Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
What is Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is the medical name for eyelid surgery. There are several different types of Blepharoplasty, depending on what needs to be corrected. Full upper eyelids, referred to as dermatochalasis or sometimes blepharochalasis, can make you look tired and older than you are.
Eyelid surgery is straightforward and almost immediately restores a youthful appearance that will accentuate your eyes. The results are usually very natural-looking so that your friends and family are likely to only notice that you look more relaxed or rested.
Who is a good candidate for Upper Blepharoplasty?
If your upper eyelids are drooping, puffy, or have excessive skin, you might be a good candidate for Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty in St. Louis. If your upper eyelids are causing problems due to visual obstruction, you may be a candidate for Functional Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty, which is covered by health insurance.
When you arrive to your consultation, you will need to provide a medical history as well as your history of taking medications. It is important for us to know about any major illnesses. Also, some medications may be off limits for a week prior to eyelid surgery.
Dr. Holds will ask you about what aspect of your eyelids bothers you and will discuss how this may relate to aging changes. Eyebrow position is particularly important in relation to upper eyelid surgery. During the consultation, Dr. Holds will discuss your surgical goals, what is attainable, and will create a plan specifically for you. It is important to have realistic expectations and a mutual understanding of goals.
Dr. Holds will also perform an examination to look at any eye conditions such as dry eye. Certain eye conditions may limit or alter the surgical plan. As a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Holds is highly knowledgable of eye diseases and concerns. Some of the best facial and cosmetic surgeons in the St. Louis area refer patients to Dr. Holds.
Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure
Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular surgeries that cosmetic surgeons perform. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. A sedative will help you relax or perhaps even sleep during the surgery. You generally experience no significant pain. For patients having concurrent bigger procedures, Dr. Holds may give a short general anesthetic.
The incision is made in the crease of your upper eyelid so that the small scar is hidden. Depending on what is causing the drooping of the lids, fat pockets or excess skin are removed to create a normal, symmetrical lid. Of course, Dr. Holds and his associates are careful to optimize symmetry to make sure that your eyes match as closely as possible after surgery.
Sometimes, Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty is performed at the same time as additional procedures to enhance the beauty of other parts of the face. For example, you may want to improve the appearance of your lower lids as well. In that case, see Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty for more information. If the drooping lid is the result of a weakened muscle in the eyelid, called Ptosis, you may need Ptosis Repair surgery.
Upper Blepharoplasty Before and After
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Recovery from Upper Eyelid Surgery
After Upper Eyelid Surgery, you will need to have someone available to drive you home because you were sedated. Your sutures will be removed after 6-8 days, although dissolving sutures are used in some situations. Some bruising, swelling, and soreness may develop after the anesthetic wears off. You can take pain medication, if necessary. You will be asked to sleep with your head elevated and apply ice packs to your eyes periodically to keep inflammation down. Dr. Holds may give you eye drops or ointments to apply for one to two weeks.
The bruising usually lasts no more than two weeks, but sometimes, it can last a bit longer. You should be able to return to work after a week to ten days, at which time you can cover any remaining bruises with makeup.