Upper Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid Surgery)
in McLean, VA
What is Upper Blepharoplasty?
Upper blepharoplasty is the removal of the redundant fat and skin from the upper eyelids. The upper eyelids accumulate excess skin and may manifest fat pockets and protrusion as the years pass by. In some individuals, this naturally occurring phenomenon related to aging can create a tired appearance or even partially obstruct someone’s vision. It is important to evaluate the patient carefully, as many times a low eyebrow may cause redundant skin of the upper eyelid that resolves completely or partially after a brow lift procedure is performed.
Am I a Candidate for Upper Blepharoplasty?
If you feel that your upper eyelids have a lot of excess skin or feel heavy, then you are probably a candidate for an upper blepharoplasty. Patients who have dry eyes and other eye problems should communicate this to our team before the procedure. Dr. Mardirossian will make sure to help you achieve your goals while maintaining your visual health.
How is an Upper Blepharoplasty Performed?
This procedure can be performed either under local anesthesia or under twilight sleep. It can often be performed in combination with other procedures such as a facelift and neck lift. The amount of excess skin to be removed from the upper eyelids is measured and marked. The incision should be planned in a way to allow the final closure to fall in a natural crease of the upper eyelid.
After a local anesthetic is injected, the excess skin is removed. Through that incision, the undesired fat and the redundant muscle of the upper eyelid can be teased out and reduced or removed. If performed correctly, there is minimal bleeding throughout the procedure. The wound is then closed with self-absorbing sutures that do not need to be removed. The fat removed from the upper eyelid can then be used as grafting material to improve the appearance of the tear troughs under the eyes.
Through the upper eyelid incision, we can also tighten the lower eyelids. Despite being performed through a fine hidden incision, upper blepharoplasty involves manipulation of deep tissues near your eye. To avoid unnecessary risks, make sure you trust your face to an expert in the field like Dr. Mardirossian when considering this procedure.
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What is Recovery Like After Upper Blepharoplasty?
Swelling generally lasts one to two weeks. You may be advised to use ice for three to seven days following your procedure to allow for proper wound healing. Before you leave, you will be given instructions on when to follow up and how to properly care for the incision sites. Most of our patients go back to their everyday activities three to four days after the procedure. Strenuous physical activity can be resumed after two to three weeks.
“Have had fillers from many plastic surgeons, but when I finally decided to have face lift and lower eyelid surgery, I chose Dr. M. From my first visit I felt comfortable and unique as a patient. Dr. M listened to my objectives and concerns before, the morning of, and after the surgery. Best of all, just 10 days post surgery, I am already happy with the results!”
– Jules M.
How Long Will My Upper Blepharoplasty Results Last?
Once the excess upper eyelid skin and fat are removed, they do not return; therefore, the results are permanent. Patients find this procedure appealing because of its positive effect on their vision and the decreased sensation of fatigue that many experience prior to the procedure.
Contact Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics today to schedule a consultation with Vartan Mardirossian, M.D., F.A.C.S., to see if this procedure is the right solution for you. We offer upper blepharoplasty to patients in Virginia including McLean, Falls Church, Tysons, Arlington plus the Washington DC area.