Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in Australia. An…
If you’re self-conscious about the appearance of the skin around your eyes — whether on your upper or lower eyelids — there are cosmetic surgeries available that could be the solution to your problem. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of droopy eyelids. For those who are thinking about having an upper or lower blepharoplasty, or both, this blog aims to explain the procedures in more detail — specifically the difference between upper and lower blepharoplasty. Read on to learn everything you need to know about blepharoplasty surgery.
Also known as eyelift surgery, ocular plastic surgery or eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is becoming more and more popular across the world. Often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, blepharoplasty surgery aims to correct functional and cosmetic issues such as drooping or sagging skin around the eyes, as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles. By removing excess skin muscles and fat around the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can open your eyes dramatically to give you a fresher, brighter and more youthful appearance. After all, the eyes are said to be the windows to the soul.
While both upper and lower blepharoplasty surgeries aim to improve functional and cosmetic factors, there are a few key differences between the techniques and purposes of each procedure. Here is everything you need to know about upper and lower blepharoplasty:
When it comes to upper blepharoplasty, the purpose of the procedure can either be medical, cosmetic or both. For example, drooping of the upper eyelid over the eyelashes and eye, also referred to as “hooding”, can obscure a patient’s vision — a common medical issue that requires upper blepharoplasty. However, in most cases, upper blepharoplasty is performed for cosmetic purposes.
By making an incision in the natural fold of the eyelid, the surgeon will remove excess skin, tissue, fat and muscles that have formed over time. Most patients who have undergone upper eyelid surgery will be able to return to normal everyday activities after 10-14 days of healing.
Typically performed to correct signs of aging such as puffiness and under-eye bags, lower blepharoplasty is mainly a cosmetic surgery. Aesthetic issues such as eye puffiness and bags are caused by excess fat deposits, muscles and tissue formation — which a lower blepharoplasty can remove.
The surgeon will make an incision either on the inner lash line or inside the lower eyelid, then remove or reshape excess deposits to produce a more youthful appearance. The recovery time for lower blepharoplasty is slightly longer than for upper blepharoplasty — with most patients returning to normal activities after 14 days.