Do I Need an Upper Blepharoplasty or a Lower Blepharoplasty?

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then they might be telling the world that you need a bit more sleep.  Sagging eyelids, undereye bags, and dark circles can make it look like you’re not getting enough rest, even if you regularly log in eight hours of sleep per night (if so, what’s your secret?).  That’s because the aging process breaks down fat pads around the eyes, creating sagging eyelids and undereye bags.  The eyelid skin is also really thin, making it that much more vulnerable to persistent wrinkles and fine lines.

A blepharoplasty procedure is a surgery designed to address sagging eyelids, undereye bags, fat pads, and significant wrinkles around the eyes.  This surgery is usually broken up into two procedures:  

  1. An upper blepharoplasty; and
  2. A lower blepharoplasty.

The upper blepharoplasty procedure is designed to treat sagging and wrinkles around the upper eyelid, while the lower blepharoplasty focuses on the undereye area. Which blepharoplasty procedure is right for you?

Here’s how to tell if you need an upper blepharoplasty procedure:

  • You have sagging upper eyelids
  • Your eyelids are hooded, making it difficult to enjoy a full field of vision
  • Your eyebrows are drooping, which create a sagging appearance
  • You have fat pads above the eye


If your upper eyelids are making it difficult to see, it’s possible that your insurance could cover the cost of an upper blepharoplasty procedure.

Here’s how to tell if you need a lower blepharoplasty procedure:

  • You have significant undereye bags
  • You have moderate to severe wrinkles around the lower region of your eye
  • You’ve lost volume underneath your eye, creating a hollow appearance

If you’re interested in learning which blepharoplasty procedure is right for you, schedule your consultation at Awaken Aesthetics with Board Certified Oculoplastic Surgeon Dr. Liu and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lao, They can walk you through the procedures to help identify which one is the best treatment option for you.


By |August 18th, 2017|
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