Upper Blepharoplasty Before and After Photos
This page provides before and after photographs of actual patients who have had eyelid surgery by Dr. Kapadia in the Boston area. Photos are only shown with a patient's permission.
Of course, these photos should be considered a reference and not a prediction for how you will look after surgery. If you search the internet, there are thousands of photos available at surgeon's websites, but most are quite small and it is difficult to notice much of a difference after surgery. In many other cases, the lighting or the amount of makeup a patient is wearing is totally different in the two pictures making for an unfair comparison. All the before and after surgery photos shown here were taken under similar lighting conditions without any manipulation, aside from cropping and changing the overall size. As you look at other surgeon's photos on the web, you will see how many plastic surgeons present their results in a less than honest manner.
Additional information about different types of surgery for droopy eyelids including blepharoplasty, ptosis repair and brow lift is available in the information section of this website.A unique aspect to the photos here is a discussion of each case narrated by Dr. Kapadia, commenting on what he thinks worked well and what could be improved further. Use this discussion to gain an understanding of his sense of eyelid aesthetics and how he thinks about patient care.
Patient 1 - Before and after upper eyelid blepharoplasty
Discussion: Upper blepharoplasty surgery can make a dramatic improvement in a patient's appearance. These photographs show a woman in her upper 30s with a moderate amount of excess upper eyelid skin. The excess skin weighs down her upper eyelids and causes her to have a melancholic, tired appearance. She is unable to wear eye makeup because the excess skin extends down to her eyelash line. After surgery, her eyes open wider and there is a good platform above the eyelashes to apply eye makeup. Notice that the patient does not look "surgical". Without seeing her before surgery photos, it would be very difficult to tell that she has had any eyelid surgery.
Patient 1 (same as previous) - Before and after upper eyelid blepharoplasty, full face photos
Discussion: These photos show the full face of the patient in the prior set of photos. Notice how surgery on the upper eyelids alone can really improve the overall appearance of a person's face. After surgery, her eyes open wider, making her look less tired. The excess eyelid skin also causes a melancholic expression which is dramatically improved after surgery. Note how she looks happier in the after photo even though her facial expression is almost identical.
Patient 2 - Before and after upper eyelid blepharoplasty
Discussion: These photographs show a woman in her mid 40s with a moderate amount of excess upper eyelid skin. As seen in the previous set of photos, the excess skin causes a tired appearance and weighs down her upper eyelids. After eyelid surgery, her eyes open wider and she has a more awake, youthful appearance. Again notice that the patient does not look "surgical".
Patient 3 - Before and after upper eyelid blepharoplasty
Discussion: Blepharoplasty surgery can make a dramatic difference for men as well as women. These photographs show a male patient in his early 60s. The excess eyelid skin overhangs his eyelid margin, obscuring his eyelashes and blocking his peripheral vision. The droopy eyelids give him an angry, tired, melancholic appearance. After surgery he looks alert and refreshed and looks more happy. When there is a significant loss of peripheral vision, upper eyelid surgery is considered medical (not cosmetic) and is frequently covered by medical insurance. This patient noted a dramatic improvement in his peripheral vision after surgery in addition to an improved appearance.
Patient 3 (same as previous) - Before and after upper eyelid blepharoplasty, full face photo
Discussion: Note how much more awake and refreshed he looks after surgery.
Patient 4 - Before and after upper eyelid blepharoplasty
Discussion: These photographs show a woman in her late 50s with excess upper eyelid skin. She has a tired, angry appearance because of excess upper eyelid skin. She is unable to wear eye makeup because of the skin overhanging her eyelid margin. After surgery, she has a younger, more alert look and a good platform on which to apply eye makeup. She no longer looks angry. On close inspection, there is a mild amount of asymmetry after surgery, related to asymmetry in the height of the eyebrows. (The left brow droops slightly compared to the right, both before and after surgery). This could be addressed with a small revision procedure if desired.
Patient 4 (same as previous) - Before and after upper eyelid blepharoplasty, full face photo
Discussion: Note how much happier the patient looks after surgery, even though her facial expression is exactly the same.
Upper blepharoplasty surgery can be performed alone, or in conjunction with lower blepharoplasty surgery. Learn more about different surgeries for droopy eyelids, as well as the cost of upper blepharoplasty in the information section of this website.