The Difference Between Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

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Posted on May 17, 2023 under Blepharoplasty

People of various ages, genders, and socioeconomic levels are becoming more and more interested in cosmetic surgery. It’s becoming more and more popular every day.

Eyelid surgery, often known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done today. The results can help patients look younger and more refreshed by enhancing the appearance of both their upper and lower eyelids.

Upper and lower blepharoplasty operations are both available at Cosmetic Surgery Associates (CSA) in Bethesda, Maryland. But what’s the difference between the two? Let’s take a look.

Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty involves removing extra skin and fat from the upper eyelids and restoring a more youthful and alert look to eyelids that are drooping and sagging. In some circumstances, when extra skin is blocking the field of vision, upper blepharoplasty may also aid in improving eyesight.

In order to remove extra skin and fat during the treatment, an incision is created in the upper eyelid’s natural crease. Sutures are used to seal the wound and are normally removed after a week. Although recovery times vary from patient to patient, it typically lasts about two weeks.

Lower Blepharoplasty

With lower blepharoplasty, the lower eyelids’ extra skin and fat are removed. This process may help restore a younger and rejuvenated appearance by minimizing wrinkles and improving the appearance of bags under the eyes. Dark circles beneath the eyes may also be made to seem less noticeable with lower blepharoplasty.

During the procedure, an incision is created either on the inner lower eyelid or just below the lash line. In order to achieve a smoother, younger-looking appearance, the surgeon trims away any extra skin and fat and then realigns the remaining tissue. Lower blepharoplasty recovery also takes approximately two weeks.

Which One Is Best for You?

The results you’re looking for and what your eyelids look like before the procedure will determine which blepharoplasty operation is right for you. Both procedures can be performed under sedation and do not require general anesthesia. In general, patients with sagging or drooping eyelids benefit most from upper blepharoplasty. Those with bags under the eyes or wrinkles around the lower eyelids will benefit most from lower blepharoplasty.

Our plastic surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery Associates will assess your eyelids and talk with you about your cosmetic objectives during your appointment. They will also go through each procedure’s advantages and disadvantages and respond to any questions you may have.

Schedule A Consultation

Does a blepharoplasty sound like the procedure you’ve been looking for? Schedule a consultation today at Cosmetic Surgery Associates. Dr. Richards, Dr. Jabs, and Dr. Magge are more than happy to walk you through the procedure and discuss any questions or concerns you have.

To schedule a consultation today, call our Bethesda, Maryland office at (301) 493-4334 or use our online contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals!