Upper Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid Surgery)

Current Facial Plastic Surgery is a destination for blepharoplasty surgery in Myrtle Beach and the Carolinas.  Dr. Novis is an expert in surgery of the delicate eyelid area and uses her training and experience to provide natural results with minimal recovery.

Blepharoplasty Heavy/Upper Eyelid Surgery

With normal aging, an excess of upper eyelid skin will often develop.  This gives the eyes a “heavy” or “tired” appearance.  Upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a simple procedure that can give the appearance of being “better rested” or “more awake.”

Upper blepharoplasty is performed as a simple in office procedure which takes about an hour.  You will receive both local anesthetic and oral sedation.  Dr. Novis carefully measures and marks to determine the appropriate amount of skin for excision.  Muscle excess and fat pad herniation are addressed in patients with these issues.  The incisions are meticulously closed with hair-fine sutures which are removed one week after the procedure.  Swelling and mild bruising peaks at 24-48 hours after surgery and resolves in 1-2 weeks.  Patient report minimal pain and often do not require any of the prescribed pain medication.

Upper Blepharoplasty Before & After

Upper Lid Blepharoplasty FAQ

Patients rarely report pain after upper lid blepharoplasty.  Swelling, “tightness” and heavy upper lids are expected for the first week after the procedure and resolve with time.

There is normal swelling around the eyelids which peaks at 24-48 hours after surgery.  Patients are usually able to look at a screen or work on a computer after 3 days.  Sutures will remain in place for 6-7 days after upper blepharoplasty and will be removed in the office.  Patients generally returns to work after suture removal and to full normal activity at 2 weeks.

Dr. Novis meticulously plans and closes incisions to optimize healing and scar appearance.  The incision line in an upper blepharoplasty is created over where the natural eyelid crease should be, and the scar will fade into this natural line.  The incision is closed with hair fine sutures, which are removed at 1 week after surgery.  The incision lines will remain pink for an additional 1+ weeks depending on your skin type and healing.  Eye makeup can be worn at 2 weeks.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is permanent removal of the excess eyelid skin and gives results that last many years, often 10 or more years.  With normal continued aging, recurrent skin excess can develop over time and repeat blepharoplasty can be performed if needed.