VIP International Plastic Surgery Center in KOREA - Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper eyelid surgery

The structure of the eye is divided into the upper and lower eyelid, and is the censorship is the space between both eyelid limbus.

The upper eyelid is composed of subcutaneous fat, orbicularis oculi muscle, orbital fat, tarsus, levator palpebrae superioris muscle, Muller’s muscle and cornea. Each component has a proper and important role and different characteristics according to race, age and sex. Therefore, only when understanding such anatomical characteristics and physiological function of each component can the upper eyelid surgery obtain satisfactory results.

What is the upper eyelid surgery?

With aging comes droopy skin, medial and lateral canthus folds, narrow range of vision and skin maceration, which are inevitable natural phenomena. In addition, the bulging orbital fat may cause some phenomena, such as sagging eyelids, blepharoptosis and senile extrophy of the eyelid.

Thus, the upper eyelid surgery corrects deformation on the upper eyelid in order to reduce inconvenience and appear younger and more comfortable.

Upper eyelid surgery process?
The width to be removed is decided when the patient opens his/her eyes while sitting. The desired crease line or removal line is designed, and the amount of fat and the removal of orbicularis oculi muscle are decided, if necessary.
The size of the crease is decided according to the facial feature and patient’s desire. The process is as follows in the respective order: anesthesia, removal of skin, treatment of orbicularis oculi muscle, treatment of orbital fat and trauma suture.

As the forehead muscle is contracted to raise the droopy eyelids when opening the eyes, there occur the wrinkles on the forehead. The droopy eyebrows make the skin sag more in many cases.

The removal of only the sagging skin results in narrowing the space between the eyebrow and the crease, so the eyebrows may be pulled lower, even though the crease gets bigger.

In such case, the eyebrows can be lifted through the forehead lift surgery in order to maintain the distance between the eyebrow and the crease. Currently, there are various methods, of which is decided based on the aging and anatomical structure of the patients.

The upper eyelid surgery is practiced for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes (eyesight disturbance, generation of wrinkles on the glabella and the forehead, skin maceration) when the droopy eyelids are not aesthetically pleasing.

It takes three or four weeks for the swelling to go down completely and the shape to become natural. For individuals in their late thirties to the early sixties with less severe cases of droopy skin, the recovery is quick and the scar is minimized after the resection of skin below the eyebrow. The thin skin in the eyelid region remains, and the thick skin below the eyebrow is removed, so that the eyes become more beautiful and natural.