Three Different Types of Eyelid Surgeries

Our eyes are one of the main focal points of the face and can typically give away how we are feeling. Age can cause our eyes to start drooping, sag or even develop bulging fat on both the upper and lower eyelids. All of these signs of aging can make you look tired or sad even though you are feeling the complete opposite. At Utah Facial Plastics, our expert facial plastic surgeons offer a variety of eyelid surgery options. Here are three common eyelid procedures, most of which are minimally invasive. In some cases, these surgeries are coupled together to achieve overall eye restoration.

Upper Eyelid Lift

The primary focus of an upper eyelid lift is to lift and restore the upper eyelids. This is typically an in-office procedure that is done under local anesthesia. A candidate for an upper eyelid lift would be an individual experiencing drooping of the eyebrows, laxity and/or bulging fat on the upper eyelids. During this procedure, excess skin and fat is removed with the incision hidden in the crease of the eyelid. The result of an upper eyelid lift leaves patients with more open, youthful eyes.

Lower Eyelid Lift with Fat Repositioning

A lower eyelid lift with fat repositioning is ideal for patients who are concerned with moderate to severe excess skin and bulging fat, or heavy “bags”, under the eyes. This surgery is done in an operating room under deep sedation. During this procedure the fat is repositioned to fill in any hollowing and create a smooth transition between the under-eyes and cheeks. Excess skin is removed if necessary. The incision is usually in either the inner lining of the eye or just below the lower lashes leaving no visible scarring. Once healed, patients feel like their eyes are restored and they no longer look tired, angry or sad.

Lower Skin Pinch

The best candidate for a lower skin pinch is typically a younger patient with mild to moderate excess skin or crepe-iness under the eyes with no under eye bags. A lower skin pinch is usually done in-office under local anesthesia. During this procedure the excess lower eyelid skin is “pinched” and removed. This incision is also just below the lash line, making the scar nearly invisible. Once swelling resides, patients are left with smoother lower eyelids.

To learn more about eyelid surgery in Draper, Layton, SLC and surrounding areas, call (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.



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