When to Consider Lower Blepharoplasty

A few months ago, Dr. Jonathan Grant published a post exploring when it is appropriate to pursue upper blepharoplasty. He thought his readers would also be interested to know when to pursue lower blepharoplasty.

As you can see from Dr. Grant’s photo gallery of before-and-after images, lower blepharoplasty can make an enormously positive improvement in the appearance of the eyes and the entire face.

Read on as Dr. Grant explains the scenarios in which it makes sense to consider lower eyelid surgery.

You Have Dark Circles, Rings or Bags under Your Eyes

The tear troughs are the grooves right underneath the lower eyelid. They start at the inner corner of the eyes and continue down to the cheeks. Normally, tear troughs have a very slight indentation or depression, but age, sun exposure, genetics and lifestyle factors can cause this indentation to deepen. The shadows from the indentations create the appearance of dark circles or rings.

Another way that the tear troughs can change is to develop undereye “bags,” which are actually pockets of bulging fat underneath the lower eyelids.

Dr. Grant performs modern blepharoplasty techniques to correct these deformities and minimize the appearance of dark circles, rings or bags underneath the eyes. This may include filling out hollowness or reducing or repositioning fat. The exact technique depends on the problem.

You Have Wrinkles under Your Eyes

Aging, smoking, sun exposure and other factors can cause the skin underneath the eyes to noticeably wrinkle and look thin or “crepey.” Depending on the specific location, severity and quantity of wrinkles, lower blepharoplasty may be a wonderful solution. Generally, lower eyelid surgery is best for severe undereye wrinkles.

You Want to Look More Youthful or Attractive

Perhaps you can’t quite identify what you don’t like about your eyelids, but you believe they make you look old, unhappy or fatigued. The goal of any lower blepharoplasty procedure is to create a more youthful and attractive appearance in the eyes, which brightens up the entire face.

Learn More about Lower Blepharoplasty

When considering lower blepharoplasty, it is important to find a doctor with the right experience. Lower blepharoplasty is a complex operation, and the surgeon must have the skills necessary for the challenge. Patients in the Western Washington area trust lower blepharoplasty to Dr. Grant, who is a fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon known for his experience and meticulous technique.

To discuss lower blepharoplasty with Dr. Grant, please call (360) 336-1947 or email our practice today.