Upper Eyelid Surgery for Heavy Lids Makes a Difference By tmccall on July 28, 2015

An older woman smiling in the sunHere at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery, we feel like small solutions can have big and dramatic effects. This focus on making smart choices about surgery is what makes us one of the premiere aesthetic rejuvenation destinations for countless patients in and around the Milwaukee area.

With that in mind, we'd like to look at cosmetic upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), a procedure that can have just such a dramatic impact.

Aesthetic Problems Caused by Heavy Upper Eyelids

When you have heavy upper eyelids, they can droop down low, leading to issues with sagging and a general appearance of being tired or much older than you really are. These kinds of issues can lead to significant self-consciousness, more so than one might expect. It's rather fascinating how much of an issue the upper eyelids can cause.

Drooping Upper Eyelids Can Affect Your Vision

In addition to aesthetic issues related to heavy upper eyelids, it is possible for the upper eyelids too droop in a very significant manner, so much so that the upper eyelid affects a person's vision. This can be a potential danger, especially when someone is driving.

Ideal Candidates for Upper Eyelid Surgery

The best candidates for upper eyelid surgery are people who experience issues with a drooping or sagging upper eyelid. These issues may be cosmetic in nature of related to obscured/ impaired vision. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from any kinds of health conditions that would make a facial surgery procedure a risk to general wellness. Patients should also be fully aware of the risks and the benefits related to their surgery so they can have realistic expectations about the treatment process.

The Upper Eyelid Surgery Procedure

During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This helps surgeons carefully conceal the minor scar that is created during the surgery. (In some forms of upper eyelid surgery, the procedure is performed specifically in order to create the upper eyelid fold.) Through this incision, excess tissue is carefully removed and the remaining skin of the upper eyelid is sutured tighter to eliminate any potential heaviness or drooping.

What to Expect as You Recover from Upper Eyelid Surgery

As you recover from upper eyelid surgery, it's not uncommon to experience irritation of the upper eyelid. Soreness, swelling, bruising, and some discoloration are normal as well. These issues will resolve themselves as the healing process continues, and patients should notice improvements by the end of a week or so. Special ointment may be administered in order to prevent issues with dryness and itchiness of the upper eyelids.

By the end of the first week, patients will typically return to the practice for the first of several follow-up visits. These are scheduled in order to address basic concerns when it comes to healing and wellness.

The Results of Upper Eyelid Surgery

The results of upper eyelid surgery are excellent, and can make a patient look years younger and well-rested as well. Any drooping of the upper eyelid that obscured vision is taken care of, allowing patients to see clearly.

Learn More About Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

For more information about upper eyelid surgery and your many other options for anti-aging, it's important that you contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery will work with you and help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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Dr. Tracy McCall

Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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