Table of Contents
WHAT IS UPPER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Blepharoplasty is the medical term that describes an eye-lift. Upper blepharoplasty is the surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the upper eyelids by tightening skin, correcting the level of droopy eyelids or removing excess skin.
Eyelid surgery is the most common facial cosmetic surgery after face lift. Eyelid appearance is important in defining the overall appearance of the face. Rejuvenation of the upper eyelids may improve the appearance of the whole face and make someone feel younger and rejuvenated. In many instances the procedure may increase the amount of light entering the eye and improve quality of vision.
The arch of a woman’s eyebrow, the contour of the lid, the height of the eyelid fold, and the angle of the eye are only a few of the aesthetic considerations that must be evaluated when performing eyelifts for women. Dr. Glavas thoroughly discusses his findings with each patient. Every procedure is customized for each patient, because no two patients are exactly alike.
HOW MANY TYPES OF PROCEDURE EXIST?
Taking into consideration all the above anatomic characteristics and the goals of the patient Dr. Glavas may perform the procedure using Laser or Radiofrequency or simply using a traditional “cold knife” technique. Carbon Dioxide laser is a great tool to minimize postoperative bruising and reduce the recovery time but may not be appropriate for darker skin types or patients with delayed healing.
AM I CANDIDATE FOR PROCEDURE?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions you may be a candidate for upper blepharoplasty. Droopy eyebrows may contribute to the overall appearance of excessive upper lid skin.
HOW IS THE PROCEDURE DONE?
The procedure may be performed in the office, hospital or ambulatory surgery center. Preoperative measurements are performed by Dr. Glavas to outline the amount of skin to be removed. This is one of the most important steps of the procedure to avoid postoperative complications such as inability to close the eyes. In general the procedure is performed through a small incision along the upper lid fold. Dr. Glavas will use a combination of technologies and methods to give you the most natural and rejuvenating result with the least downtime. Use of technologies such as laser for incisions and smoothing of the eyelid wrinkles, or radio-frequency will minimize bleeding and reduce recovery time. Special postoperative measures and use of products are recommended to enhance the result and speed recovery.
CAN I HAVE OTHER PROCEDURES AT THE SAME TIME?
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
“I’m very happy with the results of my blepharoplasty and I am telling everyone about it. You did a great job in making me look younger and lively. The best part is that I have no scars. As a person who has had surgery in the past, this was a piece of cake. I would do it over if I had to. You are knowledgeable, yet not pretentious. You are kind and friendly. Thanks again.”
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY TIME (DOWNTIME)?
The eyes are not patched after surgery and your vision is unaffected. The average recovery time is about one week for the swelling and bruising to resolve. Many of Dr. Glavas’ patients are able to continue their daily activities the day after the procedure. Strenuous activities such as lifting heavy weights are not recommended for the immediate postoperative period. Dr. Glavas can make your decision easier by going over with you the list of activities you may resume the day after surgery.