Candidates for Upper Eyelid Surgery
Candidates for upper blepharoplasty are those who have excess skin and/or bulging of fat at the upper eyelids.
Of note, some patients have pronounced upper eyelid hooding due to a combination of excess upper eyelid skin and sagging brows. Ideal treatment in this case would involve both upper eyelid surgery and a brow lift.
Dr. Foulad customizes upper eyelid surgery for every patient. The goal is to create a natural, non-surgical appearance. To achieve this, he creates individual treatment plans based on the unique condition and desired outcome of each patient.
To determine your eligibility for upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Foulad will perform a physical examination during your consultation. Skin laxity and amount of excess tissue will be assessed to ensure you are a good candidate for upper blepharoplasty.
Dr. Foulad will also review your medical history to evaluate your risk factors. Finally, he will develop your personalized surgical plan. Dr. Foulad will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure.
How Upper Eyelid Surgery is Performed
To perform an upper eyelift, Dr. Foulad draws precise markings to designate areas with excess skin. The incision is placed along the natural eyelid crease. Any excess fat is reduced or is repositioned to an adjacent region that would benefit from added volume. Once treatment of the excess skin and fat is complete, the incision is meticulously closed with suture. The scar remains hidden from view within the natural fold of your eye and is typically imperceptible once healed. Dr. Foulad commonly performs upper blepharoplasty under local anesthesia. However, sedation and general anesthesia are options as well.
How to Prepare for Upper Eyelid Surgery
It is important to avoid Botox (or other neuromodulator treatments) at the upper face for at least several months prior to undergoing upper eyelid surgery. Enough time should have passed that there is not concern that the Botox treatment may be affecting the position of your eyelids and eyebrows.
In preparation for undergoing upper eyelid surgery, we need to ensure that you are healthy and optimized for the procedure. Certain medications and supplements (such as those that increase the risk of bleeding) might have to be stopped a specific time period prior to the procedure. You will be provided more comprehensive pre-operative instructions specific to your individual case.
We are conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, & Los Angeles. However, we are available to help with coordinating your stay if you are an Out-of-Town Patient.
What to Expect After Upper Eyelid Surgery
You will be recommended to keep the incision moist with an ointment for approximately 1 week. It is also recommended to keep your head elevated during sleep during this time in order to help reduce swelling. The sutures will usually be removed around 5 to 7 days after your procedure.
Bruising and swelling usually peaks at around 3 to 4 days after the procedure. Any bruising and obvious swelling typically resolves within 1-2 weeks after the procedure, but healing times can vary from patient to patient. It will take at least several months for the majority of healing to occur and swelling to resolve.
Cost of Upper Eyelid Surgery
The cost of upper eyelid surgery depends on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure. The overall price may be affected by anesthetic fees, along with the total time required to perform the surgery.
Learn more about the benefits of upper eyelid surgery in Beverly Hills and how it can instantly uplift your appearance. Contact Foulad Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.
Upper Eyelid Surgery faq
Is the upper blepharoplasty incision visible?
The incision is often placed within the natural crease of your upper eyelid and the incision usually heals very well. Typically, is is very hard to see the scar once the incision has healed.
CASE 1: Upper Eyelid SURGERY
Upper Blepharoplasty Skin Excision
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This lovely patient had excess upper eyelid skin and droopy brows leading to hooding of the upper eyelids. Ideally, a brow lift combined with upper blepharoplasty can be performed for full correction. However, the patient desired to keep the procedure to a minimum and just undergo a single treatment that would achieve the greatest benefit. Accordingly, Dr. Foulad limited the procedure to an upper eyelid blepharoplasty under local anesthesia. She is extremely happy with the natural, rejuvenated appearance and is excited to be able to wear eye shadow.