Upper Eyelid Vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery

Undergoing any surgery, whether it’s elective or necessary, can be a very scary experience. You may have some anxiety about the procedure itself, or you may have some concerns about the recovery process and how long it will take to see the amazing results of your cosmetic surgery.

If you’re considering having eyelid surgery in Denver, which is known medically as “blepharoplasty,” you must have it done by the best. Dr. Robert G. Fante is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has been performing eyelid surgery in Denver for many years now at the Fante Eye & Face Centre. Dr. Fante actually specializes in laser eyelid surgery, complex reconstruction around the eye, and facial cosmetic surgery, so you can rest assured knowing you’re in the most capable hands in Denver.


Upper Eyelid Surgery

Let’s take a look at the differences between the two types of blepharoplasty: upper eyelid and lower eyelid surgeries.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty, which corrects excessive or puffy upper eyelids, is the most commonly performed facial cosmetic surgery. As we age, the thin skin of the eyelid stretches and hangs down over the eyelid. Also, fat underneath the skin can protrude, which causes abnormal puffiness of the upper eyelid, and this can happen as early as your late 20’s or early 30’s.

Upper eyelid surgery removes the extra skin and fat in the upper eyelid, and it removes skin and fat through an incision hidden in the upper eyelid crease that becomes practically invisible after the healing process is complete. Every patient’s surgery is different due to factors such as age, sex, race, severity of the problems and other factors the medical team at the Fante Eye & Face Centre must consider.


Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery will correct puffiness, bags, and fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids, and while upper eyelid surgery is performed in a similar fashion in most patients, lower eyelid surgery can be performed in many different ways. The reason for that is the anatomy of the lower eyelids and the changes brought about by aging present challenges that are truly unique.

Lower eyelids may have looseness (laxity) or be pulled down away from the eye (retraction). The very thin eyelid skin may become finely wrinkled, and the cheek fat pads that we have when we’re young will lose fat and volume as we grow older. The results? A longer lower eyelid and the appearance of a natural valley in the lower eyelid near the nose, giving a shadow and what looks like dark circles to the lower eyelid. Also, the fat underneath the eye can bulge forward causing the appearance of puffy eyes. While some patients may have fat removed during lower eyelid surgery, others will have fat transferred from other parts of the body in order to restore the volume (of fat) that the cheeks—blending with the lower eyelids—once had.

If you want to learn more about eyelid surgery in Denver or know you want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Fante, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today.