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Upper Lid Blepharoplasty (Heavy eyelid skin)

Our eyes are the first and most important tool we use every day to express ourselves. However, due to aging and/or heredity, our eyes can sometimes deceive those around us. Eyebags, extra eyelid skin and puffiness around the eyes can lead others to believe we are sad, angry or tired, when in fact we feel quite the opposite. Eyelid surgery can do wonders for restoring the youthful, rested look to your entire face.

One of our most frequently performed surgical procedures at Eye & Vision Oculofacial Plastics, the upper eyelid blepharoplasty, is used to remove the fat deposits, loose and drooping skin that may form around the upper eyelids with age. Heredity, smoking, edema from allergies and sun damage can accelerate these changes. Younger people also elect to have this procedure done to eliminate puffiness of the eyes from congenital excess fatty tissue.

Upper lid blepharoplasty can improve two common problem areas:

  1. Excess skin on the upper eyelid itself, often called “hooding of the upper lid, and
  2. Puffiness in the inner corner and middle of the upper eyelid caused by herniation (pushing forward) of fat.

This procedure is frequently done at the same time as other procedures, such as a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, facelift or forehead lift, and can be combined with Botox or cosmetic injectables to smooth skin wrinkles. When drooping of the upper lids interferes with your vision, the procedure may sometimes be partially or fully covered by insurance.