What is upper blepharoplasty?

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty, or an upper lid lift, removes loose or excess skin from the upper eyelids to dramatically restore a brighter, more youthful appearance. Ideal results leave patients looking less tired and more refreshed. 

While a facelift can definitely restore youthful contours, it’s amazing what an upper eyelid blepharoplasty can do to refresh your appearance — and it’s less expensive and less invasive. 

What can an upper eyelid blepharoplasty do?

Upper blepharoplasty is one of the most common surgeries at W Cosmetic Surgery®. It’s a cosmetic procedure that: 

  • Removes sagging excess skin
  • Addresses puffs that form in the inner and outer corners of the upper eyelids close to the nose
  • Repositions a droopy lid
  • Lifts lashes

In women, an upper blepharoplasty procedure also can reform and make the upper eyelid crease more symmetrical. In severe cases, the operation can improve vision by eliminating the weight of the drooping skin.   

Upper Blepharoplasty Before & After With W Cosmetic Surgery
Upper Blepharoplasty Before & After With W Cosmetic Surgery

Am I a good candidate for upper blepharoplasty?

If you experience one of the following and would like to achieve a rejuvenated, younger appearance, you may be a candidate for upper blepharoplasty: 

  • Sagging, excess skin on the upper eyelid
  • Heavy feeling on the upper eyelid
  • A “hooded” look because of the extra skin

What does the procedure look like?

After cleaning the skin, the ideal eyelid crease is drawn by asking you to open and close your eyes. We compare both sides for symmetry using a microcaliper. We address asymmetries as well—sometimes there is more excess on one side than another. We decide how much to remove at that time to assure us that there won’t be any issues with the eye closing after healing.

We use a blunt cannula to administer long-acting local anesthesia to minimize discomfort and bruising.

No scalpel (knife) is used for surgery—either a light-based energy device (laser) or a radiofrequency energy device (Renuvion) is used to create the incisions more precisely.

Fat is removed, sagging glands are repositioned, and if necessary, the eyelid muscles are tightened. The skin is then closed with sutures. You leave the procedure either with ice packs or with a pressure-based device that markedly diminishes bruising.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty recovery

Bruising is possible with this procedure, but we have in-office treatments that speed up their resolution. Most patients are back to work, exercise, and social activities within a week to nine days.

Sutures are either absorbable—they don’t need to come out and fall out on their own—or we remove them within a week.

Why choose Dr. Wulc for your upper blepharoplasty

We have performed thousands of these surgeries safely at W Cosmetic Surgery®. Dr. Allan Wulc is Boarded in Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery and has fellowship training and certification in the specialty of eye and facial plastic surgery.

In addition to his years of experience performing these procedures, Dr. Wulc has authored several chapters on the the art and technique of cosmetic blepharoplasty.   We understand the subtleties of the surgery and strive to deliver outstanding results that are customized to each patient.

Upper Lid Blepharoplasty FAQ

How long does an upper blepharoplasty last?

Typically, upper eyelid blepharoplasty can last five to seven years, but for many, results can last a lifetime.

Are there any risks?

Specific risks of the surgery include under-correction or overcorrection, abnormalities of the lid crease or contour, bleeding behind the eye, and permanent blindness. 

Can I combine my surgery with other treatments?

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be a great addition to other treatments such as lower blepharoplasty, a brow lift, or an entire customized facial rejuvenation. Speak with Dr. Wulc to determine what your best course of action is to achieve your desired results while still looking natural. In a consultation regarding upper blepharoplasty, our goal is to provide you with the best possible treatment options to enhance your appearance–and your confidence.

Sign up for a consultation with Dr. Allan Wulc

A consultation with Dr. Wulc in our Philadelphia office will answer all of your questions as Dr. Wulc carefully assesses your medical history, cosmetic goals, and what procedures will work best with your facial structure. 

Schedule a consultation to learn more about upper lid blepharoplasty and how patients leave Dr. Wulc looking and feeling like natural, younger, more radiant versions of themselves.

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