The eyes are one of the most expressive and defining features of our face. This feature communicates our age – with the result that we sometimes look older than we truly feel.
A host of factors such as our genetics, skin type and environmental elements like sun damage, can cause eyelids to sag, droop and become heavy and puffy – creating that ‘fatigued’ or ‘aged’ look we are looking to avoid.
The ageing process also plays a huge role. Muscle layers beneath our eyelid skin weaken and sag as we age, and fat deposits shift in response to weakened tissues, causing puffiness and bags under the eyes.
Additionally, changes occur in the skin itself. The collagen and elastin that provides support to the skin break down over time, causing the skin to lose elasticity and become lax.
But it’s not all bad. There are numerous options available to address these issues. One of these is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty), which can be performed either on the upper eyelid or lower eyelid – or both. The surgery process involves removing the excess skin and fat, tightening the muscles, and smoothing out lines and wrinkles near the eye region, for a more youthful-looking you. My patients often report that their eyes and face look more open and lively after the surgery.
So what’s the difference between an Upper and Lower Eye Lid Surgery? How do you know which one you need?