Patients who are struggling with excess eyelid skin that results in a tired or upset appearance can look to upper blepharoplasty for relief. 

While we don’t think about them often, the eyelids play a major role in defining our aesthetic. Unfortunately, they are susceptible to the natural aging process that affects any other part of the body. Over time, this process leads to unwanted changes in skin tone, texture, and elasticity. For some people, it can even have a profound effect on the muscles of the eyelids. 

Upper eyelid surgery, otherwise known as upper blepharoplasty, can address these concerns and restore youthfulness to the eyelids. 

What is upper eyelid surgery?

Issues in the upper eyelids, such as drooping skin, loose musculature, or excess fat can all be addressed with an upper blepharoplasty procedure. As the name suggests, this treatment focuses entirely on the upper eyelids, removing excess skin that hangs over the eyes and distorts the natural contours of the eye region. In extreme cases, patients can develop a condition known as ptosis, where the entire eyelid margin droops down significantly. Upper blepharoplasty is an effective solution for this condition as well. 

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What signs indicate that one needs upper eyelid surgery?

  • Sagging, puffiness, or wrinkling around the eyes
  • Folds around the eye region
  • Droopy eyelids, characterized by excess fat
  • Fatty deposits that cause puffiness
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Loose skin that creates folds in the upper eyelids 

Who is an ideal candidate for upper eyelid surgery? 

Good candidates for upper eyelid surgery are typically individuals who are in good health and have realistic expectations. Most are 35 years or older, but if baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have the surgery done sooner. Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and help build your confidence; however, it may not result in your ideal look or alter your facial structure. Before you decide to have surgery, think about your goals and be prepared to discuss them with Dr. Sean Paul.

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What are the benefits of upper eyelid surgery?

Patients who undergo upper eyelid surgery can achieve:

  • A more youthful aesthetic
  • A more energized appearance
  • A huge boost in self-confidence
  • Fewer forehead lines 
  • Corrected vision issues
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal scars
  • Fewer misunderstandings due to confusing facial expressions 
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What does the procedure entail?

Upper eyelid surgery usually involves making minimal incisions to remove any unwanted fat from the upper eyelids. That said, there is no ‘one’ technique that can be applied to every patient. During the private consultation, Dr. Paul performs a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition to determine the best course of action for the patient.

An upper eyelid procedure can be performed with either local or general anesthesia. The first step involves identifying the creases on each upper eyelid. A treatment plan can then be created that addresses the issue in the eyes but also leaves enough tissue for proper eyelid function. In some cases, a small portion of the orbicularis oculi (the muscle that controls eyelid movement) needs to be removed. However, this is totally safe.

After the treatment is completed, the incisions are closed with sutures. All incisions are made in the creases of the eyelids, making them less noticeable to others.

What is the recovery process like?

As an outpatient procedure, patients can return home immediately following their upper blepharoplasty procedure. The treatment almost always involves anesthesia, meaning that patients will need to arrange for someone to give them a ride home and ideally help them around the house for the first few days. Patients should rest as much as possible during the first few weeks and keep their heads elevated, both while awake and sleeping. 

It is normal for patients to develop side effects such as swelling and bruising. These effects can temporarily obstruct the patient’s vision, but they will gradually fade away over the course of a few weeks. Most patients are able to get back to their normal routines within 10 days of the procedure. That said, patients must make sure to avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for at least two weeks.

While the results from this treatment are considered to be incredibly long-lasting, patients may need repeat treatments over time as the aging process progresses. 

Providers who perform Functional Upper Eyelid Surgery at Austin Face & Body

Dr. Sean Paul

Dr. Sean Paul is the founder of Austin Face & Body. As a widely published surgeon who has traveled all over the world to speak, Dr. Paul is renowned and highly regarded in his industry. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial plastic surgery in Austin, and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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Why choose Dr. Paul?

Founder of Austin Face & Body, Dr. Sean Paul has been proudly serving the greater Austin area for years. He is highly regarded in his field and has spoken at various conferences around the world on his experience and expertise. Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, his specialty is both cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial plastic surgery. 

Beyond his lengthy educational and training background, Dr. Paul is renowned for being highly invested in his patients’ well-being. He works with them every step of the way to ensure that they feel comfortable and positive about the treatment process. He strives to ensure that everyone leaves his office looking and feeling their best. 

Reach out to us today to schedule a private consultation. 

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