Your eyes are the focal point in your overall appearance. As you age, your eyelids may start to loosen and sag, giving you a tired or even angry appearance. The excess skin on your upper eyelids may hang over your eyelid margin, cover your eyelashes, block your peripheral vision, and hinder eye makeup application.
Upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can provide dramatic results, as well as improve your peripheral vision. Many patients report that they look more ‘awake’ and refreshed after undergoing this procedure.
As with other cosmetic procedures, upper eyelid surgery is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal.
Dr. Dawes performs upper eyelid surgery on an outpatient basis either alone, or in conjunction with lower eyelid surgery. If drooping eyelids disturb your vision, your healthcare provider may cover the procedure.
Upper eyelid surgery involves removal of excess skin and herniating fat from the upper eyelids. An incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, so that the small scar remains hidden. Dr. Dawes may also perform fat transfer to the ‘hollowed-out’ areas around your eyes, if indicated, to help restore a more youthful appearance.
Recovery time is about one to two weeks. Final results appear within several weeks, though incision lines may take up to a year to refine fully. Certain conditions may be permanently corrected with lower eyelid surgery; however, natural aging will continue. Continual sun protection will help maintain your final results.