Types of eyelid surgeryBlepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a common procedure performed by cosmetic surgeons worldwide. The procedure entails the removal of excess, sagging skin and/or fat from the eyelid and can be done on either the upper, lower, or both eyelid surfaces.It is a common and relatively quick procedure that can have excellent results for the patient post-operatively, making them look less tired and much more youthful than before. Scarring is minimal with any blepharoplasty procedure, and any incision line is usually nicely covered by the natural fold of the eyelid. At Perth Cosmetic Surgery, we perform blepharoplasty surgery for many patients for both the upper, lower and double-eyelid requirements. Here we explain what each procedure is and what it entails.
Different types of eyelid surgery options
- Upper blepharoplasty: Upper eyelid blepharoplasty offers patients the ability to have their sagging eyelids rejuvenated by removing excess skin, or excess fat or both should there be a need. Many people with overhanging eyelids or bagginess of the upper eyelid opt for an upper blepharoplasty in order to get a more youthful, energetic appearance. In some severe cases, the hanging, loose eyelid can impair vision and therefore an upper blepharoplasty is very important to improve vision too.
- Lower blepharoplasty: A lower blepharoplasty procedure offers the same results as the upper blepharoplasty but it is done under the eye and not on top. Excess fat (fat bags as they are commonly called) and loose, excess skin is removed from the lower eyelid, giving the patient a livelier expression. A point to note with a lower blepharoplasty is that it cannot remove or lessen dark pigmentation or dark circles under the eyes.
- Double eye-lid blepharoplasty: Otherwise known as East Asian blepharoplasty, this type of surgery is commonly requested by people of East Asian ethnicity who often have little or no upper or lower eyelid creases.Double eye-lid blepharoplasty results in a fresh appearance and a firmer eye area, improving sagging eyelids, but not altering dark circles, sagging eyebrows or fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Other common facial proceduresMany patients opt to have other cosmetic procedures done in conjunction with blepharoplasty. These typically include:
- Skin resurfacing
- Wrinkle relaxers
- Wrinkle fillers
- Neck lifts