Eyelid lifts are surgical procedures designed to improve the appearance of the area immediately around the eye.

However, surgeons differentiate between upper and lower eyelid lifts. So what are the differences? Let’s take a look.

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What is an Eyelid Lift?

The term eyelid lift refers to a group of two similar procedures. So the specific operation you receive will depend on the needs of your eyes and your aesthetic goals. 

An eyelid lift is any procedure that alters the shape of the eyelids and surrounding skin to make the eye itself appear more open and bright. As people age, the tissue immediately above the eye can sag, lose its plumpness and even occlude vision. Eyelid lifts attempt to correct this by removing and reshaping tissue and, sometimes, tightening it with a laser. 

Upper VS Lower Eyelid Lift

There are some considerable differences between upper and lower eyelid lifts. 

Purpose

Some people can develop heavy deposits of tissue above their eyes as they get old when can fold and then sag over the eye itself. So the purpose of upper eyelid surgery is usually to reduce the appearance of drooping or “hooded” eyelids. 

Lower eyelid surgery is mainly for reducing the appearance of eye bags. By removing tissue and reshaping skin, Dr. Schalit can lighten the tissue for a more youthful appearance. 

Procedure

In upper eyelid blepharoplasty, Dr. Schalit makes an incision along the fold of the upper eyelid and then removes excess skin as appropriate before closing the incision. 

For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Schalit will use a transconjunctival approach to surgically remove the excess tissue and fat pads below the eyes. This approach is scarless leaving no incision line. 

Recovery

Recovery from both lower and upper eyelid surgery is similar. You will need to avoid smoking, rubbing your eyes, and using contact lenses. 

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Benefits of an Eyelid Lift

The benefits of eyelid surgery are considerable.

  • Look less tired: Eyelid surgery helps you appear less tired by removing bags and preventing drooping eyelids from covering the eyes themselves. 
  • Appear younger: It also lets you appear younger by undoing part of the aging process. 
  • Improve vision: Sometimes, drooping eyelids can be so severe that they occlude your vision. Blepharoplasty – eyelid surgery – reverses this as well. 
  • Remove dark circles: Lastly, lower eyelid surgery is a great way to get rid of dark circles under and around the eyes, improving your complexion. 

Am I a Candidate for an Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift?

If you have drooping eyelids, bags under your eyes, or puffiness, then you could be a great candidate for upper or lower eyelid surgery. You should be healthy and be a nonsmoker for two weeks before the procedure.

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If you have further questions about eyelid lift procedures, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with us in Daytona Beach, Florida today. Call us at (386) 252-6438 or fill out our convenient online contact form.