Upper Eyelid Surgery – Dr. Jill Hessler, MD
Serving Patients in San Jose, Palo Alto, San Francisco and the Surrounding Areas

For upper eyelid surgery the redundant eyelid skin is removed. This is performed on all blepharoplasty surgery procedures. Then Dr. Hessler tailors the surgery to your individual needs. Occasionally a small amount of eyelid muscle is removed to create a more defined eyelid. If there is protruding fat into the upper eyelid then this can be excised. Dr. Hessler takes a very conservative approach in fat removal. As we study beauty and a youthful appearance we've learned that a softer contour around the bone of the eye without redundant eyelid skin gives the most natural and refreshed appearance to the eyes without creating an overoperated or surgical look.

The incision for the upper eyelid surgery is performed in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This helps to allow the incision to heal and be barely noticeable. Due to the quality of the delicate eyelid skin these incisions generally heal very well. In men the blepharoplasty eyelid incision is placed closer to the eyelid lash line. This helps maintain a masculine look while still rejuvenating the perioccular area. Blepharoplasty or eyelift is one of the most common male plastic surgery procedures performed.

Upper Eyelid Lift with Dr. Jill Hessler

The eyelid surgery is performed at our Palo Alto Surgery center located on El Camino Real across from Stanford University. The blepharoplasty surgery is performed with local anesthesia and some sedation if desired by the individual patient. Dr. Hessler customizes her approach for each Palo Alto / San Jose eyelid surgery patient depending on the desires and the surgical plan each patient discusses prior to surgery. Some patients desire to be completely asleep for the surgery while others want to be awake but free from any pain. We can accommodate both requests at our Palo Alto Surgery Center.

The eyelid lift procedure generally takes about one hour to perform. Following the surgery you will be attended to in our recovery facility in Palo Alto until you feel fit to go home. You will need a driver to take you home following your eyelid surgery. While recovering at home you should refrain from any strenuous activity for one week. You likely will have some swelling and bruising after your blepharoplasty procedure. Keeping ice on your eyes for the first 48-72 hours will help limit these side effects.