Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

The Differences Between Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

There are many people that look into or seriously consider cosmetic surgeries. Among the most popular are those that are performed around the eyes. They are seeking rejuvenation around this area so they look many years younger, but they don’t know what to expect or even what type of operation they need.


The actual term for eyelid surgery is blepharoplasty (pronounced BLEF—uh-roe-plas-tee). It could be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both. The result is enhancement of the face overall due to the younger appearance around the eyes. Many patients have only one surgery in their lifetime because of how satisfied they are with the results.

While the upper and lower versions are normally lumped together when the topic is discussed, there are differences between the two. Each patient ages differently, which means they may show that age differently around the eyes. So what would benefit one patient may not help another. This brief introduction should provide insight onto each and what they could do for patients interested in improving their appearance, vision, or both.

Upper Eyelids

There are several benefits for upper blepharoplasty. The most popular reason for this procedure is to reduce the look of aging and appearance in the form of tired or fluffy eyes. Removing loose or sagging skin around this area could also improve the patient’s field of vision.

This surgery can also tighten the muscles that are underlying around the eyes so the final result is a more youthful appearance. Outside of the physical reasons, the patient may feel more self-confident as a result of the surgery and recovery.

Lower Eyelids

Blepharoplasty on the lower eyelids can minimize the appearance of bags under the eyes as well as smoothen the skin around the upper portion of the cheeks. Patients that notice droopiness around the eyes would also benefit from having this surgery.


Both Eyelids

Both upper and eyelid procedures can be done on an outpatient basis. Recovery is typically faster than the upper version so patients can resume their routines sooner. Some patients either need both surgeries for medical reasons, or want to have both to maximize the potential for improvement in appearance. It should be noted that recovery from having both versions is a slightly longer.

Which Do You Need?

While each eyelid has its own procedure and benefits, the best way to determine which is best for you is to speak to a top surgeon. Dr. Ruth Hill Yielding has been serving patients in the Winter Park, Florida area, and they have seen great results. One reason is that Dr. Yielding helps each patient determine what is best for him or her.


Are you interested in learning more about how upper or lower blepharoplasty can help you look years younger? If improving your appearance is a priority, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Yielding at her Winter Park, Florida office by calling 407-753-4101 or reaching out via the Contact link at www.yieldingmd.com 

Dr. Yeilding is looking forward to meeting you!