Do I Need Lower Eyelid Surgery or Upper Eyelid Surgery?

A doctor marking a man’s lower eyelid for surgery As we age, the delicate skin around our eyes often shows the first signs of aging. Drooping upper eyelids and persistent under-eye bags can make us appear tired or older or even impact our vision.

If you find yourself struggling with these concerns, you might be wondering whether lower or upper eyelid surgery is the right solution for you.

Both procedures, known as blepharoplasty, offer effective ways to rejuvenate the eye area, but each targets different issues. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between lower and upper eyelid surgery, the benefits of each, and how to determine which procedure best suits your needs.

The Benefits of Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery might be an option if you notice persistent bags under your eyes or sagging skin contributing to a weary look. This procedure helps to remove or reposition fat and tighten the skin around the lower eyelid, which can reduce puffiness and improve overall skin texture.

Many people choose this surgery to refresh their appearance, aiming for a more rested and youthful look.

The Benefits of Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery could be a suitable choice if you struggle with drooping eyelids that not only make you look older but also impair your vision. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids, which can lead to a significant improvement in both appearance and sight.

By tightening the skin around the eyes, upper eyelid surgery offers a more youthful and alert facial expression. Additionally, for those whose eyelid sagging hinders their vision, this surgery can enhance their field of view, making daily activities easier.

How to Decide Between Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Deciding between upper and lower eyelid surgery requires careful consideration of your specific concerns and goals.

Start by assessing what bothers you most: Is it drooping skin above your eyes or puffiness below? Each issue affects your appearance and possibly your vision differently.

It’s vital to consult with a specialist who can guide you through the options based on a detailed examination of your eye anatomy and discuss what you hope to achieve with the surgery. A personalized approach ensures the best possible outcomes, aligning the surgical plan with your unique facial features and aesthetic preferences.

Schedule Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation in Calgary, AB

Ready to see if eyelid surgery is right for you? Schedule a consultation with Jeffrey C. Dawes, MD, FRCSC Plastic and Dermatologic Surgery.

Whether you’re considering upper or lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Dawes will help you understand your options and create a plan tailored just for you.

Don’t wait to start your journey toward a refreshed look. Call us today at (403) 571-3141 to discuss your needs and find out how we can assist.

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