Blepharoplasty - Eyelid Center of Utah

Upper Blepharoplasty

Our eyelids and the surrounding areas have some of the thinnest skin on the entire human body, so they’re very susceptible to the natural sagging and slackening of support muscles that is a part of aging. Our upper eyelids are particularly prone to aging our eyes, and because of their importance, our overall face.

Dr. Eftekhari is an expert at performing upper eyelid surgery to rejuvenate the eyes and the face.

What is upper eyelid surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery, clinically known as upper blepharoplasty, mainly addresses the sagging that is prevalent in the upper eyelids. Incisions are made to allow for removal of excess skin and to reposition fat. Dr. Eftekhari often repositions fat, rather than removing it. This creates the most natural looking results.

While upper blepharoplasty is usually a cosmetic procedure, sometimes a patient’s sagging is extreme enough that the skin is impacting vision. In these cases, this is called functional upper blepharoplasty, and the procedure is usually covered by insurance.

Who is a good candidate for upper blepharoplasty?

Many patients have issues with sagging skin and loosened muscles on their upper eyelids. This can give you a hooded appearance, and ages your eyes, often beyond your actual years.

Blepharoplasty is one of the rare cosmetic surgeries that is popular with both women and men (the breakdown is about 85 percent female and 15 percent male) because sagging eyelids don’t show any preference by the sex. More and more men are having this surgery to better compete with younger counterparts in the office.

Most people over the age of 40 could benefit from these surgeries with Dr. Eftekhari. Many patients have Dr. Eftekhari perform blepharoplasty on the upper eyelids and lower eyelids in the same procedure, since the downtime for each surgery is the same. Combining both procedures saves patients from having to endure downtime twice and gives the best aesthetic result.

How is upper blepharoplasty performed?

The goal with the upper eyelid is to remove excess skin and fat and, if necessary, improve the field of vision. Dr. Eftekhari makes the incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, which makes the incision scar virtually invisible. Excess skin is removed, fat repositioned or removed, and the underlying muscle tissue tightened.

Dr. Eftekhari’s focus as an eyelid specialist ensures that the rejuvenation he achieves will appear completely natural.

How should I prepare for upper eyelid surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery is minor surgery, so there isn’t a whole lot you need to do to prepare for this procedure. You’ll need to stop taking any blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medication, and most supplements for one week prior to your surgery with Dr. Eftekhari, as these can worsen bruising. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks prior to and following your procedure, as smoking inhibits wound healing.

What will my recovery be like after upper eyelid surgery?

Recovery from upper eyelid surgery is not difficult. After your surgery with Dr. Eftekhari, you will return home and begin cold compress and eye ointment. If you’re diligent with the compress, you can minimize bruising and swelling. Pain is not acute, and it is manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. Your stitches will usually dissolve on their own. At this point, your eyes will look great, and this is the majority of any recovery you need to plan for. You may have some light swelling at times moving forward, but this completely resolves in a few weeks. Most patients can return to work within 72 hours.

What are the risks with upper blepharoplasty?

This is a delicate surgery, and that’s where you’ll love Dr. Eftekhari’s specialization in these procedures. He has extensive experience with the anatomy, muscular structure, and the best methods for rejuvenating the eyes. 

Still, upper eyelid surgery is still that…surgery. As such, there are the potential risks and complications of any surgery: infection, bleeding, and poor wound healing. There can be some eyelid specific complications such as dry eye and, very rarely,problems closing an eyelid, but Dr. Eftekhari takes great measures to avoid this complication.

What will my results be like after upper eyelid surgery?

These are very satisfying procedures for our patients. They deliver dramatic, yet completely subtle results. Unless you tell your friends and co-workers, they won’t have any idea you’ve had this surgery; they’ll only know that you somehow look refreshed, more alert, and younger. And who couldn’t use a little of that? 

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