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Local Anesthesia Procedure: Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper Blepharoplasty

Local Anesthesia Procedure: Upper BlepharoplastyUpper eyelid blepharoplasty is a commonly performed cosmetic surgery. It is often performed in combination with brow lift, especially when done for aesthetic reasons. Blepharoplasty may be performed for functional purposes as well, such as to remove loose skin that inhibits vision.

Eyelid lift is focused on removing excess fat pads. It helps in creating a centrally positioned eyelid without any skin draping or hooding. Hooding refers to a condition in which excess skin begins hanging over the eye rim.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides upper blepharoplasty local anesthesia procedure to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding communities.

Purpose of an Upper Eyelid Lift

Droopy and excessive eyelid skin occurs because of loss of elastin fibers and collagen due to age. Eyebrows may fall because of a loss of a collagen. It may also cause the eyelid skin to lose its tautness. Overall facial skin may also begin drooping.

Vision obstruction and other issues may occur because of excess skin in the upper lid. This is why upper eyelid blepharoplasty corrects both function and form of the eyelids. The procedure can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, like lower eyelid blepharoplasty, brow lift or facelift.

Surgical Procedure

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes both excess fat and skin. However, special care is taken to preserve maximum amount of tissue in order to maintain the youthfulness of the eyes. Your surgeon will manually manipulate the eyelid area for determining the extent of skin that needs to be removed.

Once the lid is marked and the excision is planned, the surgeon will apply local anesthesia to the area. They will also cover the eyes with protective shields during the surgery. Fat and skin will then be removed after making an incision. This will be done through a laser device or a cautery. Your eyelid will be repositioned to a higher location before closing the incisions.

The goal of this procedure is to create a sculpted looking upper lid with subtle fullness and a visible pretarsal strip. The fullness will be along the lateral upper lid-brow complex.

Suitable Candidacy

Upper lid blepharoplasty is recommended for individuals desiring an aesthetic improvement. The procedure can improve eyelid volume and reposition a low-positioned upper eyelid fold. It is suitable for candidates with excess skin covering the natural folds or loose skin hanging down over the eyelashes.

Upper lid blepharoplasty is not recommended for candidates younger than 18 years of age or with keloid scarring and tight facial skin. It is not recommended for patients with prior eye trauma, vision surgery, thyroid disease, blepharitis, and glaucoma as well.


You will be advised to rest after getting your upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Post operative pain and swelling can be reduced using over the counter medicines and cool compresses. You will be asked to sleep in an inclined position and not read or watch anything for the first 24 hours. Cosmetic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for upper blepharoplasty local anesthesia procedure.

Contact Virginia Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sundin Today for a Consultation

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

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