Upper Eyelid Lifts
Do you have extra skin in your upper eyelids which makes you look older than you feel? Do you have bulging of fat from the inner corner of your upper eyelids? If the answer to either of these questions is yes then Dr. John McCann from the Center For Facial Appearances may be able to help with upper eyelid surgery.
The eyes and eyelids are the center of facial appearances, and eyelid surgery is the most critical and detailed type of facial plastic surgery. Excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids can make one look old and tired. A well done upper blepharoplasty is the smallest amount of cosmetic surgery that can have a big impact on ones appearance.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is performed through a cosmetic hidden lid crease incision allowing the surgeon to reshape the contours of the upper eyelid. Removal of redundant skin allows makeup to be used more effectively and brings out the natural beauty of the human eye.
With his training as an eye and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. McCann is truly a cosmetic eyelid specialist. Experience counts and Dr. McCann has a great deal of experience with eyelid surgery as he performs over 1,000 eyelid procedures per year. Dr. McCann has been the keynote speaker at numerous national and international meetings discussing his experience in cosmetic eyelid surgery. Trust you eyelid surgery to the best. Set up a consultation with Dr. McCann at the Center For Facial Appearances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my insurance pay for eyelid surgery?
Insurance will often pay for eyelid surgery that is performed to improve your vision. For instance, if your upper eyelids are drooping and this is blocking your vision, your insurance company may pay for upper eyelid surgery. If the upper eyelids are blocking vision, insurance companies require a visual field test be obtained to demonstrate that the eyelids block the peripheral vision and that the vision is improved by elevating the eyelids. If your lower eyelids are droopy and this is causing eye irritation or watering of the eyes, your insurance company may pay for correction of this problem. Insurance companies typically require that the medical need be documented with photographs which are reviewed by the insurance company during the preauthorization process. Some problems like fat bags in the upper lid do not affect vision and are never paid for by insurance companies. Other problems like excess skin in the upper eyelids affect vision when severe enough and are paid for by insurance companies when photographs and visual fields document a medical need for the surgery. The Center for Facial Appearances is glad to act as your advocate to help get your insurance company to pay for medically necessary procedures. Many of the procedures we perform are done only to improve appearances and these cosmetic procedures are not paid for by your insurance company. One of the goals of a consultation with the doctor at the Center for Facial Appearances is to determine what procedures you may benefit from and to inform you on costs associated with those procedures.
Can ptosis of the upper eyelid or droopy lower eyelids that cause eye irritation be addressed at the same time that cosmetic eyelid surgery is performed?
Yes. It is very common for patients to have surgery done to improve function at the same time that cosmetic surgery is done. The portion of the surgery that is done to improve eyelid function may be covered by your insurance company.
Is an incision made in the skin when performing upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery?
Yes. In nearly all cases of upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery there is excess skin in the upper eyelids. Removal of this excess skin is only possible with an incision in the upper eyelid. Fortunately the skin of the upper eyelid is some of the thinnest skin in the body and typically heals with little or no scarring. Furthermore, the incision site can be hidden in the fold of the upper eyelid allowing the incision to be hidden while healing. We often use absorbing sutures that do not require removal.
Is fat removed from the upper eyelids when upper eyelid blepharoplasty is performed?
The tendency is to leave as much fullness in the upper eyelids as possible. Removal of too much fat from the upper eyelids can give one a hollow appearance that is not desirable. Often the fat pad in the upper eyelid adjacent to the nose is bulging forward and is reduced in size at the time of upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery. This is done conservatively to get rid of the bulge without causing a hollow appearance.
Can the eyebrows be lifted or the lines between the eyebrows removed with upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery?
Yes. Please see the portion on this web site about cosmetic eyebrow lift surgery and forehead lift surgery.
Who needs an upper eyelid lift versus an eyebrow or forehead lift?
Please see the portion on this web site about cosmetic eyebrow and forehead lift surgery.
If I have an upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery will I be able to close my eyes afterwards?
The upper eyelids are central to form and to visual function. Removal of too much skin from the upper eyelids does not look natural and causes problems with lid closure. Dr. McCann is an expert in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery which is why he is acutely aware of the need for the lids to look normal as well as function normally after cosmetic eyelid surgery. The most serious complications of facial cosmetic surgery from both a cosmetic and a function standpoint occur during eyelid surgery. Many patients come to the Center for Facial Appearances for facial cosmetic surgery because of the training, expertise, and experience of Dr. McCann in performing cosmetic eyelid surgery as well as facial plastic surgery.
What is involved in recovery from eyelid surgery?
Recovery varies on the exact procedure performed and the individual patient. Generally, eyelid surgery results in bruising and swelling of the eyelids. We ask that patients plan on being at home on the day of surgery and two additional days. During these first days ice is applied to the eyelids to reduce bruising and swelling. After the third day most patients can drive a car and get about without much difficulty. We ask that patients avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for two weeks after the procedure. Most patients will wear sunglasses for 2-3 weeks to hide bruising and swelling. The Center for Facial Appearances will provide you with detailed written instructions prior to your procedure.
What is double eyelid surgery?
Asian patients have slightly different anatomy than occidental patients. Some Asian patients are born with a fold in the upper eyelid and others are not. When the fold is present, it is called a double eyelid. The fold in the upper eyelid of Asian patients is much nearer to the eyelashes than it is in the occidental eyelid. It is often said that Asian patients wish to have their eyelids westernized. In our experience, Asian patients seeking double lid surgery want their eyelids to look like those Asian patients that are born with a fold in the eyelid and do not wish to have their eyelids look like occidental or western eyelids. This form of cosmetic eyelid surgery is performed at the Center for Facial Appearances. If you are considering this type of surgery it is very useful to bring a photograph of a model with eyelids with the appearance you hope to achieve.
Can eyelid surgery cause complications?
Yes. All medical procedures have some risk. You should discuss the risk of complications with your doctor prior to surgery so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. Many patients select the Center for Facial Appearances for their surgery because they believe that the risk of complication with cosmetic eyelid surgery may be less when the procedure is performed by a surgeon with special training in plastic surgery of the eyelids who is experienced in performing these procedures.
Dr. McCann offers additional cosmetic surgery procedures. Learn more about them.