Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty: A Solution for Aging Eyes

Have you ever heard the saying, “The eyes are the window to the soul?” Well, what if those windows are a bit worn out? As we age, our eyes often show the first signs. Droopy eyelids, undereye bags, and excess skin can make us look older than we feel. But what if there was a way to refresh those windows, giving them a vibrant appearance? Enter upper and lower blepharoplasty, a solution for aging eyes.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid lift surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids. It can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. The goal? To give you youthful eyelids and a more alert appearance.

Types of Eyelid Surgeries

There are two main types of eyelid surgeries: upper and lower blepharoplasty.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery, also known as an upper eyelid lift, is commonly done to address the presence of excess skin and fat on the upper eyelid. This procedure can be beneficial for individuals whose vision is affected by heavy eyelids. It can also give a more youthful and refreshed look to the eye area.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery targets the undereye bags and wrinkles that can make us look tired or aged. By removing extra skin and fat, and tightening the eyelid skin, this procedure can significantly improve the appearance of undereye bags.

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

The procedure starts with Dr. Vitenas making incisions within the natural creases of your eyelids. For upper eyelids, the incision is typically in the crease, while for the lower eyelid, it is made just below the lash line or inside the eyelid. These incision locations aid in minimizing visible scarring post-procedure. Once the incisions are made, the surgeon then removes or repositions excess fat deposits and, if necessary, excises drooping skin and muscle. For lower blepharoplasty, redraping of muscles and tendons might be performed for a more natural look.

The incisions are then sealed with sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. Post-operation, patients may experience some swelling and bruising. However, once these subside, the results reveal a more alert and youthful appearance. The precise steps may differ based on patient-specific needs, underlining the importance of an in-depth preoperative consultation.

Why Consider Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty can be considered for both aesthetic reasons and cosmetic reasons. Here are a few common reasons why people opt for this procedure:

  • Aging: As we age, our skin loses elasticity, leading to drooping skin around our eyes. This can result in heavy or puffy eyelids.
  • Vision problems: Sometimes, the droopy eyelids can interfere with our field of vision. An upper eyelid lift can help clear up the view.
  • Cosmetic reasons: Some people choose blepharoplasty purely for cosmetic reasons. They want their eyes to look brighter, more alert, and more youthful.

Recovery from Blepharoplasty

The recovery time from blepharoplasty can vary, but most people can return to their normal activities within a week or two. Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation, or dry eyes. However, these are temporary and will subside within a week or two.

Recovery Differences

Recovery differences between upper and lower blepharoplasty are minimal. However, some people may experience temporary blurred vision after lower eyelid surgery.

The Role of Blepharoplasty in Facial Rejuvenation

Blepharoplasty plays a significant role in facial rejuvenation. Our eyes are often the first thing people notice about us. So, improving the appearance of our eyes can have a dramatic impact on our overall facial appearance.

Is eyelid surgery for you?

Deciding to have any form of cosmetic surgery is a personal decision. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, or if your vision is being affected by droopy eyelids, then blepharoplasty could be a good option for you.

Cost Differences

The cost of blepharoplasty can vary depending on whether you’re having upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both. Dr. Vitenas can provide a detailed cost estimate during your consultation.

Consultation with Board-Certified Surgeon

Dr. Vitenas is an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon offering a range of facial rejuvenation services, including blepharoplasty. This procedure helps target undereye bags and wrinkles by removing extra skin and fat, and tightening the eyelid skin for a more youthful look. With his extensive experience performing the surgery, Dr. Vitenas can help ensure optimal results while minimizing any risks associated with the procedure.

During your consultation, Dr. Vitenas will take time to understand your desires and concerns so that you can make an informed decision when deciding whether or not blepharoplasty is right for you. His commitment to safe, effective care from start to finish gives patients peace of mind knowing they are in good hands during their treatment journey.


Lower and Upper blepharoplasty can be a powerful solution for aging eyes. Whether you’re looking to improve your field of vision, get rid of puffy eyelids, or simply want to restore a youthful appearance to your eyes, blepharoplasty could be the answer. Remember, it’s not about changing who you are, but about helping you become the best version of yourself.

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