A blepharoplasty is a term used to describe an eyelift. This can either be an upper eyelid blepharoplasty where skin and usually fat of the upper eyelid is contoured to give a cleaner, more youthful upper eyelid appearance. This eliminates the tired look and overhanging upper eyelid skin. Alternatively, lower eyelid blepharoplasty typically involves a similar removal of skin and occasionally fat from the lower eyelid to achieve a rejuvenated, less tired look to the lower eyelid.
While upper eyelid blepharoplasty is relatively straightforward and has undergone very little change and yields a long -lasting aesthetic improvement with very little recovery (downtime), lower eyelid blepharoplasty is perhaps one of the most complex regions of the face. The complexity centers around the judgment of what procedure is best for the lower eyelid as opposed to the technical maneuvers required to achieve an improvement.
There are two options in approaching lower eyelid surgery:
- Traditional lower eyelid surgery (removal of fat)
- Composite Blepharoplasty (preservation/repositioning of fat)