If you’re thinking about having blepharoplasty in Denver, which is surgery performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, you should know a little bit each of these types of eyelid surgeries and how and why they’re performed. Dr. Robert Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Center, serving Denver and surrounding areas, has been performing blepharoplasty in Denver for a number of years and has helped hundreds of patients have better eyesight, more attractive eyelids, less excess skin around the eyes and less droopy eyelids. If you’d like to learn a little bit about the differences between upper and lower eyelid surgery, please read on, and then feel free to contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre to schedule an initial consultation with cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante.

Upper vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is a fairly simple procedure that can take years off the appearance of the eyes/face. Upper eyelid surgery may benefit those patients whose upper lids have sagged low enough to reduce their field of vision while lower eyelid lift surgery can help patients with saggy or puffy lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery involves the removal of excess tissue and fat to produce a more refreshed, youthful facial appearance. Some patients may undergo upper and lower eyelid surgery under local anesthesia, but general anesthesia may be used if requested.

While upper eyelid surgery primarily involves the removal of sagging skin, lower eyelid surgery also involves the removal of fat deposits, which are more prevalent under the eye. Also, lower eyelid surgery allows Dr. Fante to transfer fat or dermal fillers to hollowed areas under the eye, leading to plump, healthy-looking skin.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

To perform lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made below the lower eyelashes; the incision is made carefully in a discreet place. Excess fat, skin, and muscle are removed, and sometimes, the fat is redistributed in order to minimize puffiness and uneven swelling. The incision for eyelid lift surgery heals quickly among the eyelid’s surrounding natural creases.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid lift surgery allows Dr. Fante to remove excess skin and fatty tissue that create the appearance of droopy, inflated eyelids. While the fat deposits, loose skin, and drooping of the eyelids typically occur due to the natural aging process, this wonderful procedure can reverse the hands of time to restore a youthful, refreshed appearance.

During upper eyelid surgery, incision lines are made in the natural creases of the upper lids so no scars will be visible. Any excess skin that is obstructing vision or contributing to a droopy or tired appearance will be trimmed away, and in some cases, the muscles are re-positioned. The remaining skin is lifted and reattached for a more youthful look. The goal of upper eyelid surgery is to leave the patient looking refreshed, and most experienced surgeons are able to avoid the unnatural “wide awake” look that comes from overcorrection.

If you’re interested in blepharoplasty in Denver, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today to schedule an appointment.