Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper Blepharoplasty in New York City with Marmur Medical

The early signs of aging can appear in many natural ways. As the most delicate skin of the body, the eyelids are commonly the first place to show age, making you look and feel tired, unhappy, or much older. Upper blepharoplasty can help address the fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin over the eyelids to dramatically rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes and overall face.

At Marmur Medical, expert dermatological surgeon, Dr. Ellen Marmur can help you experience the rewarding effects of upper blepharoplasty and achieve a natural-looking, more youthful appearance. She specializes in skin only, minimalist eyelid surgery under local anesthesia for safe, excellent results and minimal downtime. With meticulous care and personalized attention, we aim to help you achieve your aesthetic goals through cosmetic dermatology.

Restore the appearance of your more youthful-looking eyes and boost your confidence with the best natural simple skin upper blepharoplasty in NYC. Contact Marmur Medical at (212) 996-6900 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation today.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Upper blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure that aims to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids. Eyelid lifts aim to restore your refreshed, youthful, more alert looking appearance.

Besides addressing unwanted wrinkles or puffiness, upper blepharoplasty can also improve severely sagging or drooping eyelids that can impair peripheral vision.

Dr. Marmur specializes in upper blepharoplasty performed under local anesthesia. If you have concerns about the appearance of your lower eyelids, our surgeons may also recommend a non-surgical eye rejuvenation procedure like laser or skin tightening.

As we age, the eyelids stretch resulting in excess skin on the eyelid. Upper blepharoplasty can help rejuvenate the appearance of sagging lids to achieve optimal results for each patient, including:

  • Brighter, more alert eyes
  • Tighten sagging, loose, wrinkled eyelids
  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce drooping eyelid skin that impairs vision
  • Restore natural eyelid contours
  • Rejuvenate overall facial appearance
6 weeks post-op from surgery.
5 days into recovery from surgery.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Upper Blepharoplasty?

Our surgeons recommend that New York City upper blepharoplasty candidates should:

  • Be generally healthy (physically and mentally)
  • Not smoke, or be willing to quit prior to surgery
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding (although there is no contraindication with local lidocaine.)
  • Have no medical conditions that impair healing
  • Have no serious eye conditions
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations
  • Understand the surgical risks

Upper blepharoplasty may not an appropriate procedure for all patients, including those who have the following conditions:

  • Chronic dry eye
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Drooping or uneven eyebrows

What Can I Expect During an Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure?

At Marmur Medical, Dr. Marmur expertly customizes each upper blepharoplasty procedure to address our patients’ individual needs. However, here are some general steps you can expect.

Before Upper Eyelid Surgery

Prior to your upper blepharoplasty procedure, you will need to avoid all unnecessary blood thinners, including vitamins, supplements, fish oil, vitamin E, and alcohol for approximately a week. During this time, also avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, and Advil. Please discuss with the doctor whether to continue taking medically necessary aspirin or blood thinners.

During Upper Blepharoplasty

Prior to your upper blepharoplasty procedure, you will be treated with topical or local anesthetics. You will be injected with local lidocaine. You will not need any sedation or general anesthesia.

During your upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Marmur will create well-concealed incisions within the natural creases of each eyelid. Through these incisions, Dr. Marmur will remove excess skin, and tissue and tighten and smooth the upper eyelid skin. Then, the incision is closed with sutures. Incisions are often invisible after healing.

Depending on the extent of your procedure, most upper blepharoplasty procedures take approximately 1 to 3 hours.

Upper Lid Surgery Aftercare

Following your upper eyelid lift surgery, you may experience minimal or some pain, discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the eyes. Swelling and variable bruising from the local anesthesia lasts generally one week before resuming major social activities. Residual swelling may continue to resolve for 1-3 weeks.

Though the procedure is not considerably painful, your surgeon may prescribe pain medication or over-the-counter pain reliever, like Tylenol, to alleviate discomfort. You may also use cold compresses or ice packs on the first few days to reduce swelling and discomfort. Be sure to use prescribed eye drops and ointments as directed.

To minimize swelling and bruising, be sure to keep your head elevated when resting, and avoid bending or lifting for the first week. Following upper blepharoplasty, it is essential to wear dark sunglasses to avoid squinting.

After blepharoplasty, there are a few activities you should avoid for approximately 2 to 3 weeks:

  • Strenuous exercise, including running, swimming, aerobics, or heavy lifting
  • Smoking, vaping, or using nicotine products as they can impair healing
  • Rub or touch your eyes vigorously
  • Wear contact lenses
  • Drugs that can increase bleeding, including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or herbal supplements

Plan to take up to 1 to 2 weeks off work. Many patients can return to light work within 10 to 14 days; however, some patients might also experience social downtime that lasts up to 3 weeks.

How Soon Will I See My Upper Blepharoplasty Results?

While patients often feel better after a week, swelling and bruising can cause approximately 1 to 3 weeks of social downtime. Bruising and swelling should resolve in 4 to 14 days, and your results will reveal smoother, younger-looking eyes. Scarring on the eyelid may take months to fade.

Sun protection is essential until your eyes are fully healed to avoid squinting. It’s important to wear dark sunglasses when exposure is unavoidable.

After an upper blepharoplasty, your results are permanent. However, your skin will continue to age, but with proper skincare treatments and thorough sun protection, your upper blepharoplasty results will provide you with a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance for several years.

Schedule Your Upper Blepharoplasty Consultation in New York City Today!

Restore the appearance of your more youthful-looking eyes with upper blepharoplasty in New York City. Schedule your blepharoplasty consultation with Marmur Medical by calling (212) 996-6900 or completing our contact form.

NYC Upper Blepharoplasty FAQs

Your upper blepharoplasty New York City cost is determined by the extent of your treatment areas to achieve your desired results. Following your consultation, you will receive an estimate of your upper blepharoplasty cost.

While you should be able to perform most normal activities in 1 to 2 weeks, avoid strenuous exercises for at least 6 weeks following your upper blepharoplasty.

Following your upper blepharoplasty, you should take at least one week off work. While most patients feel well enough to resume light work after one week, many patients experience a social downtime of 1 to 3 weeks due to residual bruising and swelling following upper blepharoplasty.

After upper blepharoplasty, you will need to wait at least 1 to 3 weeks before wearing eye makeup. You should avoid rubbing your eyes for at least 2 weeks, and your eyes may be very sensitive during this time.