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  • Writer's pictureJean-Paul Abboud, MD, PhD

What is Cosmetic Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Cosmetic upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a common procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids to improve the appearance of the eyes and make the face look more youthful. It can make a significant difference in the way you look and feel about yourself.

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation, and usually takes less than an hour to complete. During the surgery, an incision is made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Through this incision, the surgeon will remove any excess skin and fat that is causing the eyelid to droop or sag. The incision is then closed with fine sutures.

Recovery time for eyelid surgery varies depending on the individual, but most people are able to return to work or normal activities within 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. It is common to experience swelling and bruising around the eyes, which can take several weeks to completely resolve.

One of the most important things to consider when thinking about eyelid surgery is finding a qualified, experienced oculofacial plastic surgeon. Oculoplastic surgeons are specially trained in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery, making them the ideal choice for eyelid surgery. They have a deep understanding of the anatomy and function of the eyes, which is crucial for ensuring the best possible results. Oculoplastic surgeons are also experienced in dealing with the unique challenges that come with eyelid surgery. The eyelids are a very delicate area, and it's essential that the surgeon has the skills and knowledge to work in this area safely and effectively. They know how to make incisions that won't affect the eyelid's function, and how to remove the right amount of tissue to achieve the desired results without causing any problems. A good surgeon will be able to evaluate your individual needs and discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with you.

If you are considering eyelid surgery, it is important to schedule a consultation with a qualified oculofacial plastic surgeon. They will be able to evaluate your individual needs and give you an idea of what you can expect from the procedure.

In general, eyelid surgery is considered a safe and effective procedure that can greatly improve the appearance of the eyes and make the face look more youthful. With the right surgeon and realistic expectations, you can achieve the results you desire.


Dr. Abboud is an oculofacial plastic surgeon in San Diego who is an expert on cosmetic eyelid surgery. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO) and is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).

For more information about cosmetic upper blepharoplasty or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abboud for personalized advice on eyelid surgery, call our office at 858.356.2647


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