The eyes are an important focal point in the face and significantly impact the appearance of the face. As we age, the skin in our upper eyelid loosens which can cause hooding over the eyes and the appearance of smaller eyes. During upper blepharoplasty surgery, I remove excess skin and/or fat to open up the eyes and restore their previous youthful and rejuvenated look.
Some women really benefit from this procedure because they are once again able to apply eye shadow to their upper eyelid without it smearing or wiping off. However, both men and women with extra eyelid skin can be great candidates for upper eyelid surgery.
One aspect of upper eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, that is very attractive is that the procedure is very tolerable for patients. In most cases I perform a blepharoplasty in the procedure room in my office. Upper blepharoplasty can be performed very easily under local anesthesia with a modest amount of oral sedation. The procedure can be completed in less than an hour and isn’t a big imposition on the patient’s life. Many patients find it very attractive that performing an upper blepharoplasty does not require going under anesthesia or a trip to the operating room. Certainly, if the patient would prefer to have this procedure done in the operating room that is fully available to my patients.
One of the most common complaints I hear from patients is a tired and weary appearance from under eye bags. Puffiness and excessive under eyelid skin can be reduced with lower blepharoplasty surgery. During surgery, I meticulously remove extra skin or fat underneath the eye to restore the eyes to its more youthful and vigorous appearance. Often times, upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery may be performed together to further enhance the aesthetic result and really make the eyes standout. The recovery time after blepharoplasty surgery is approximately two weeks, but well worth it to patients who have been wanting to improve the look of their eyes for years.
The following will give you some additional information on Blepharoplasty surgery. If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about this procedure, please contact Sistine Plastic Surgery.
No one wants to feel rushed or hurried during a consultation. We allow ample time for all questions to be answered, pictures to be reviewed and goals to be thoroughly discussed. We encourage all patients to take their time when deciding to move forward with surgery. It should not be a rushed process. Patients can come back for more than one discussion in order to feel comfortable and well informed before proceeding with surgery.
Where is Blepharoplasty surgery performed?
Lower blepharoplasty surgery can be performed at St. Clair Hospital, West Penn Hospital or Sewickley Valley Hospital. The hospital where your surgery will take place will depend on your location and the day(s) you are available for surgery. Upper blepharoplasty surgery is performed in our clinical office in the Southside works, conveniently located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
Who is a good candidate for Blepharoplasty surgery?
How long does a lower and upper blepharoplasty procedure last?
Blepharoplasy surgery should last at least 10 years or longer. It is important to remember that we can never stop the aging process. Upper and lower eyelid skin will continue to thin and sag with age. Many patients may think that putting off surgery until they get much older is the best option, but getting surgery at a younger age allows for faster healing and allows you to enjoy the benefits of surgery longer. I will decide if you are currently a good candidate for eyelid surgery during your consultation.