As we age, the skin around our eyes loses elasticity causing it to sag. The sagging skin collects on top of the eyelids, essentially creating hoods. This excess skin can add years to our appearance and can even interfere with our vision. The best way to correct this problem is upper blepharoplasty. Upper blepharoplasty (upper bleph) is an outpatient surgical procedure to remove sagging skin to create a more youthful look. This surgery is commonly referred to as an eyelid lift.
An upper bleph is performed by creating small incisions in the natural creases of your eyelids to remove excess skin and fat under local anesthesia. The incisions are then closed with a few small subcuticular stitches that will remain for 7 days following treatment. Subcuticular stitches leave minimal to no scarring versus a typical “crosshatch” baseball stitch.
Upper bleph surgery may result in swelling of the eyelids and may cause some bruising. In addition, the eyes may feel tired and sensitive following surgery. Your eyelids should appear normal and more youthful in approximately 2 weeks.
For more information about an upper bleph or for a consultation, contact Retief Skin Center (615) 383-6092