Blepharoplasty: Upper Eyelid Surgery

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what is blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?

Our eyes are the window to our soul, and often one of the first places to reveal signs of aging. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, becoming loose and less supple. Around the eyes, crow’s feet and excess skin in the upper eyelids reveal this aging process, contributing to a tired and worn out appearance. Fortunately, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive and extremely effective method to restore a more youthful and rested look. Because the upper and lower eyelids, eyebrows and midface all play a role in the overall aesthetics of the face, all of these need to be considered when considering an upper eyelid blepharoplasty.

What can blepharoplasty help correct?

In extreme cases of excessive skin in the upper eyelid, a “hooding” effect of skin hanging over the eyelashes may obstruct peripheral vision. Patients notice improvement in their ability to see peripherally, feel less fatigue and appear more alert.

Will there be scarring after my eyelid surgery?

Eyelid tissue tends to heal very well with little scarring. Since the incision is made in the crease of the eyelid, any residual scar is naturally hidden. Your friends and coworkers will comment how refreshed and great you look without even knowing you had surgery performed!

Does my insurance cover blepharoplasty?

Most often, an upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance.

do you use Anesthesia during treatment?

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is normally performed on an outpatient basis under a local anesthesia with sedation. This type of anesthesia is also known as Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) and is performed by an anesthesiologist. Benefits of a MAC include: greater comfort, fast recovery, much lower risk of nausea after surgery and does not require intubation.

Recovery from eyelid surgery

This surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so you will go home the same day. There is minimal pain after the procedure, although some discomfort is normal. Temporary blurred vision is normal and should subside within the first 24 hours. Ice packs are recommended for the first two days while bending and heavy lifting should be minimized. Swelling and bruising around to eyes lasts for seven to ten days. Most patients can return to work after one week. Your physician will also provide detailed post surgical instructions.


If you would like more information on the upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedure, contact one of our Michigan offices today! Call 248-357-5100 to schedule a consultation with one of our facial plastic surgeons.

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