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.
Upper Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Considering Lower Blepharoplasty for Under Eye Bags - Philadelphia, PA - Have read mixed reviews about eyelid surgery. Considering lower blepharoplasty or other options to address the tired all the time look. I don't want to look fake - just awake. Live in Bucks County Pa so NJ and Philadelphia are both options. Consultations scheduled with Dr. Allen Wulc in Plymouth Meeting, PA and Dr, Judith Lavrich in Newtown, PA. Does anyone have experience with either of these docs? Recommendation for someone else? Prefer an Opthalmalogist to perform surgery not a general plastic surgeon."- W. / RealSelf / Mar 20, 2013
"Thrilled with Result - Face Lift,neck Lift,top and Bottom of Eyes - Langhorne, PA - Very caring doctor!"- T. / RealSelf / May 08, 2013
"Love Juvederm Under my Eyes - Langhorne, PA - I cannot say enough about the way the employees treat me in Dr. Brackup's office. His front administrative staff is welcoming, accommodating and beyond nice. His nurses are warm, knowledgeable and make you feel extremely comfortable whether its your first time in the office or you've been a patient for 10 years! Dr. Brackup is professional and caring and always goes out of his way to please his patients, not to mention his knowledge and expertise with injectables! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS OFFICE TO ANYONE WHO LIVES IN THIS AREA."- L. / RealSelf / Jul 26, 2013
"Endoscopic Brow Lift and Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty -Female 59 Yrs Old - Langhorne, PA - Dr. Brackup is an artist who takes the time to explain everything and did a great job. I was recommended by a friend to him and I also would certainly recommend him."- D. / RealSelf / Aug 12, 2014
"65 Years Old, Injectables - Newtown, PA - I have been seeing Dr. B for a few months. I have to say, in all honesty, that he KNOWS what he is doing as far as injections (restylane, botox, juvederm). I have had other Drs. inject me, but they never really got it like Dr. B. He reshaped my crooked lips, and injected me with botox & later restylane for frown lines. It takes a special skill to inject filler b/t the eyes, and you have to be careful. Not, with Dr. B. He is a true artist and someone whom I feel safe with. The staff is also very nice."- T. / RealSelf / Sep 14, 2015
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.