Types of Eyelid Surgery
Every eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is different, because each individual has different skin types and underlying tissue. Individuals tend to age differently as well, so patients opting for eyelid surgery have different needs and expectations – this requires a multitude of techniques in order to ensure that these expectations are met in full. Eyelid lift procedures fall into three main types of surgery, depending on the placement and type of incision applied. Here are the main types of eyelid lift procedures:
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery is usually performed in order to improve functionality of the eye. With age, the upper eyelid will start to lose its elasticity and begin to droop, affecting the eyelid’s functionality and ultimately impairing vision. Activities such as writing, driving or reading are much harder for patients with droopy upper eyelids. While this procedure is very effective at correcting the eyelid’s functionality, it also provides patients with aesthetic benefits. This procedure usually lasts between one or two hours and the recovery period usually lasts between one and two weeks. The benefits of this procedure will last around eight to ten years or even more.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is the second-most common procedure, also called a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. While upper eyelid surgery was performed in order to improve functionality of the eye, lower eyelid surgery is mostly cosmetic, with the goal of improving the appearance of the eye region. This procedure will diminish the bags under the eyes and tighten the skin underneath the eyes, removing any wrinkles. Lower eyelid surgery is recommended for patients wishing to improve the look of their eyes region. The procedure usually lasts about one or two hours, with a recovery period between 10 days up to 2 weeks. As with upper eyelid surgery, the benefits of this procedure will last around eight to ten years or more.
Combined Eyelid Surgery
The third main type of eyelid surgery is called a combined eyelid surgery or combined blepharoplasty. This procedure is used to fix any problems of both eye areas, including the lower eyelid and the upper eyelid. Combined eyelid surgery is mostly cosmetic, rejuvenating the appearance of both eye sections. When combined with a brow lift, the results tend to be more pleasing due to the fact that any wrinkles above the eyes are eliminated as well. This procedure usually lasts between one and three hours, with a total recovery period of between 10 days and 2 weeks. After the procedure is done and the recovery period is completed, patients can enjoy a more youthful appearance that lasts around eight to ten years.
While these are the three main types of eyelid surgery, other procedures can be performed for different defects or problems in the eye region, including benign cysts removal. A consultation with a professional plastic surgeon is the best way to find out which solution is better suited to fulfil your needs and expectations.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in January, 2019.