How Do I Get Rid of Upper Eyelid Fat?

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Upper Eyelid Fat Removal

Surgical removal of upper eyelid fat, or puffy upper eyelids, is best performed through an eyelid crease incision as part of the blepharoplasty procedure.  Caution should be taken to not excise too much fat as you can look 'hollowed' out our have the appearance of deeper eye sockets. 

Austin Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Upper Eyelid

Natural fullness of the upper eyelid is a youthful look. A bulging fat pad from the inside of the upper eyelid is a sign of aging. Removal of this fat pad is usually performed with the traditional upper eyelid surgery. Central fat pad is minimally removed.  The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or iv sedation.  However, if it only a medially fat pad concern and there is no significant skin redundancy this can be approached from the inside of the upper eyelid.

Robert W. Sheffield, MD
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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How Do I get Rid of Upper Eyelid Fat?

I recommend that you consult with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has proven experience and expertise with eyelid work.  Based upon the surgeon's findings, he/she can evaluate your areas of concern and determine if an upper blepharoplasty is truly right for you.

Vu Ho, MD
Plano Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Full Upper Eyelids with Excess Fat

If your upper eyelids are too puffy the best answer is generally an upper blepharoplasty where the appropriate amount of skin and fat is removed.  In our practice the surgery is performed in a fully approved operating room with twilight sedation performed by a team of board certified anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.

The key to great cosmetic surgery, especially around the eyes, is to obtain improvement with a very natural result.  You should not look like you had your eyelids "done".  You should just look refreshed, younger, and more attractive.

I would suggest that you speak to a cosmetic surgeon who is experienced with eyelid surgery and discuss your goals and options.

Marc Cohen, MD
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Upper eyelid blepharoplasty for fat removal

The best and most common procedure for fat removal from the upper eyelids is blepharoplasty. It takes about 45 minutes to perform, can be done with straight local anesthesia and usually gives a beautiful result in a relatively short time. See an eyelid specialist (oculoplastic surgeon) to evaluate your problem in person and to determine the appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific issue.

James R. Gordon, MD, FACS, FAAO
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Upper Eyelid Incision to Remove Fat Pads

It’s not unusual for patients who are aging to have excess eyelid skin associated with prominent fat pads.  This not only makes the eyelids look heavy but also makes the patient look tired.  For these reasons, patients often request upper eyelid blepharoplasty.

This procedure is performed through an upper eyelid incision and removes excess skin and fat collections.  The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia.  Patients typically recover in about 5 to 7 days following surgery.

Patients who undergo this procedure often look younger, rested, and more energetic.  For this reason, the procedure has high patient satisfaction.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Upper blepharoplasty to get rid of upper eyelid fat and loose skin

The plastic surgery procedure to remove upper eyelid fat and loose skin or hooding of the eyelids is called an upper blepharoplasty.

The upper blepharoplasty can be done with a scalpel although a modern approach uses the laser blepharoplasty to remove upper eyelid aft and loose skin.

The operation is fairly simple and straight forward if done by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Recovery is not painful and usually consists of time for swelling and bruising to go away. Typically, after laser upper blepharoplasty swelling and bruising are gone in 10 days to two weeks at most.

See an upper and lower laser blepharoplasty example.

Blepharoplasty for upper eyelid fullness

Surgical blepharoplasty - or eyelid surgery - is a surgical excision of the excess skin of the upper eyelid. Sometimes small amounts of fat are also removed from the upper eyelids - but carefully so as not to leave the upper eyelids too thin or hollow. Eyelid surgery can be done in the office under local anesthesia. The recovery is about 5-7 days. Sometimes blepharoplasty is combined with laser skin resurfacing or chemical peel to tighten skin and smooth wrinkles and lines.

Elizabeth F. Rostan, MD
Charlotte Dermatologist
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Due to the delicate anatomy in this area, we generally...

Due to the delicate anatomy in this area, we generally advise a surgical approach to fat removal. Non surgical methods such as mesotherapy are dangerous around the eye and should generally be avoided.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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You need a blepharoplasty (or, eyelid surgery) with a...

You need a blepharoplasty (or, eyelid surgery) with a conservative fat excision. Nothing else will get rid of the extra fat from the upper eyelid.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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