June  2024

Lunchtime Lids- Effortless Eyelid Rejuvenation

Upper blepharoplasty, often referred to as an eyelid lift, is a straightforward and highly effective procedure to rejuvenate the eyes and restore a youthful appearance. One of the remarkable aspects of this surgery is that it can be performed in an office setting under local anesthesia, making it accessible and convenient for many patients. Let’s delve into how upper blepharoplasty can be done simply and easily, the aging process of the upper eyelids, and the specifics of the procedure and recovery.

The Aging Upper Eyelid: First Signs of Facial Aging

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As we age, the upper eyelids often show some of the earliest signs of aging.

Excess skin, hooded eyes, and a heavy-lidded appearance can make the eyes look tired and older than they are. This excess skin affects aesthetics and can impede vision in more severe cases. The skin of the upper eyelid loses elasticity over time, leading to sagging and the development of a hooded eye appearance. This affects both men and women and is a popular option for many men.

Women may experience problems with putting on their makeup which requires them to lift their eyelids to apply makeup manually. In more severe cases, the excess skin can impede vision when looking up. Many patients will constantly raise their eyebrows to see better which leads to deep creasing of the forehead.

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Eyelid Surgery Under Local Anesthesia

One of the most appealing aspects of upper blepharoplasty is its simplicity. The procedure can be performed in a comfortable office setting with only local anesthesia. This means no need for general anesthesia, pain pills, or sedation, which significantly reduces risks and recovery time. Patients remain awake and aware, experiencing minimal discomfort during the procedure.

The Procedure: Precision and Expertise

Upper blepharoplasty is a precise surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and, if necessary, small amounts of fat from the upper eyelids. The process typically involves the following steps:

Local Anesthesia

The surgeon administers local anesthesia to numb the upper eyelids. This ensures the patient feels no pain during the surgery.


A small incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, known as the supra tarsal crease. This strategic placement ensures that the resulting scar is well-hidden and virtually invisible once healed.

Removal of Excess Skin

An ellipse of excess skin is carefully excised. This step is crucial for eliminating the droopy, hooded appearance and achieving a more youthful look.

Fat Removal

For patients with heavy upper eyelids, a conservative amount of fat may be removed from the upper eyelid fat compartments. This reduces the bulkiness without creating a hollow appearance.


The incision is closed with fine sutures, which are removed after about a week.

Quick Recovery 

Recovery from upper blepharoplasty is generally quick and straightforward. Most patients experience minimal bruising and swelling, which subsides within a few days. Here’s what to expect:

Sutures Removal

 The process begins with a consultation to discuss your goals and evaluate your nasal anatomy.

Minimal Discomfort

 Using a fine needle, the practitioner injects the filler and/or Botox into specific areas. The procedure is minimally painful, often requiring only a topical numbing cream.

Back to Normal

Many patients return to their regular activities within a few days, making this procedure extremely convenient for those with busy schedules.

Before and After Eyelid Surgery- Dallas, Texas- Dr. John Burns
Before and After Eyelid Surgery- Dallas, Texas- Dr. John Burns
Before and After Eyelid Surgery- Dallas, Texas- Dr. John Burns
Before and After Eyelid Surgery- Dallas, Texas- Dr. John Burns

Less Than An Hour In The Procedure Room

Upper blepharoplasty can often be completed in less than an hour, it has earned the nickname "lunchtime blepharoplasty." This term underscores just how efficient the procedure is, allowing patients to undergo surgery and return to their daily routines with minimal downtime. The results, however, are long-lasting and significantly enhance the appearance of the eyes, making them look more alert, youthful, and refreshed.

Rejuvenate & Brighten Your Eyes In-office

Upper blepharoplasty is an effective procedure that addresses one of the first signs of facial aging: the sagging and drooping of the upper eyelids. By removing excess skin and, if necessary, small amounts of fat, this procedure can dramatically rejuvenate the eyes and overall facial appearance. The ability to perform the surgery in an office setting under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort and downtime makes it an attractive option for many individuals. With a quick recovery and significant results, upper blepharoplasty offers a straightforward solution to achieving a more youthful and refreshed look. Whether referred to as a "lunchtime blepharoplasty" or simply an upper eyelid lift, this procedure is a testament to the advancements in cosmetic surgery that allow for effective, easy, and minimally invasive treatments.

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