05th Apr, 2014

The Differences between Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

88351453-xsAs you have gotten older, you may have noticed that the skin around your eyes is not as taut as it once was. You may have bags under your eyes or fine wrinkles that make you appear tired. Perhaps your eyelids have begun to sag, significantly affecting your appearance or even obscuring your vision. To correct these and similar conditions, your Sydney cosmetic surgeon offers both upper and lower eyelid surgery. Although the exact procedure differs depending on your cosmetic objectives, no matter which specific procedure you choose, you are sure to enjoy an enhanced, alert appearance and an enormous boost to your self-confidence.

Incision Patterns

One of the biggest distinctions between upper and lower eyelid surgery is the placement of the incisions. During both procedures, your plastic surgeon will create small incisions, carefully concealed in the natural folds of your eye, to leave you with minimal scarring, if any. During upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Perkins will create a small incision running along the natural fold of your eyelid. If you choose lower eyelid surgery, he will place the incision along the lash line and occasionally inside the lower eyelid.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Upper eyelid surgery is designed to target puffiness in the lid as well as some lines and wrinkles around the eye. Dr. Perkins may also use upper blepharoplasty to lift a drooping eyelid, which can significantly enhance your vision. After creating the incision, he will tighten the muscles around the eye and remove any excess tissue. He may also remove excess pockets of fat that contribute to a puffy appearance. Finally, he will redrape the skin over the new muscle contours around your eye before closing the incision with a tiny suture.

Lower Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Lower eyelid surgery is an excellent way to treat puffiness under the eyes. Often, excess skin and tissue can give you the appearance of having bags under your eyes, and the shadows cast by this extra tissue can contribute to circles under your eyes as well. Dr. Perkins may also use lower eyelid surgery to lift a drooping eyelid that may show some of the white part of your eye underneath the iris. The technique is similar to that of upper eyelid surgery. After creating the incision, your doctor will tighten muscles and remove excess skin. If you only want to address a drooping eyelid, he will create an incision just inside your lower lid and simply lift the underlying muscle; no tissue removal is required.

Benefits of Both Are Similar

Eyelid surgery is completely customized to your needs. You may choose to address one eyelid, or Dr. Perkins may perform surgery on all four lids. No matter what combination you choose, you will enjoy the same benefits:

  • Reduced puffiness around the eyes
  • Minimized lines and wrinkles
  • A more alert appearance
  • A greater feeling of confidence

Schedule Your Consultation

Whether you are interested in upper or lower eyelid surgery, contact Dr. Darrell Perkins today. At your consultation, you can learn more about these procedures and find out if they are right for you.

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