Do I Need Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty is the official medical term for eyelid surgery, including both upper and lower eyelid surgery. Undergoing any surgery can lead to considerable anxiety and concerns. However, blepharoplasty brings about the uncertainty of whether you need upper or lower eyelid surgery as well.
Most patients have a hard time determining which surgery they need specifically—upper, lower, or both. That’s why you should seek a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon who listens to your concerns and guides you on the right path after a careful examination. This article aims to help you understand when you need upper or lower eyelid surgeries.
When do you need blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, as mentioned earlier, is a surgical procedure that corrects various conditions around the eyes. It’s an eyelid surgery usually meant to reverse age-related conditions, such as puffy eyes, drooping or sagging eyelids, etc. Blepharoplasty addresses these age-related conditions that make you look tired, sad, or old. The procedure removes the excess skin and fat tissues around the eyes to prevent sagging and puffiness. However, whether you need upper or lower blepharoplasty depends on your unique concerns and goals.
When do you need upper eyelid surgery?
Upper eyelid surgery removes the excess sagging skin tissues and fat tissues from the upper eyelids. It’s a suitable treatment for patients with drooping eyelids that prevent them from seeing clearly. Removing the sagging skin tissues essentially “opens” up the eyes, improving the patient’s visibility and cosmetic appearance.
When do you need lower eyelid surgery?
Lower eyelid surgery treats the sagging or drooping skin under the eyes that make your eyes appear puffy. As we age, the loss of elasticity in our skin makes the under-eye region appear wrinkled. Lower eyelid surgery reduces the puffiness and trims away the excess skin tissues, giving you a smoother and younger appearance.
When do you need both upper and lower eyelid surgery?
Some patients experience puffiness and skin laxity in both the upper and lower eyelids. The upper eyelids droop down over the eyes, affecting visibility, and the lower eyelids appear wrinkled and sagging, giving you an old and tired look. Double eyelid surgery addresses all skin concerns and signs of aging around both eyelids, making the patient look a decade younger.
Dr. Richard Rand is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience with eyelid surgeries. He carefully examines your facial skin and eyelids, discusses your cosmetic goals, and recommends the ideal blepharoplasty treatment for your unique needs. He personalizes each treatment plan according to his individual patients, ensuring everyone receives optimal and natural-looking results. Schedule a consultation today!