Difference Between Blepharoplasty and Lower Blepharoplasty?

I want to know if both procedures are the same.

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Blepharoplasty

Hi,

Thank you for your question!

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a general term for repairing the eyelids for either cosmetic or medical reasons. Lower blepharoplasty refers to only repairing the lower lids. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper, lower, or both eyelids.

Have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. They will be able explain all of your options and advise on whats best for you!

Best regards,

Dr. Speron


Chicago Plastic Surgeon

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Not the same procedure

An upper or lower blepharoplasty can be performed. The goal of an upper blepharoplasty is to remove excess skin and a little bit of fat on the upper lid. The goal of lower blepharoplasty surgery is primarily to remove excess bags on the lower lids. Sometimes a small pinch of skin is excised at the lash line when necessary. Both are done under general anesthesia because the fat pads are very painful to remove under local anesthesia.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Blepharoplasty means surgery on the eyelids

There are many different types of blepharoplasty, including upper and lower lid blepharoplasty, transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty, subciliary lower lid blepharoplasty, laser assisted blepharoplasty, lower lid blepharoplasty with canthopexy or canthoplasty. All of these terms can be confusing and it is important that you have frank, open discussions with your surgeon to be sure you understand the procedure you have done is the one appropriate for you problem.

"Blepharo" means "eyelid" in Greek.

Hi!

"Blepharo" just means "eyelid" in Greek.  So a blepharoplasty is a plastic operation on the eyelids.  That can be upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or all 4 eyelids.

Lower blepharoplasty means plastic operation on the lower eyelids only.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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About Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty means repair of the eyelids. The surgery is usually performed for cosmetic enhancement but, at times, is done in order to correct a medical problem. An upper blepharoplasty is performed on the upper eyelids and and a lower blepharoplasty is performed on the lower eyelids. This type of surgery is very customized for each patient. So when someone has a blepharoplasty, upper or lower, it may be a very different operation from what another patient needs.

I suggest that you have a consultation with a qualified surgeon who performs blepharoplasty. If the consultation goes well, your options should be very clear and you should understand about upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty and what that means in terms of your situation.

Hope this is helpful.

Marc Cohen, MD
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
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One is a general term, the other is more specific

Blepharoplasty is the term used to describe cosmetic surgery on the eyelids. There are many techniques available for eyelid rejuvenation. Seek out a specialist in facial and eyelid surgery to discuss the options.
Lower Blepharoplasty is when just the lower eyelids. Sometimes the upper eyelids do not need surgical rejuvenation so just the lower eyelids are considered.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Blepharoplasty versus lower blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty involves the removal or reshaping of skin and/or deeper tissues from the upper eyelids or the lower eyelids. A lower blepharoplasty refers only to the lower eyelids.

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