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How The Upper Face Ages

The upper face is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Over time, skin loses elasticity, and gravity pulls the eyebrows downward, causing excess skin to form on the upper eyelids. Fine lines and wrinkles also develop around the eyes and forehead, making the face look tired and aged. These changes can be exacerbated by sun exposure, genetics, and lifestyle choices. Upper blepharoplasty can address these issues and restore a more youthful appearance.

What Is Upper Blepharoplasty?

Upper blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the appearance of the upper eyelids. Dr. Braunstein removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids during the procedure to create a more youthful appearance. In some cases, the brows may also be lifted to further enhance the result. Upper blepharoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia and typically takes 1 to 2 hours to complete.

Upper Blepharoplasty Corrects:

  • Sagging or droopy upper eyelids
  • Excess skin on the upper eyelids
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Loss of volume in the upper face
  • Tired or aged appearance of the face
  • Downward pull of the eyebrows
  • A heavy or fatigued look to the eyes

To learn more about how an eyelid lift in Morristown can help you, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Focusing On Natural Results

Upper blepharoplasty requires a specialized skill set, as it involves a delicate manipulation of the eyelid anatomy. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Alexandra Braunstein must have a unique understanding of the eyelid structure to achieve natural-looking results. Over-removal of skin, fat, or muscle can result in an unnatural appearance and unwanted complications. That’s why it’s important to choose a seasoned specialist who understands the key components of a youthful, attractive eyelid.

Dr. Braunstein with a patient for an eyelid lift in Morristown

Upper Blepharoplasty vs. Ptosis Repair

Droopy or heavy upper eyelids are often caused by excess skin in the area. However, true eyelid droop, known as ptosis, occurs when the upper eyelid falls below its normal position and covers the iris or pupil. In such cases, simply removing the excess skin may not be enough to correct the issue. The position of the eyebrows and any underlying conditions, such as severe dry eyes, must also be considered before determining the right course of action.

Upper blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift in Morristown can address the sagging and obscuring of the upper eyelids; however, it may not be the best solution for those with true ptosis. On the other hand, ptosis repair specifically addresses the drooping of the eyelid and is performed by tightening the muscle responsible for lifting the eyelid. It is crucial to seek the expertise of a skilled oculofacial surgeon with experience in eyelid surgery to determine the appropriate treatment plan.

The Procedure Details

Upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to restore a youthful appearance to the upper eyelids. Dr. Braunstein removes excess skin and reshapes the underlying fat to create a more defined appearance. The procedure can be performed in-office using local anesthesia, or light sedation may be used in our surgical center depending on the patient’s preferences and needs. The incisions are placed in the eyelid crease, making the scars nearly invisible. The eyes remain closed throughout the procedure, which typically takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Upper blepharoplasty may be combined with ptosis correction if the patient has a droopy eyelid. Only oculofacial surgeons with specialized training in eyelid anatomy and ptosis correction should perform this operation. After your eyelid lift in Morristown, non-dissolvable sutures are placed under the skin to minimize scarring. These sutures will be removed after 6 to 7 days. Overall, upper blepharoplasty is a relatively quick and effective procedure that can significantly improve the appearance of the upper face.

Recovery & Aftercare

Recovering from upper blepharoplasty typically involves a few weeks of rest and care to ensure optimal results. After the surgery, you will experience swelling, tightness, and numbness along the eyelashes. These symptoms are normal and usually improve with time. Most patients can return to driving and light physical activity after 2 to 3 days, but strenuous activity should be avoided for at least one week. You may experience mild dryness in the eyes, but this can be managed with over-the-counter lubricating eye drops.

You should avoid wearing eye makeup for the first two weeks after the surgery. The surgery results will become most noticeable once the swelling has subsided, usually one to two weeks after the procedure. Please follow all aftercare instructions provided by Dr. Braunstein to minimize the risk of complications and ensure optimal results. You will also have follow-up appointments with Dr. Braunstein to monitor your progress and address any questions or concerns.

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Braunstein

If you are interested in revitalizing your appearance, consult Dr. Alexandra Braunstein. As a highly skilled and experienced oculofacial plastic surgeon,
Dr. Braunstein offers eyelid lifts in Morristown, working closely with you to craft a personalized treatment strategy. By thoroughly assessing your unique requirements and openly discussing your objectives, she ensures that you make informed decisions regarding your procedure. Get started on your journey to a refreshed, revitalized appearance, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Braunstein today.

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