Blepharoplasty has become one of the leading facial rejuvenation procedures in recent years. Each year, thousands of men and women undergo this procedure to rejuvenate the appearance of their eyes. This occurs even in light of the immense popularity of Botox and other injectables. Why? Because some people want results that do not require quite so much maintenance. Dr. Murrell is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has obtained additional board-certification with The American Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. His experience and proven surgical techniques help our patients achieve the refreshed appearance they want without having to take much time away from daily life for recovery.
Why Upper Blepharoplasty is Done
The obvious reason why people undergo upper blepharoplasty is that they want to refresh their appearance. But why do the eyes need such attention in the first place? It’s more than simple aging.
The upper eyelids, as well as the lower lids, have elastic fibers that run through their thin tissue. Every time the eyes blink, these fibers stretch. The upper eyelid is also home to the levator muscle. This is the muscle that supports the position of the eyelid when the eyes are open and when they blink. When we are young, the fibers and muscle, as well as the skin, are well nourished with collagen. This keeps them firm and elastic. When we reach adulthood, our collagen production dips and continues to do so at an increased rate every year. Without the collagen that was once present, the stretched fibers and levator muscle become loose.
Upper Blepharoplasty is a Streamlined Procedure
Because upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure, people may have an inaccurate perception of the process. In many cases, this minor treatment is performed in the office. Patients can undergo upper blepharoplasty with local anesthetic, avoiding the risks of general anesthesia. A mild sedative may be prescribed to promote the utmost comfort during the procedure.
Upper blepharoplasty is not only about skin removal for a lifted appearance. Tissue is carefully evaluated and marked before surgery, and the procedure may address the levator muscle as well as fatty tissue across the eyelid. The repositioning and distribution of fat are supported by discreet sutures that may be removed approximately one week after surgery. Patients are back to their normal routine shortly thereafter, if not before.