What is the Difference Between an Upper and Lower Eyelid Lift?

What is the Difference Between an Upper and Lower Eyelid Lift?

As we get older, our skin can begin to sag and fat deposits can begin to accumulate in places we don’t want them – even around the eyes! This extra skin and fat can make us look tired and older than we really are. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that can take years off your appearance and includes upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Extra fat, skin, and muscle is removed or redistributed and the remaining skin is lifted for a more youthful appearance. Upper blepharoplasty leaves a patient looking refreshed. Patients who benefit from this procedure have drooping eyelids. Some patients may even be experiencing vision impairment, which upper blepharoplasty can help treat.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

During lower eyelid surgery, and incision is made below the lower eyelashes and excess fat, skin, and muscle are removed and redistributed. Patients who benefit from lower blepharoplasty usually have dark bags and circles beneath their eyes, making them appear permanently tired or bored.


Both procedures hide the incision and scar within natural creases of the eye and give a patient a younger, more rejuvenated appearance without changing the shape or appearance of their face or eyes.

It may take a few weeks for healing to be complete, during which time you should not wear eye makeup. Full recovery is expected by 2-6 weeks. Collagen continues to remodel over 6-12 months. During this time, sunscreen and sunglasses are critical to improving wound healing and scar appearance.

If you’d like to learn more about our Blepharoplasty treatments, please fill out the form on this page or call (562) 997-1144.

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