When are you ready for an upper eyelid lift?

An upper eyelid lift or upper blepharoplasty is one of the most common procedures I perform in my NY oculoplastic and cosmetic surgery practice.  It’s an elegant and often dramatic way to make your entire face look younger, less tired, and warmer without looking plastic.  I use special refinements to ensure there is a natural-looking result, including fat grafting, laser skin resurfacing, fat preservation, crease stabilization, and other techniques.

But how do you know if you’re ready for an upper blepharoplasty?

3 reasons you may be ready for an upper eyelid lift

  • Eyelid skin interfering with vision

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    When your upper eyelid skin is stretched and sagging, it can be severe enough to get in the way of your vision.  This is the most compelling reason to seek out an oculoplastic surgeon for an upper eyelid lift.

  • Your eyes are starting to look tired

    As your skin stretches with age and your brows deflate, your eyes begin to look tired.  This can be a good reason to consider an upper eyelid lift, and while it won’t necessarily improve your vision, you may feel better about the way your eyes look.

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  • Upper eyelid fat bulges

    The upper eyelids have a tendency to develop prominent fat pouches at the inner corners.  These bulges can be smoothed out with an upper eyelid lift.

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Before and after upper eyelid lift with fat grafting under eyebrows and laser resurfacing to lower eyelid skin

What to do when it’s time for an upper blepharoplasty

If your eyelids fit one or more of the above criteria, you may be ready for an upper blepharoplasty consultation. While I see many prospective clients in my New York offices who travel from a distance to address their cosmetic eyelid concerns, I suggest you start by seeking a local oculoplastic surgeon.  In the United States, there is an eyelid surgery specialist directory maintained by ASOPRS, an organization that oversees oculoplastic surgery training and certification.  You can also seek out recommendations from friends or family members who have already had the procedure.

You should bring a list of questions for your potential surgeon, including “how many of these procedures do you do and how often do your clients need revisions ?”, “can I see examples of patients that have similar issues ?”, and “what can I expect to look like after the procedure ?”.

Upper blepharoplasty is a high-satisfaction procedure and in skilled-hands you should expect to end up looking like a younger version of you.

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