What Does an Upper Eyelid Lift Address?

Do your eyes look droopy or tired all the time although you feel perfectly rested?  Your droopy upper eyelids may be the reason.  Upper eyelid surgery can improve the eyes and make them look more open and alert.  But what does an upper eyelid lift address? 

What Does An Upper Eyelid Lift Address?

An upper eyelid lift or upper blepharoplasty is a procedure that is done to correct signs of aging in the upper eyelids and restore the original contours of the eyelids. 

The loss of collagen and elastin in the skin over time causes the upper eyelid skin to lose tightness, resulting in droopy eyelids known medically as ptosis.  Fat may also accumulate above the eyes.   

An upper eyelid lift addresses excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids that give the eyes a tired look.  

Although an upper eyelid lift is commonly done to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes, it may also be performed to correct severely sagging eyelid skin that restricts peripheral vision.

How Is An Upper Eyelid Lift Performed?

An upper eyelid lift is generally performed under local anesthesia and takes less than an hour to complete.  During the procedure, the surgeon will remove excess eyelid skin, tighten underlying muscles, and reposition fat deposits in the upper eyelids.   

The incisions for upper blepharoplasty are made within the natural crease of the eyelids, so the resulting scars are undetectable. 

An upper eyelid lift is sometimes combined with a lower eyelid lift or brow lift for more comprehensive results.  A lower eyelid lift addresses bags below the eyes, while a brow lift corrects a sagging brow. 

Droopy upper eyelids make you look tired and older than you actually are, but an upper eyelid lift will open the eyes and give your face a relaxed, more youthful appearance. 

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