As we age, we all develop excess tissue and skin around the eyelids. But that tissue does not accumulate evenly. After all, you’ve got an upper eyelid and a lower eyelid, each of which has its own unique shape. The lines, folds, wrinkles, and fat deposits encountered above and below the eye can be quite varied. So many patients ask, do I need upper or lower eyelid surgery?
How Do I Know What Type of Eyelid Surgery I Need?
The answer to that question will depend largely upon the symptoms that have manifested around your eyes. When it comes to performing blepharoplasty Washington DC experts Dr. Soheila Rostami and Dr. Maryam Nazemzadeh are among the top in their field, and they can help you determine whether it’s your upper eyelids or lower eyelids (or both) that need surgery.
Signs You Need Upper Eyelid Surgery
When excess tissue accumulates around the upper eyelids, it can have multiple negative effects. The most noticeable effect is often that your eye will appear to be narrowed. With more tissue around the upper eye, you may appear angry, sad, or simply fatigued. The folds and lines around your eye will look deeper and more pronounced; in short, many patients complain that they look much older than they feel.
Signs that you might need an upper eyelid blepharoplasty include the following:
- Deep lines or wrinkles around the upper eye
- Collection of skin or fat around the upper eyes
- Eyes that look sad or angry (even when you feel happy)
- Excess tissue that obstructs your vision
- Other irregularities around the upper eyes
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is the best way to treat excess tissue around the eyes—whether that tissue is fat or skin. During your upper eyelid surgery, this excess skin will be trimmed away, ensuring that your vision is restored and your face looks more vibrant and youthful. When it comes to blepharoplasty, Virginia and Washington DC patients alike report thrilling results!
Signs You Need Lower Eyelid Surgery
beneath the eyes that will not wane on their ownIn most cases, the accumulation of excess tissue around the lower eyelid presents differently than excess tissue around the upper eyelid. In some ways, excess tissue around the lower eyelid tends to “pool,” often causing a bulge, deep shadows, or dark lines. This is an artifact of how gravity affects the face combined with how your face is structured.
In most cases, excess tissue around the eyelid lift manifests with the following characteristics:
- A bulge around the lower eyelid
- Dark circles beneath the eyes that will not wane on their own
- A face that looks tired or apathetic, even when you don’t feel that way
- Deep shadows around the lower eyes
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty is generally employed to help patients achieve a favorable outcome.
Some Patients Require Both Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (or Eyelid Lift)
In many cases, patients will benefit from both an upper and a lower blepharoplasty procedure. Excess fat and skin often collect around the upper and lower eyes simultaneously; addressing one without addressing the other can lead to an asymmetrical look to the eyelids.
As performed by Dr. Soheila and Dr. Nazemzadeh, eyelid rejuvenation procedures of this nature will take into account the overall look of the face. The goal for most eyelid surgery procedures is to make the eyes look more radiant, more energized, and more youthful.
Because the eyes are often a kind of focal point to the face, the power of these transformations is often amplified. In other words, a small change to the eyelids can make a big difference to the way you’re perceived. Sometimes these small changes are natural—a wrinkle here and a line there.
But you can exercise a great deal of control over the way you look by investing in eyelid surgery. A few simple changes can help transform the way you look—helping you appear more vibrant and beautiful!