Upper Eyelid

Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that focuses on removing excess skin, adipose tissue, and underlying muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. This surgery provides patients with an expanded field of vision by reducing upper lid sagging and getting rid of bags underneath the eyes. For many of our patients, these issues with aging eyelids are fairly common and require surgical repair to improve both their daily life and aesthetic appearance. As a fellowship trained oculofacial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in this field, Dr. Lensink is skilled in correcting and contouring your eyelids to achieve your desired look.

Loose Skin and Sagging Upper Eyelids Age Your Face

Whether or not you realize it, sagging eyelids can affect resting facial expressions – drooping lids can often cause you to appear annoyed, sad, tired or upset. If this is something you’ve experienced, Dr. Lensink can help you rejuvenate the upper eyelid area so that you look younger and refreshed.

Since aging eyes can have an impact on the rest of the face, even if you’ve had facelift surgery to improve sagging and wrinkles, an upper eyelid blepharoplasty is often a recommended addition to the procedure to create a consistently youthful appearance.

During your consultation with Dr. Lensink, he will assess the condition of your upper eyelids to see if you’re a candidate for upper eyelid blepharoplasty, and show you how this procedure can enhance your natural features.

Why the Eyes Age as Quickly as They Do

The skin of the upper eyelid is much thinner than other areas of the face, which is why dermatologists will tell you it’s important to be as gentle with this area as possible throughout your lifetime. Applying stress by pulling on or rubbing the skin around your eyes can exacerbate the aging process. You might have noticed that the area shows signs of premature aging much earlier than others because of factors such as overactive muscles in the brow, sun exposure, and hormonal changes. When the skin around the eyes starts to become thin and lose elasticity, not only does the surface skin break down but the underlying soft tissues change as well.

We see this change reflected more deeply in the tissues of the upper eyelids – as thinning skin and muscle lose volume, space is created in between these tissues. While muscle and skin will not thicken or grow into the cavity, adipose (fatty) tissues will. As we age, any open space between tissues in the upper eyelids becomes filled with fat cells that continue to weigh on the skin and pull it downward.

The Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedure

Both the upper and lower eyelids can be modified during the same surgery if you and Dr. Lensink have decided that that is the right option for you.

During the upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedure, you will have the option of local anesthetic, IV sedation, or choose to take relaxation pills as an alternative. Dr. Lensink will begin by making a few guideline marks on the upper eyelid to measure the amount of excess skin requiring removal. Once the superficial layer of skin in the upper eyelids is removed, fatty tissue and muscle are exposed, and Dr. Lensink can get rid of the unnecessary fat and reposition the muscle to support a stronger, more lifted upper eyelid. Any incision made by Dr. Lensink works along natural folds in the upper eyelid and lash line to minimize visible scarring. After all modifications are made, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures that will disintegrate as the healing process is completed, usually in a period of less than two weeks.

Benefits of Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty:

  • Contours the eyes
  • Restores symmetry
  • Reduces eye fatigue
  • Eliminates wrinkles
  • Modifies sagging to provide an accurate facial expression
  • Enhances a more youthful appearance
  • Allows patients to look refreshed
  • Magnifies the natural beauty of the eyes

The goal of upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is to reduce the strain on the skin in the upper eyelids, fix issues with symmetry, and improve your aesthetic beauty. Dr. Lensink listens to all of your concerns, and will offer customized solutions for your upper eyelid blepharoplasty needs.

Recovery from Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

To make sure you’re comfortable throughout the recovery process, Dr. Lensink can prescribe a light pain medication. You will experience some swelling and redness, but cold compresses and medicated ointment should reduce those effects in a few days. You can resume normal social and physical activities in about two weeks, and you will see the full result in the months following the procedure. For the best possible results with delicate eyelid surgery, it’s important you have the procedure performed by a board-certified ophthalmologist trained in oculofacial plastic surgery that can provide an artistic and skilled hand with proven patient satisfaction.

To find out more about how upper eyelid blepharoplasty can help you improve your facial aesthetic and field of vision, call Dr. Lensink’s office at 530-229-7700.

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