Upper Eyelid Surgery vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery
By David Passaretti, MD on January 21, 2014
The old saying is that the eyes are the windows of the soul. It's true in a lot of ways. Your eyes can say a lot about you and your personality, even things you don't want them to say. For instance, there are times that your eyes can make you seem sad, tired, worried, or haggard, and there is the chance that overall eye appearance will make you look older than you really are.
If you have issues with wrinkles around the eye area, one of the best things that you can do is meet with a skilled plastic surgeon to go over all of your options for care. A potential treatment that may help enhance overall facial aesthetics involves surgical adjustments to the eyelids. We want to focus on this matter right now.
About Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic eyelid surgery refers to surgical treatments that address either the upper eyelid or the lower eyelid. This can help address drooping, sagging, wrinkling, and puffing that can have an adverse affect on your overall appearance.
What Patients Should Know About Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery involves the revision of the upper eyelid. The best candidates for upper eyelid surgery can vary based on the patient needs. In general, people who would benefit from upper eyelid surgery include:
- People with drooping/sagging upper eyelids (particularly when vision is blocked)
- People with excessive wrinkling of the upper eyelids
- People who would like to add a fold to their upper eyelids when one does not exist
With regard to the last point, this surgery is often performed on people of Asian descent.
How Upper Eyelid Surgery is Performed
During upper eyelid surgery, a small incision is created along the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Through this incision, excess skin is removed so that there is no issue with drooping or sagging.
When creating the upper eyelid fold itself, the incision will be hidden within that crease so that it is barely (if at all) noticeable.
What Patients Should Know About Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is a great option to consider for people who have baggy, puffy, or sagging lower eyelids. As you know, these issues with lower eyelid appearance can make a person appear prematurely old or exhausted when that is not the case
How Lower Eyelid Surgery is Performed
The lower eyelid surgery procedure can vary depending on the needs of the patient. In general, the surgical incision is hidden just beneath the eyelashes of the lower eyelid. Through this incision, excess tissue and skin can be removed. Facial liposuction may be involved to remove the puffiness from the lower eyelids.
Which surgery is more ideal for my needs?
Obviously this will vary from patient to patient depending on their needs, though you may be able to tell already simply given the nature of facial aesthetics and the eye area. During your consultation, you'll be able to find out for sure which surgery is best for you and have all of your concerns addressed in the process.
Learn More About Facial Rejuvenation Surgery
For more information about cosmetic eyelid surgery and your many other options out there for facial rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction, be sure to contact our Darlen, CT cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you look your very best through effective surgical care.
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