UPPER EYELID SURGERY

Space

As we age, we tend to shrink, sag, and wrinkle.  The speed of this aging process is different for everyone and largely influenced by genetics, sun exposure, and other factors.  For some patients, they may start to notice more sagging skin, wrinkles, and/or puffiness involving the upper eyelids, and/or difficulty applying makeup.  When these changes start to bother you, it may be time to consider upper eyelid surgery.  At the time of your consultation, Dr. Li will analyze your brow and eyelids in detail and discuss whether Upper Eyelid Surgery is a good option for you. 


Upper eyelid surgery usually involves removal of excess skin involving the upper eyelid.  In some patients, Brow Lift Surgery may also be recommended as the problem may be two-fold, with brows that are low and upper eyelid skin that is excessive.  Whereas in the past eyelid fat was generally considered excessive and removed, increasingly, the trend is to preserve and displace this fat to maintain volume and a more youthful eyelid.  Upper Eyelid Surgery scars are typically hidden in the upper eyelid, and therefore impossible to see when your eyes are open.

KEY POINTS

SURGERY UNDER LOCAL OR GENERAL ANESTHETIC

GO HOME THE SAME DAY (DAY SURGERY)

RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN A WEEK

REWIND THE CLOCK BY 5-10 YEARS

ELIMINATE EXCESS UPPER EYELID SKIN

SMOOTH THE TRANSITION BETWEEN THE BROWS AND UPPER EYELIDS

HIDE SCARS IN THE UPPER EYELID

UNCOVER AND BRIGTHEN YOUR EYES

WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE SURGERY

  • You will be evaluated by Dr. Li at the time of your initial consultation to determine if Upper Eyelid Surgery +/- Brow Lift Surgery is the best option for you

  • You will be required to quit smoking and oral contraceptives 4 weeks before surgery

  • You will need to complete testing before surgery, which may include a physical with your PCP/primary physician, blood work, and an ECG

  • Prescriptions for your surgery will be sent to your local pharmacy, please obtain these medications ahead of time and bring them to your surgery

  • A deposit is required to secure your surgery date

  • Full payment is required 2 weeks before surgery; payment options include cash, cashier's check, or credit through Alphaeon or CareCredit

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY

  • General anesthesia can sometimes cause generalized body soreness and fatigue for a couple of days

  • Maximum discomfort will occur in the first few days after surgery and gradually improve

  • You will not be allowed to engage in any significant exercise (e.g. running, lifting weights) for 3 weeks

  • You may develop temporary irritation of your eyes after surgery; this improves over the course of 6 weeks

  • You may experience temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, or a burning sensation involving your eyelids; bruising and swelling takes several weeks to improve; numbness takes a couple months to normalize

  • Scars may be red and firm for approximately 6 months before they soften and fade