Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
(Upper Lid Lift)
People say that the eyes are the window to the soul. While the eyes can be one of the most prominent and attractive facial features, aging eyelids can create a tired, worn-out appearance. As we get older, the upper eyelids can become heavy with excess skin, thickened muscle, and protruding fat pockets.
What is an Upper Lid Blepharoplasty?
Upper lid blepharoplasty can be a very straightforward procedure to remove the excess skin, muscle, and fat to help restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance. However, it is essential to properly evaluate each patient’s eyelids and to individually tailor the technique to achieve the best results. Dr. Vipond likes to say that what is left behind after upper eyelid lifts is far more important than what is taken out.
While it may sound more impressive to hear about how much skin, fat, and muscle are removed, if this is done inappropriately, patients can be left with a hollowed-out, “surprised” appearance that can actually make them look older. There are many celebrities who can attest to this. Clarement oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Vipond believes that the Artistry of Facial Plastic Surgery is especially vital when it comes to operating on the eyes as proper planning of the procedure and design of the incision is required to achieve the best possible result.
Why Choose Dr. Vipond For Your Upper Eyelid Procedure?
Recognizing the differences between male and female eyelid shape as well as the uniqueness between ethnicities is extremely important to avoid an unnatural, “surprised” or “wide-eyed” look. Dr. Vipond has considerable experience operating on patients with a variety of cultural backgrounds and is very sensitive to patients’ wishes to preserve their individuality. For the upper eyelids, the incision is camouflaged within a natural crease where the eyelid skin attaches to the eyelid. With careful technique and design, a well-healed incision is often imperceptible.
In addition to the simple removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle, there are special situations that may require advanced techniques and expertise. In some patients, the aging process can lead to upper eyelid fat protruding in some areas but leaving an overall hollowed appearance in others. Simple removal of this fat can further hollow out the upper eyelid creating a “skeletal” look. Upper eyelid fat repositioning is a technique where the bulging fat can be moved into the hollow areas to help preserve and restore volume. Upper eyelid fat repositioning is a specialized procedure that is typically performed only by very experienced Facial Plastic or Oculoplastic Surgeons.
Another situation requiring a specialized approach is upper eyelid drooping or ptosis. While this can be caused by a number of conditions, involutional ptosis is commonly seen with eyelids as part of the aging process. The tendon that lifts up the eyelid can elongate or stretch leading to a heavy upper eyelid. There are several different techniques that can be used to help lift up the upper eyelid creating a much more invigorated appearance. Again, these involve more advanced techniques that are typically performed by very experienced Facial Plastic or Oculoplastic Surgeons.
Who is a good candidate for upper blepharoplasty?
Most people over the age of 40 could benefit from upper blepharoplasty, as sagging in the upper eyelids is almost universal. Obviously, if your eyelids are sagging to the point of beginning to fall over the eyelashes, this procedure is almost a requirement.
But most people feel that this procedure makes them look more alert, removes any hooding in the upper eyelids, and makes their eyes and their entire face look younger and rejuvenated. Good candidates still have good tone in their facial muscles and tissue.
How is upper eyelid surgery performed?
This is a delicate surgery that employs small incisions. On the upper eyelid, Dr. Vipond makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid to conceal any scarring. He then tightens the muscle tissue, removes excess skin, and usually repositions the fat. The goal is usually to reposition fat, rather removing it, to avoid giving the patient a hollow look. These surgeries with Dr. Vipond usually take about one hour.
While Upper Blepharoplasty can turn back the clock on aging upper eyelids, unfortunately, the aging process will continue. Sometimes non-invasive methods may help, but often another surgery may be the best option. Dr. Vipond is well-experienced in performing secondary, or revision, eyelids surgeries to correct or improve the results from earlier operations. A careful approach and meticulous planning can help restore natural youthful beauty to features affected by age and surgical trauma.
What is recovery like after upper eyelid surgery?
Recovery from upper eyelid surgery is not difficult. After your surgery with Dr. Vipond, you will return home and your eyelids will be covered with light gauze. We provide a cold compress and eye lubricant drops. 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. Dr. Vipond usually removes your stitches in about one week. 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 of upper blepharoplasty?
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, entropion or ectropion, and problems closing an eyelid, but these are very rare. With Dr. Vipond’s focus on facial surgical procedures he has extensive experience with the anatomy, muscular structure, and the best methods for rejuvenating the eyes. Thanks to his expertise, upper eyelid surgery is a safe, satisfying procedure for our patients.
Is upper blepharoplasty a painful procedure?
Of course, modern anesthesia ensures you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. But even your recovery involves surprisingly low levels of pain. Dr. Vipond does provide prescription pain medication, but most patients don’t feel the need to use it, opting instead for over-the-counter pain relievers.
We provide lubricating eye drops to help keep your eyes comfortable for the first few days, as well.
Are there scars after upper blepharoplasty?
Dr. Vipond places your incisions in the natural crease of your upper eyelids. This effectively makes the scars invisible, as they are hidden within these creases.
Upper Eyelid Surgery Reviews
- “I had a facial lift with Dr Vipond and am very happy with my results. He also did an eye lift. My results are very natural looking. He is very kind and professional and was patient with me during my recovery. Everything was discussed with me in detail prior to my surgery. The staff is wonderful, warm and friendly. I highly recommend Dr. Vipond. He’s an amazing doctor” – H.P.
- “I would highly recommend Dr. Gregory J. Vipond to my family and friends. Dr. Vipond and his staff are a class act. They are like a caring family. The doctor is up to date on the latest facial procedures and took as much time as I needed for him to explain all my concerns. As much as I was interested in my look, I was equally interested in my comfort, safety and health as well as the cost of the procedure(s). I was not disappointed. We are fortunate to have Dr. Vipond practicing the science of facial artistry in our area.” – R.D.H.
- “Dr. Vipond is the BEST! He did the greatest job of my face and neck. Thank you for a wonderful job.” – P.C.
When can I begin exercising after this surgery?
As mentioned above, these procedures with Dr. Vipond do not entail a difficult recovery. After just a few days you can walk and do some light exercise, but you need to avoid anything strenuous for your first week, especially lifting or anything that increases blood pressure to the face. Most patients can return to their regular exercise regimen in 2-3 weeks, but Dr. Vipond will discuss this with you because different patients heal at different rates.
How long will my results from upper eyelid surgery last?
The changes made to your upper eyelids by Dr. Vipond are permanent. You will look more alert, less tired, and your upper face will look rejuvenated by as much as 10 years. This is because the eyes are the focal point of the face. Of course, you can’t stop the march of time, but any aging that occurs in your upper eyelids moving forward will start from a far younger point. You will enjoy your results from upper blepharoplasty for the rest of your life.
Schedule Your Blepharoplasty Consultation Today!
Interested in learning more about Upper Lid Blepharoplasty with Clarmont facial plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Vipond? Give us a call at 909.608.7770 to schedule your consultation today! Our practice, Facial Artistry, serves Claremont, CA and nearby areas.