Sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles are some of the most common signs of aging men and women are trying to combat. While these may just seem to be cosmetic concerns, sagging skin along the upper eyelid and brows can impair your vision. When the skin along these areas begins to droop, it can reduce your peripheral vision, primarily your upper and outer fields of vision.

What Is Upper Blepharoplasty?

Upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses on treating the upper eyelids. The primary goal of the surgery is to reduce excess sagging skin in the upper eyelids that are impairing your vision. Upper blepharoplasty surgery can also have cosmetic benefits. Excess skin will be reduced during the surgery, and the fat around your eyelids can be contoured and repositioned. This helps restore a more youthful appearance while also creating functional improvement. 

Why Choose Dr. Vargason?

Dr. Vargason is a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon. As a plastic surgeon, she can perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, giving her the ability to correct your aesthetic and functional eyelid concerns.

As an oculofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Vargason is an expert in facial anatomy and primarily works with the areas around the eyes. Having performed thousands of eyelid procedures, she is able to customize the surgery to your unique taste and needs. Dr. Vargason recently founded her practice, Nava Face & Eye, to help bring patient-focused care to the Boise community. If you are interested in a consultation with Dr. Vargason, contact Nava Face & Eye today.

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Who Is a Candidate?

If you have sagging upper eyelid skin that affects your ability to see, you may be a candidate. Ideal candidates are in good health, are non-smokers (or willing to quit), and do not have certain medical conditions that would interfere with surgery. To determine if you are a candidate, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Vargason. During your consultation, she will review your medical history and evaluate your eyelids. If she feels you are a candidate, she will offer a comprehensive guide on the steps of the procedure, how to prepare, and your recovery.

Benefits of Upper Blepharoplasty

  • Improve your vision 
  • Reduce excess eyelid skin 
  • Minimal scarring 
  • Contour the upper eyelid 
  • Reposition and reduce excess fat 
  • Restore a more youthful appearance 

Your Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure 

Before your surgery begins, local or twilight anesthesia will be administered to ensure you remain comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. Next, Dr. Vargason will make an incision along the natural crease of your eyelid. This helps conceal any scarring the surgery may cause. Through the incision, she will remove excess skin and fat. She may also remove a small portion of the underlying muscle in some cases. Then she will reshape and contour the upper eyelid before closing the incision. 

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Your Recovery

Once your upper eyelid blepharoplasty is complete, you will be able to return home to recover. You may notice some immediate improvement in your vision once the excess skin is removed. You should plan to take a week off from work or longer if you do not wish to return while you are bruised. 

Bruising and swelling are common and can last for 10-14 days before resolving on their own. Dr. Vargason will check in with you throughout the recovery period and will have you return to the office to ensure you are healing properly and remove your stitches. 

Upper Blepharoplasty FAQs 

Does an upper blepharoplasty only address sagging skin?

Can an upper blepharoplasty be combined with any other procedures?

Can I wear my contact lenses after surgery?

Does an upper blepharoplasty only address sagging skin?

No. It can also address excess fat in the upper eyelids and help reshape or contour the eyelids to appear more youthful.

Can an upper blepharoplasty be combined with any other procedures?

Yes. Upper blepharoplasty can pair well with a lower blepharoplasty to target the lower eyelids or a brow lift to rejuvenate the upper face further.

Can I wear my contact lenses after surgery?

Dr. Vargason will guide you on when to resume wearing contact lenses. You will not be able to wear them for 1 week and may not want to wear them for 2 weeks, although glasses can be worn immediately.

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