Upper eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) is designed to remove unsightly excess skin from the upper eyelids and to re-contour the shape of the eyes for a younger appearance. Dr. Alan Brackup of Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA is double board-certified in cosmetic surgery and ophthalmology. Dr. Brackup also has training and experience in oculoplastic surgery, which gives him an advantage when working on the delicate skin around the eyes during upper eyelid surgery. Upper eyelid surgery can eliminate puffiness that makes your face look tired or sad, but it can also improve your vision when the loose skin is removed. An upper eyelid lift by Dr. Brackup can refresh and rejuvenate your eyes for a more awake and youthful appearance.
"My search was over after being referred to Dr. Brackup!!!. My son's wedding was coming up in August, 2016. My eyes were horrible .When I smiled you saw know eye's. I met one surgeon that was scared to remove the lower bags. How would that look? Didn't make sense. With Time running out by chance I when to a new hairdresser, that had her eyes done and look beautiful. Even though Dr. had a busy schedule,he made it a point to fit me in for June 28th. I was assured my eye's would look beautiful by August 20th. Dr. Brackup was right. I had Upper and lower procedures done. Dr. sculpted my eyes to compliment my high cheek bones. They are beautiful. At 60 years old I look twenty years younger!! Dr. Brackup and his entire staff were kind and honestly the best experience I ever had. He is gifted with hands of gold. He only works from the neck up and is a oculoplastic surgeon. My confident's is through the roof. I walk with my head high for the first time in a very long time. Thank you, Dr. Brackup for setting this butterfly free!! Before pictures click on Rosemarie P. Thanks"- R.P. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2017
"Better than amazing! - I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Brackup. From the moment I met him, I felt instantly comfortable. He is very personable, professional and knowledgeable. The office staff was awesome as well. The morning of the surgery I thought, “what am I doing?” Well, I made one of the most lifechanging desisions ever and am estatic. Filling surgery, Dr. Brackup and his staff provided me with all..."- N. / RealSelf / Jan 19, 2018
"I was unhappy with the sagging skin on my neck and face and had been looking for a solution for a long time. I was reluctant to go "under the knife" -- it just seemed so frightening. I also struggled with the stigma surrounding a face lift. But then I met Dr Brackup and his nurse Michele. They both have a way of making you feel comfortable and cared for. Dr Brackup listened to my concerns and assured me he could give me the results I was looking for. He kept telling me ...how happy I would be. I felt immediate trust. Michele is a gem, and always there to answer questions or address concerns."- M.W. / Facebook / Jan 10, 2018
"You are in the best care with Dr Brackup and staff - I was unhappy with the sagging skin on my neck and face and had been looking for a solution for a long time. I was reluctant to go "under the knife" -- it just seemed so frightening. I also struggled with the stigma surrounding a face lift. But then I met Dr Brackup and his nurse Michele. They both have a way of making you feel comfortable and cared for. Dr Brackup listened to my concerns..."- M. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2018
"Better than I expected!! - Dr. Brackup is an amazing an incredibly skilled surgeon. I have been going to his office for years for different laser procedures but knew when it came time to have blepharoplasty there would be no doubt who would be doing it. I had upper and lower blepharoplasty and full face CO2 laser done 3 weeks ago and the results are even better than I ever imagined. The office is beautiful and his staff..."- L. / RealSelf / Jan 08, 2018
The most common problem with the upper eyelid is excess skin that droops and hangs over the eyes leaving a unappealing look. The doctor will create an incision along the natural fold of the eyelid and extract any excess fat and tissue to remove any bulges. Once done, excess skin will also be trimmed and the cut will be closed with fine sutures. There are cases when fat tissues are only repositioned instead of excised.
For some individuals, nonsurgical eyelid rejuvenation is a better choice than an operative procedure. Factors such as individual anatomy, health, lifestyle and finances may all lead one to this approach rather than surgery. Fortunately , we can often achieve astounding results using nonsurgical alternatives. There are multiple approaches we take, tailoring a treatment plan to each individual patient.
- For many patients, the dark hollows under the eyes are their most objectionable concern. Here, we frequently use fillers such as Restylane to achieve immediate and dramatic improvement, with no downtime. Don’t believe it ? Check out our before and after gallery.
Botox and Dysport
- Frequently, we will add Botox or Dysport to the eyelids and crow’s feet to soften lines. Either by themselves, or in concert with fillers, the results can be remarkable. A natural softening of the appearance of aging.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
The use of lasers has been an important addition to our armamentarium of nonsurgical eyelid enhancement over the past 20 years. The multiple lasers we use can achieve significant tightening of eyelid skin, with resultant improvement in wrinkles as well. A very high tech solution to a difficult problem, again without any surgery involved.
Eyelid surgery is performed with sedation. If the procedure involves both upper and lower eyelids, the surgeon will typically manage the upper eyelid first. On average, it takes 1 – 2 hours to complete the operation. The patient will be sent home for recovery. For the first few days, there will be swelling and discoloration around the area. It is advised that the head is elevated for the first few days. Pain medications and topical antibiotics will be prescribed to manage the initial discomfort. Strenuous activities must also be restricted.
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Upper Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Eyelid surgery, whether upper or lower, generally does not cause visible scarring. This is because the surgeon takes great care to ensure that the incisions are made within the natural lines and folds of the eyes. Once the surgical healing has passed, the incisions will not be noticeable even to the naked eye.
Complications and irritations after surgery are rare. Patients must strictly adhere to care instructions prescribed by the surgeon to minimize any risks of infection as the eyes can be sensitive after surgery. Patients must always take precaution of protecting the eyes from the sun and wind during the first few weeks of recovery.
Blepharoplasty not only corrects a cosmetic issue, but a functional one as well. Many patients with excess hanging skin on their upper eyelid are able to regain normal vision after surgery. For many, simply applying makeup without maneuvering around the excess skin is refreshing in and of itself.
Goals of Eyelid Surgery?
Recontouring is the key to a successful result. For the upper lids, this most often involves removing the excess skin that is drooping down and removing some of the puffiness in the orbital area.