What Is the Difference Between Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery?
The primary goal of upper eyelid surgery is to improve an upper lid that hangs low over the eyeball, a condition known as “hooding.” Sagging eyelids commonly appear with age due to an accumulation of excess fat and skin immediately above the eyes. Not only does hooding make the face look older and less appealing, but it may also limit the person’s field of vision.
With this procedure, Dr. Valladolid creates a tiny incision at the top of the eyelid so that he can remove the extra fat and skin. He also tightens the eyelid muscles so that the lid has the strength to open more fully. He focuses on ensuring the eyelids have symmetry and do not look pulled or perpetually “surprised.” The ensuing scarring from this surgery is minimal and hides easily along the crease of the eyelid.
Lower eyelid surgery is concerned with the “bags” beneath the eyes. Dr. Valladolid can improve the condition of the skin in this region by smoothing wrinkles, excising loos skin, de-emphasizing dark circles and repositioning sunken fat. He places the incision in an inconspicuous location beneath the lower lash line so that he can pull out the extra fat and skin.
Once healing is complete, patients can expect to see a face that appears rejuvenated and refreshed (or less tired). The results are typically visible for about 10 years before aging causes the fat to sink and skin to wrinkle all over again.
Combining Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
Some patients choose either upper or lower eyelid surgery to meet their specific cosmetic needs, while others decide to combine the procedures for a more complete rejuvenation on the upper portion of their face. Combining surgeries has the added benefit of overlapping the recovery periods and saving on certain costs.
Ultimately, your own goals and contentment with your appearance should guide whether you have eyelid surgery — upper, lower or perhaps both. If you would like to discuss these procedures in greater detail with one of Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix’s most reputable plastic surgeons, please call (480) 770-5015 to arrange a consultation.