Eyelid surgery, which is also known as blepharoplasty, refers to any surgery that is performed on the eyelid.
Your results are very dependent on choosing the right procedure for your unique case as well as selecting the right surgeon to perform the procedure.
Eyelid surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that is marketed in print and online on a regular basis but it’s important to know which facts to believe in order to choose the right type of eyelid surgery.
Types of eyelid surgery
Below are the different types of eyelid surgery for you to consider.
During an upper blepharoplasty procedure, excess skin is removed from the upper eyelid. Medicare benefits are available to patients who have eyelid skin that is resting on the eyelashes.
Even though this is a simple procedure, it’s not suitable for everyone. If excess skin is removed in patients that also have a droopy eyelid, it will become more noticeable, which is why ptosis correction is required too. Upper blepharoplasty is best suited to patients under 40.
This procedure is used to correct droopy eyelids and is usually paired with upper blepharoplasty. Ptosis is almost always related to ageing, which is why it’s most common in people over 50. Younger patients may not need to combine upper eyelid blepharoplasty with this procedure but most patients over 50 do.
Upper Blepharoplasty and Ptosis Correction Combination
As stated above, upper blepharoplasty and Ptosis correction can be combined. Upper blepharoplasty will remove excess eyelid skin and fat, while ptosis will treat the drooping eyelid.
If a patient is looking to get rid of excess skin and fat on the lower eyelid, lower blepharoplasty is the right option. It’s commonly used to correct under-eye bags and tear trough deformities.
Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty
Conjunctiva refers to the thin inner lining of the eyelid, which is cut in order to remove excess fat and reduce eye bags. This procedure allows you to re-drape the fat and correct trough deformities but your surgeon won’t be able to remove any excess skin, this will need to be done with a “skin pinch” blepharoplasty procedure.
Transcutaneous Lower Blepharoplasty
Transcutaneous Lower Blepharoplasty is one of the many procedures offered by eyelid surgery clinic Dr Safvat. During this procedure, the skin just below the eyelash margin is cut in order to remove excess muscle and fat, and remove eye bags. Tear trough deformities can also be corrected using this surgery.
Lower Eyelid Lateral Canthopexy or Lateral Canthoplasty
This procedure is used to tighten the outer corner of the eyelid and will generally be added to any lower eyelid surgery. This procedure prevents the corners of the eyes from rounding.
This is more a marketing term than a medical one. Basically, eyelift surgery refers to upper eyelid surgery where excess skin is removed in order to correct a droopy eye.
Laser Eyelid Surgery
During this procedure, a laser is used to cut into the skin, muscle or conjunctiva. A laser can also be used to resurface the eyelid skin.
Asian Eyelid or Double Eyelid Surgery
This procedure is used to create an upper eyelid crease in an Asian eyelid.