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Upper Eyelid Surgery

Conveniently located to serve St. Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL

The eyes are often called the windows to the soul. As a central part of facial appearance, the eyelids can greatly affect the appearance of the entire face. Upper Blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid lift surgery, is a surgical procedure that can correct bulging, sagging, or drooping eyelids. Because eyelid skin is much thinner than that in other parts of the face, it is often one of the first facial areas to exhibit signs of aging. Eyelids that sag or droop can affect peripheral vision, making daily activities such as driving more difficult. Bulging eyelids can also create a tired or worn-out appearance.


Blepharoplasty tightens the eyelid‘s muscles and tissue and removes excess fat and skin. Eyelid surgery can also eliminate the drooping of skin into the visual field, greatly improving peripheral vision. Rejuvenating the eyelids is often one of the most effective ways to rejuvenate the facial appearance.


The best candidates for upper blepharoplasty are patients who have excess upper eyelid skin or bulging and are in good overall health, do not smoke, do not have any serious eye conditions, and have healthy facial tissue and muscle.


An upper blepharoplasty can be performed in the office under local anesthesia or in an operating room with some sedation or general anesthesia depending on the patient’s comfort level and preference. An incision is made in the upper eyelid crease to hide it well. Any excess skin is measured and removed as well as a small amount of muscle if needed. If any of the upper eyelid fat pads are bulging or overgrown then they are precisely reduced. The incision is then closed with stitches. Most patients go home the same day and any mild discomfort can be treated with oral pain medication. A small amount of bruising and swelling is common but will resolve with a little time.


After blepharoplasty, patients may be advised to apply lubricating drops/ointment and cold compresses to aid in healing and minimize side effects. Most patients return to work within a few days to a week, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks. The stitches are removed in the first week.