When skin starts to sag, it can make you unhappy with your appearance. But when it happens to the skin above your eye, it can interfere with the way you see the world too. Fortunately, there is a relatively simple procedure to correct this problem.
At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, upper eyelid surgery is a common procedure used to address sagging skin over the eye, and Dr. Roberto Garcia has successfully used the procedure hundreds of times to help people see and look better. His clinic is home to the most advanced tools and a caring, compassionate team dedicated to helping people live healthy, beautiful lives.
Sagging skin can reduce visual function and appeal. Upper eyelid surgery (also called “upper blepharoplasty”) is an invasive treatment that reduces the impact of loose and excess skin over the eye. As a person ages, their skin can lose its elasticity and resilience. This causes creases and wrinkles to form and features to sag.
Beyond merely diminishing the appealing appearance of bright, wide eyes, the loose skin can even begin to make opening the eyes difficult and impairing vision.To combat this, patients often turn to upper eyelid surgery. Small incisions are made and excess skin and tissue are removed, allowing the eyelids to function optimally once again. The result? Brighter vision and brighter eyes that look healthy and young.
Plastic surgeons utilize upper eyelid surgery to improve their patients’ quality of life. For many, it isn’t just an aesthetic concern they want to address — it’s also functional. Upper blepharoplasty can address issues like:
Upper eyelid surgery is often combined with blepharoplasty on the lower lid as well. Together, these procedures can completely rejuvenate and restore the appearance of your eyes.
Dr. Garcia will thoroughly examine your current condition during your consultation. There are conditions related to the forehead and eyebrow that can cause the upper eyelid to sag, so a precise determination by an expert surgeon like Dr. Garcia is critical. Your consultation will also include an in-depth discussion of your concerns with your appearance and a collaborative determination of whether or not upper eyelid surgery is the appropriate solution to your problems.
Ideal candidates for the procedure are in overall good health and nonsmokers. They don’t have any serious medical conditions that can interfere with your body’s ability to heal (i.e., heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or infection). As with any operation, it is always recommended that you consult with your primary care physician to confirm that you’re healthy enough for surgery.
The upper eyelid surgical procedure is relatively simple and can typically be performed in about an hour, but your exact procedure will be customized to your needs. General anesthesia is typically used, so we recommend you schedule a trusted friend or family member to give you a ride home following your operation.
Once you are properly sedated, Dr. Garcia will make a pair of incisions along your upper eyelid around the excess skin to be removed. Underlying fatty tissue will also be repositioned or removed. Dr. Garcia takes great care to match the incisions to the natural folds of the eye, ensuring that any scars will be well hidden within the existing features. The incisions will then be closed. If your treatment plan includes work on both eyes, this process will be repeated for your other eye.
A full recovery from upper eyelid surgery can take more than a month, but most patients are able to resume normal, daily activities within two weeks. During the first week or so, you can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness on and around your eyelids.
Most patients are able to engage in full physical activity after about four weeks. Before your procedure, Dr. Garcia will provide you with any pain or antibiotic prescriptions you may need, along with detailed aftercare instructions. These often include advice like using ice packs and sleeping in an elevated position to reduce swelling. Protecting your skin from excess sun exposure is also highly recommended during the healing process.
Upper eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure, so it does carry some risks. These risks can include:
Some situations may not necessitate upper eyelid surgery, or some patients may not be ready for such an aggressive procedure. Other treatments that can help correct sagging skin are:
You and Dr. Garcia will determine the appropriate treatment for your condition during your consultation.
The cost for upper eyelid surgery will be determined by a number of factors, but it can generally range between $800 and $5,000. Your exact cost will be determined by the extent of the procedure and the need for any supplemental procedures.
You could be on your way to seeing better and looking your best today! You can request an appointment (in-person or virtual) with Dr. Garcia at his practice in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, by clicking here. At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery, we are committed to providing the outstanding care our patients deserve so they can look and feel their absolute best!
Under the direction of visionary double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Roberto Garcia, Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery offers the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures in a relaxed and serene setting. Schedule a virtual or in-person consultation today to get the first glimpse of your future self.
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