Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the eye area. There are two types of eyelid surgery: upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery. While both procedures rejuvenate the eyes, each works differently. Scottsdale oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Ali Ghafouri has many years of experience performing both upper and lower eyelid surgeries. Given the procedure’s popularity, Dr. Ghafouri thought it would be wise to provide further insight on upper eyelid surgery, including what it treats and when it’s appropriate.
About Upper Blepharoplasty
As you age, your skin loses its elasticity, muscle tone is lost and fat becomes displaced. This process takes a toll on the beauty and youth of your skin, including the skin around your eyes. The skin on your upper eyelids can begin to droop and sag, so much that it hangs over the eyes. This creates a tired, older-looking appearance. In some people, the skin can droop so low that it obstructs their vision. Upper eyelid surgery removes loose skin and tightens the remaining skin for a smoother, rejuvenated appearance. Depending on the patient, some fat may be removed from the upper eyelids or repositioned to create a balanced and tauter look. Additionally, removing skin and fat on the upper eyelids can also help the patient open their eyes with more ease, restoring their ability to see comfortability.
When to Pursue Upper Blepharoplasty
You may be a suitable candidate for upper blepharoplasty if you have:
- Drooping, sagging skin on the upper eyelids
- Irritation from excess folds on the eyelids
- Vision distortion due to eyelid skin hanging over your eyes
Combining Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
It’s not uncommon for patients seeking upper eyelid surgery to also undergo lower eyelid surgery. Lower eyelid surgery, as the name suggests, treats the skin on lower eyelid area. During the procedure, excess tissue, fat and skin that create “bags” underneath the eyelid are removed. Additionally, the procedure can smooth out fine lines and creases in the delicate skin on the lower eyelids. By receiving treatment for both the upper and lower eyelids, patients are able to enjoy a rested and reenergized appearance.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Ghafouri
To determine whether upper eyelid, lower eyelid or a combination procedure is appropriate for you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghafouri. We also invite you to view before and after pictures of our past blepharoplasty patients. To schedule your appointment, please call (480) 905-1010 today.