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 a double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon. Dr. Brackup is both an ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon, 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. An upper eyelid lift by Dr. Brackup can refresh and rejuvenate your eyes for a more awake and youthful appearance.
Upper Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Younger and much more refreshed version of me - A few years ago I started researching an upper blepharoplasty. Once I found Dr. Brackup, I knew without a doubt I had the right doctor. I only needed to find the right timing. Fast forward a few years, I went to see him again for an upper bleph only, then asked to come back and discuss a lower bleph, then asked to come back in again to ask his opinion about an S Lift. He was kind, supportive and very willing to see me each time despite his busy schedule. At 45, I felt my face was suddenly aging quickly and I wanted to catch things before too long and make the most of it. I decided to do all three procedures and as scary as it was, it was the best decision I could have made. I still feel that way a year and a half later. Dr Brackup, his nurses (Michelle included), couldn’t have made the process any easier for me and I never imagined I’d be this happy with my results. I look like myself only a younger and much more refreshed version of me. Dr. Brackup is known for creating a natural look and he achieved that. He was also able to even out my very uneven eyebrows with light Botox. When I went back in to see him for one of my follow ups and I asked about any other treatments, he very politely told me I don’t need to do anything else. That’s just one example showing that it’s clear that his goal is what’s best for the patient and not his bottom line. As it turns, out my neighbor went to him 10 years ago for surgery and my mother loved my results so much she had an upper bleph done too. He has a great reputation in the area there’s no question as to why. I trust him implicitly and am now a patient for life. I can’t imagine trusting anyone else."- C. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2022
"I met with Dr. Brackup in April and scheduled my procedure in mid-June. Dr. Brackup and his team were always very attentive and answered questions I didn’t even know I had! It has been 2 months since the upper eye lift and lower laser treatment for the bags & discoloration under my eyes and I could not be happier with the result. My friends continue to comment on how natural I look while looking years younger. I was advised on how the progress would look and feel week by week so I knew exactly what to expect with the recovery. I am almost to the point where I no longer need makeup to cover the healing areas. Best money I’ve ever spent on myself!!"- J.C. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2022
"I am so happy that I chose Dr Brackup for my lower face and neck lift . I also had an upper eye lift and under eye laser work . He deserves the wonderful reputation that he has . I look just like myself but better . I do not look like I have had a lot “work “ done . The whole staff in hospital and back in the office are caring,knowledgeable and professional. I really trusted them all and was not disappointed!,, "- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 17, 2023
"I had upper/lower eyelid blepharoplasty with lower lid laser skin resurfacing. Everyone in the office is very professional and friendly. They are very prompt with your appointments, no unnecessary waiting. I just had my last follow up appointment yesterday and I am completely amazed and happy with results. The took the final picture and placed it next to the before picture and I was surprised how much of a difference there was. It was hard for me to honestly see it because I have been dealing with being told how tired I look, how unattractive I look and how angry I look due to the circles under my eyes since I was 15. I am 61 now so my brain is so conditioned to believe I look a certain way. Recovery was not bad and Dr Brackup and the staff were always available if I had any questions or needed to see them. Highly recommend. Also, they are truthful with you about the results you can expect based on you, your skin, your circumstances and expectations. "- L.H. / Healthgrades / Aug 18, 2023
"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
The most common problem with the upper eyelid is excess skin that droops and hangs, causing difficulty with makeup application and producing a tired, aged look. Dr. Brackup will create an incision along the natural fold of the eyelid and any excess fat and tissue will be sculpted to remove any bulges. Once done, excess skin will also be trimmed and the incision will be closed with fine sutures.
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 above the eyes are their most objectionable concern. This is a tell-tale sign of aging that most patients will not even recognize. We frequently use fat or hyaluronic acid fillers 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 under the brows and in the crow’s feet to give an ‘eyelid lift’ and 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.
Some patients may be candidates to have the upper lids corrected in our in-office surgical suite. On average, it takes less than one hour to complete the operation. We will provide you with a medication to relax you and you will be given local anesthesia before the procedure begins. You may also choose to have the procedure in our accredited facility under monitored sedation. General anesthesia is not required. You will be able to recover at home. For the first few days, there may be swelling and discoloration around the area. It is advised that your head is elevated for the first few days. Although postoperative discomfort is minimal, pain medications will be prescribed post operatively. We will also provide you with a regimen of vitamins and supplements to take pre and post operatively to reduce the incidence of bruising and swelling. Strenuous activities must also be restricted for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
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Upper Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Eyelid surgery, whether upper or lower, generally does not cause visible scarring. This is because Dr. Brackup 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. It is critical that the correct amount of skin is removed during surgery. Dr. Brackup has performed thousands of these procedures, and you can rely on his expertise and experience to remove the “right” amount. You should adhere to care instructions prescribed by Dr. Brackup and staff to minimize any risks as the eyes can be sensitive after surgery. Patients must always take precaution of protecting the eyes from the sun 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. We describe the results as a “crisper, cleaner, neater” look.