – each patient that Dr. Chandler sees is given an individualized plan that is best for him or her. Typically, upper eyelid surgery can be performed in the office, saving the cost of the surgical center facility and anesthesia fees.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty costs can vary, but typically a range of $5000-$6000 is expected for eyelid surgery in the hands of an expert that is designing a custom based cosmetic surgical plan. During an in-person consultation with Dr. Chandler and his cosmetic coordinator, costs can be reviewed for your proposed surgery. Financing is available for those that are interested and qualify. The cost of a blepharoplasty is an investment in yourself, in your appearance, and typically results are beautiful and can be enjoyed for years to come.
Where are the Incisions and Scars with Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Chandler makes the incisions in the natural crease of the upper eyelids. This effectively makes the scars nearly invisible, as they are hidden in these natural creases. Dr. Chandler will discuss proper care of the incisions in detail with you.
What is the Recovery Like After an Upper Eyelid Surgery?
Recovery after upper eyelid blepharoplasty is typically mild and rapid. Immediately after surgery, Dr. Chandler requests that you rest in a partially reclining position with cool ice compresses applied to the eyelid region on and off every 30 minutes for 24 hours. You are allowed to get up, to eat, go to the bathroom, etc., but resting for the first day is best for reducing swelling and allowing healing to occur. Dr. Chandler will provide you with a prescription for a special ointment to apply to the incisions that are safe for use around the eye area. It usually takes about a week or so for the bruising under the eye area to resolve. Full healing from eyelid surgery takes 6 months to 1 year, but most patients look very excellent about 6 weeks after upper eyelid blepharoplasty.
How Much Recovery Time is Expected for an Upper Blepharoplasty?
Recovery from upper eyelid surgery is not difficult. After your surgery with Dr. Chandler, you will return home and your eyelids will be covered with light gauze. We ask that you apply cool ice compresses on and off every 30 minutes for the next 24 hours. If you’re diligent with the compress, you can minimize bruising and swelling. Pain is not acute, and it is manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.
Dr. Chandler usually removes your stitches in about one week. At this point, your eyes will be improving, and this is the majority of any recovery you need to plan for. You may have some light swelling at times moving forward, and under eye bruising can take about 10 days to resolve. Under eye bruising can be covered with make-up if desired. Most patients can return to work within 72 hours.
When Can I Begin Exercising After Eyelid Surgery?
After just a few days you can walk and do some light exercise, but you need to avoid anything strenuous for your first week, especially heavy lifting or anything that increases blood pressure to the face. Most patients can return to their regular exercise regimen in 2-3 weeks, but Dr. Chandler will discuss this with you because different patients heal at different rates.
What are the Risks with Upper Blepharoplasty?
Upper eyelid surgery is still that…surgery. As such, there are the potential risks and complications of any surgery: infection, bleeding, and poor wound healing. There can be some eyelid specific complications such as dry eye and problems closing an eyelid, but these are very rare.
This is where Dr. Chandler’s focus and expertise are important. His practice specializes in eyelid, cheek and forehead surgery, and he has extensive experience with the anatomy, muscular structure, and the best methods for rejuvenating the eyes safely.
If you are in need of a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) in Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Main Line, Lower Merion Township, Radnor Township, Gladwyne, Villanova, PA, South Jersey, Cherry Hill or Moorestown, NJ, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chandler and his plastic surgery team by filling out our Contact Form.