What is the goal?:
The goal of upper blepharoplasty is to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids.
Who is a good candidate?:
Good candidates for upper blepharoplasty have excess skin of the upper eyelids, which can be hanging over the eyelid impairing vision, or can be touching the eyelashes.
How is the procedure performed?:
This procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia and can be combined with other procedures like a brow lift. Dr. Kalaria injects local anesthesia (the same medication that dentists use to numb your mouth) into the upper eyelids. She cuts the excess skin and muscle and occasionally removes bulging fat. She closes the incisions meticulously. You can expect immediate improvement in the excess skin of the upper eyelids.
What is the recovery time?:
You can expect 1-2 weeks of bruising and swelling around the eyes. You can use arnica and ice to maximize results. You can wear makeup in 1 week to cover the incisions. By 6 weeks, your incisions will start to fade and return to normal color. You can expect full results in 6 months to 1 year.