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Opening Your Eyes with Upper Eyelid Surgery

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on April 01, 2014


Edina Upper Eyelid Surgery for Obscured VisionAre your upper eyelids drooping to the point that they are beginning to obstruct your vision? If so, you may qualify for a surgical procedure that will improve your vision in addition to leaving you looking more awake and alert.

Edina patients that may be experiencing loose and saggy upper eyelids may be prime candidates for a plastic surgery procedure that improves the appearance and function of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This procedure is known as blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Upper eyelid surgery involves the removal of excess skin from the folds of the upper eyelids through tiny incisions in the skin. Upper eyelid surgery can achieve the following functional as well as aesthetic results:

  • Eliminates fatty tissues that cause swelling and puffiness of the upper eyelid
  • Removes loose, sagging skin in the folds of the eyelid, allowing for a more pronounced contour of the eye
  • Can correct eye sight and restore line of vision in patients whose sagging eyelids have obstructed their vision
  • Provides taut and youthful looking eyelids, helping patients appear more well-rested and alert
  • Results can last for a decade or more

Upper eyelid surgery patients typically recover from their procedure very quickly. While bruising and swelling is normal in the first two days following the procedure, patients typically return to normal activities within a week, and most swelling and bruising disappears within two weeks.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Procedure Candidates

While upper eyelid surgery will undoubtedly improve a patient’s vision, it is important for eyelid surgery candidates to maintain realistic expectation about the outcome of the procedure, especially in terms of aesthetic improvements.

For example, while upper eyelid surgery can help reduce, and even all together eliminate bags and puffiness associated with the eyelids, it will not treat the under eye area. Patients who are unhappy with excess skin or fat in the lower eyelid area will need to undergo lower eyelid surgery.

However, if you are experiencing obstructed vision due to upper eyelid droopiness, and are an otherwise healthy adult with realistic expectations, then you may very well qualify and greatly benefit from upper eyelid surgery.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Procedure Risks

Although rare, like all surgical procedures, upper eyelid surgery is associated with the following risks:

  • Infection
  • Dry eyes
  • Inability to close eyes
  • Double vision
  • Affected vision
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Scarring

Learn More about Upper Eyelid Surgery

Imagine being able to see clearly, without any “eyelid curtains” shrouding your eyes, or imagine being able to look in the mirror and not see a tired-looking reflection gazing back. You deserve to have fully functional eyes that also help you look and feel your most confident. To learn more about upper eyelid surgery and to find out whether or not you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment at Kobienia Plastic Surgery today. The highly skilled, professional staff will help answer your questions, put you at ease, and guide you on your journey to healthy and beautiful eyes.

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