What is Blepharoplasty?
The eyes are one of the earliest areas of the face to show signs of aging. The skin in this area is very thin and delicate, and collagen loss begins to affect the eyelids after years of movement and exposure to the elements.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove excess skin and reposition facial fat for a more youthful appearance. It is an extremely popular procedure because it can produce dramatic anti-aging results. After the surgery, patients look much more awake, alert, and youthful.
Upper vs. Lower Blepharoplasty
Although blepharoplasty can refer to surgery on either the upper or lower lids, the surgical process is quite different.
An upper blepharoplasty is necessary when the skin begins to sag and droop over the eyes. Sagging in the upper eyelids creates a hooded appearance and can even affect vision if the skin droops enough. The eyelids may also feel heavy due to excess fat and skin. During an upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon removes excess tissue to resolve any cosmetic or functional issues.
A lower blepharoplasty is typically performed to correct bulging beneath the eyes, often known as “eye bags”. As the skin thins over time, the fat pads beneath the eyes begin to protrude, causing a person to look chronically tired and older than they might feel. Typically, the fat pads are repositioned, not removed altogether. This helps to prevent the opposite of eye bags: hollows under the eyes. At times, when there is excess fat, the fat must be removed. An individual consultation with one of our skilled plastic surgeons can help determine which procedure is right for you.
Should You Get an Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty?
If you think you might need a blepharoplasty, then you’re probably wondering if you should get the upper or lower lids treated. In some cases, it’s pretty obvious. If you’ve got big bags under your eyes, you probably need a lower blepharoplasty. If you’re having trouble seeing because your eyelids hang down too far, an upper blepharoplasty is going to make your life better.
In other cases, it’s a little more unclear. Some patients can benefit from both upper and lower blepharoplasty simultaneously. Or, you may not even need a blepharoplasty at all! Sometimes, when the brow begins to descend, it can look like the eyelids are the problem. In reality, you might be better served with a brow lift. Each person’s situation is different and requires a custom treatment plan.
First Steps: Get Advice From a Blepharoplasty Expert
If you’re ready to wake up your look with a blepharoplasty, your first step should be to consult with an expert. One of our experienced, skilled plastic surgeons can help you figure out what will best help you reach your goals. He will tell you if an upper or lower blepharoplasty (or both) will get you the results you want.
Your plastic surgeon may even suggest a combination procedure. Skin treatments, fillers, or other surgeries can all enhance the results of a blepharoplasty for the right patients. A plastic surgeon has the experience and knowledge of facial aging to help you make the decision that’s right for you.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
So how do you know who’s really an expert? Experience and results matter. Be sure to look at potential surgeons’ before-and-after photos so you can get an idea of other successful procedures they have performed. Talk to prior patients and have a consultation with one of our experts.
If you’re looking for an expert in Naples, FL, Dr. Anurag Agarwal and Dr. William A. Ross are skilled plastic surgeons with extensive experience helping blepharoplasty patients look their best. They are the recipients of several awards for plastic surgery and work hard to ensure each patient gets the beautiful, natural results they deserve. There’s a reason the doctors at the Aesthetic Surgery Center have been selected Best Plastic Surgeons in Naples by Naples Daily News readers two years in a row (2017 and 2018). For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Aesthetic Surgery Center at (239)-594-9100 today.