Blepharoplasty (more commonly referred to as eyelid/eye bag reduction) is cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids. Below is a description of the differences between the two procedures.
It’s important to note that both the procedures address the excess skin sagging around the top, or the bottom of the eye, rather than dealing with dark circles under the eyes – that’s a circulatory problem. We can advise you on Vitamin K creams to improve this condition.
Both procedures are popular with men and women in their forties/fifties, who have either droopy eyelids or excessive skin on the lower lids. These procedures are usually more suitable for younger patients with thicker and more elastic skin.*
Eyelid reduction addresses excess or hooded skin around the eye. It is designed to banish a permanently tired look and give a fresher appearance. Lost skin elasticity mainly affects the upper eyelids.
With age, the brow shifts downwards and the eyebrows come to lie below their usual bony ridge, exaggerating the effect. If hooding is caused by drooping of the brow, an endoscopic brow lift may be recommended.*
Whereas Eyelid reduction corrects excess skin around the top of the eye, eye bag reduction looks to address the puffy bags below the eyes.
There is often a strong hereditary link with eye bags, particularly in men. However ageing can also be the cause, and ageing around the eyes is associated with the formation of excess skin and eye bags.*
An incision line is made in the crease of the eye for the upper eyelids, where it is inconspicuous. If you need to have skin removed from the lower lids, a small incision is made close to the lower lids’ eyelashes, extending out to the natural crinkles at the corner of your eye.
Alternatively when only fat is to be removed, a laser can be used to make the incision which produces little to no scarring for the lower lids.*
Eyelid surgery can be performed alone or combined with other facial surgery procedures like face and brow lifts. Surgery normally takes between one and two hours, depending on whether both the upper and lower lids are being corrected.*