Eyelid Surgery Long Island, NYBlepharoplasty is a technical term used to describe both upper and eyelid surgery. Because these are two separate procedures labelled with a single word, it is easy for the surgeries to get confused. In this blog, elite plastic surgeon Dr. David Funt explains the distinctions between upper and lower blepharoplasty so that his patients have a better idea of what they can expect from these cosmetic surgeries.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The main objective of upper blepharoplasty is to address “hooding,” which occurs when the upper eyelid hangs lower over the eye. Droopiness is the consequence of having excess skin and fat amass just above the eyes, a common occurrence for people as they get older. Sagging upper eyelids age the face and make it appear less attractive. For some people, hooding also limits the field of vision.

When performing upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Funt makes an incision through which he pulls out unwanted skin and fat. The incision is placed along the crease of the eyelid where it is easily concealed. While tightening the eyelid muscles, he uses a gentle technique to avoid creating a “surprised” look that is more common among less skilled plastic surgeons. He also prioritizes achieving symmetry between both upper eyelids.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Meanwhile, lower blepharoplasty focuses on the skin, often referred to as “bags,” just underneath the eyes. It can address multiple problems including dark circles, wrinkles, sunken fat and loose skin. Dr. Funt makes an incision just below the lower lash line and then removes some excess fat and skin from the area. He can adjust his technique to achieve the specific cosmetic concerns of each patient.

After the area has time to heal, patients should notice smoother skin that makes the face look both younger and better rested. These effects generally last for up to a decade before the natural aging process causes skin to wrinkle and fat to droop again.

Combining Procedures

Most patients choose to have either upper or lower eyelid surgery, depending on their own preferences and cosmetic needs. However, many patients do opt to combine the procedures to rejuvenate the eyes more fully. By having both procedures performed at once, you can reduce some costs and also overlap your recovery.

To determine whether you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty (upper, lower or both) please schedule a consultation with Dr. Funt at your soonest convenience. Consultations may be held virtually or at his Roslyn Heights or Woodmere offices in Long Island, NY.

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