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“Can I Get an Upper Eyelid Lift in the Office?”

Many patients would prefer to have and upper eyelid lift (or blepharoplasty) in the office – for convenience, comfort, and cost reasons. This is a great procedure to do if you are looking to improve the “tired” look or wish to remove excessive skin and fat above the eyes. Women tell me that it is time for this surgery when they have to pull up the extra skin with their other hand just to put on eye shadow! That’s where a “upper bleph” can help.

In the office, we make the patient comfortable with pain medication and something to keep them calm, though the patient is awake during the entire procedure. Lidocaine injection is used to completely numb the skin prior to the surgery. The skin and fat is removed and sutures are placed. Typically, patients will have about 3-5 days of swelling and some minimal bruising. Makeup can be applied after that point. The stitches come out at about 5-7 days, and then scar management continues after that.

This is a terrific surgery for improving the overall aesthetics of the eyes. For more information about upper eyelid lift procedures, please visit