Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery in Denver / Boulder, CO can remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids, improving the appearance of puffiness and creasing that contribute to a tired and aged facial appearance.

About upper blepharoplasty

The upper eyelid surgery procedure takes about 30 minutes and can be done with local anesthesia in an office setting or in an operating room with I.V. sedation. During surgery, Boulder oculoplastic surgeon Dr. McCracken makes a small incision hidden in the natural eyelid fold to remove excess skin and fat in order to restore a more youthful appearance. The incision is designed to be hidden within the natural fold of the eyelid to minimize visible scarring. Once the desired corrections have been made, your incisions will be closed using sutures.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Prior to your surgery, Dr. McCracken and his team will give you detailed instructions about aftercare following your upper blepharoplasty. Instructions will include how to care for the surgical site and incisions, pain medications that may be used to handle discomfort, and when you may resume normal activity.

Postoperative discomfort after upper eyelid surgery is minimal, and most patients can expect to return to normal activities within a week. Stitches are removed at a postoperative visit, usually about a week after the procedure, and most patients can resume wearing makeup and contacts at that time.

Upper eyelid surgery can help…

Video: Upper Eyelid Rejuvenation

Dr. McCracken discusses upper eyelid surgery and shares the story of one of his Denver patients.


Upper eyelid surgery can help minimize the appearance of bagginess and puffiness in the upper eyebrow region, giving you a younger, fresher appearance. Upper can also:


  • Remove loose and sagging skin that creates folds and “hooding” around the eyes
  • Remove excess fatty deposits that cause puffiness
  • Improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the upper eyelids
  • Make your eyes look refreshed and rejuvenated

Upper eyelid surgery is often combined with a brow lift or lower eyelid surgery.

How can I learn more about upper eyelid surgery?

Dr. McCracken will meet with you to assess your individual situation and discuss upper eyelid surgery in Denver, Colorado. Request an appointment online or call the McCracken Eye and Face Institute today to schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Michael McCracken in his Parker, Colorado or Boulder, Colorado location.

FAQs About Upper Eyelid Surgery

What is an upper eyelid surgery?

An upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a surgery that involves removing excess upper eyelid skin and/or fat in order to give the eyes a more youthful appearance.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

Dr. McCracken prefers to perform upper blepharoplasty in a controlled setting in a surgery center. This allows an anesthesiologist to administer medication intravenously to keep you comfortable. General anesthesia is almost never necessary for this procedure. On some occasions and in select patients, blepharoplasty surgery may be performed in the office with only local anesthetic injection.

Where are the incisions made?

Upper eyelid surgery incisions are hidden in the upper eyelid crease.

What is laser blepharoplasty?

Laser blepharoplasty refers to the use of CO2 laser to make the incisions and perform the dissection. Dr. McCracken uses CO2 laser in some cases and also uses electrocautery and conventional steel instruments in others. In experienced hands, there is no difference between the end results each method provides. If you prefer a given technique, please let Dr. McCracken know and he will make arrangements to honor your request.

What is the recovery period like?

Patients need to be prepared for one to two weeks of bruising and swelling. Using ice packs for the first few days can help decrease the amount of bruising and swelling. Dr. McCracken will prescribe antibiotic ointment for you to place in your eyes and on your sutures for the first week. Patients are asked to refrain from heavy lifting, exercise, and getting the eyes wet for the first week.

Will insurance pay for my upper eyelid surgery?

Some insurance providers will sometimes cover upper blepharoplasty if a number of strict criteria are met. In these cases, the excess skin must be hanging down into the patient’s vision enough to be causing significant visual compromise. This visual compromise must be demonstrated by both photography and visual field testing.

Eyelid Rejuvenation – Blepharoplasty


Dr. McCracken describes the signs of aging and how a procedure such as blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the face.


Upper Eyelid Surgery Testimonial