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Eyelid Surgery: The Difference Between Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Published on November 15, 2017
eyelid surgery in GTA

The adage “the eyes are the windows to the soul” is true in the sense that they provide a profound glimpse into a person’s character. They can also inadvertently give away a lot about their age without the person having to utter a single word. Some people are fortunate enough to look younger than they actually are due to good genetics, whereas others unfortunately exhibit premature signs of aging such as droopy eyelids or sagging excess skin. One cosmetic solution to this problem is to seek out blepharoplasty in Toronto to help correct these issues.

Droopy or overhanging eyelids can make a person look significantly older and sterner, which can be somewhat off-putting to new acquaintances as it makes the person seem unfriendly and unapproachable. This can be problematic in a lot of everyday situations because most people tend to judge others automatically by their appearances, leading to fallacious and unfair misconceptions.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that’s also referred to using several other better known names including eyelift surgery, ocular plastic surgery, or eyelid surgery. As people age, their eyelids tend to collect greater amounts of fat deposits which can cause a droopy effect that results in a perpetually exhausted appearance. Eyelid surgery in the GTA is growing in popularity as it’s often performed in conjunction with other common facial plastic surgeries such as forehead or brow lifts in order to further enhance the effects of the procedure. Depending on your specific needs and desired goals, eyelid surgery can involve correcting issues with just one eyelid, multiple eyelids, or all four of your eyelids. If you opt for having work done on all four of your eyelids simultaneously, then the procedure can take up to two hours. In all cases, you should arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards and spend the night with you in case you need assistance.

The Difference Between Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

There are a few distinct differences in the techniques used to perform both upper and lower eyelid surgery, starting with the placement of the incisions right down to the application. Additionally, both procedures serve different purposes.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The goal of upper eyelid surgery is to correct what’s referred to as “hooding”, otherwise known as an overhanging or droopy eyelid. In most cases, this is merely a cosmetic procedure, but it can also be medical if the condition is obscuring the patient’s vision. The incision is made discretely in the natural fold of the patient’s eyelid so that the surgeon can easily remove or manipulate excess tissues, fat deposits, and muscles that have formed in the area over time.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery is typically implemented to correct puffiness or the look of under-eye bags caused by excess fat deposits, muscles, and tissue formation. The incision is made either on the inner lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The surgeon removes or reshapes the excess deposits to produce a more youthful and radiant appearance.

If you’re considering getting eyelid surgery in Toronto, then you should look into Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Andres Gantous is our board-certified resident facial plastic surgeon and he’s been specializing in this field for over 20 years. In that time, he’s established a strong career as one of the most prominent blepharoplasty surgeons in Canada. During your initial consultation, he’ll take the time to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns in detail. He’ll also thoroughly explain all of your surgical options, make specific recommendations, and provide you with excellent eyelid surgery recovery and aftercare tips. To book an appointment with Dr. Gantous and discuss the cost of your eyelid surgery, contact us.

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