Eyelift or Facelift? How to Know which Procedure is Appropriate

An eyelift, also known as “eye surgery” and “blepharoplasty”, restores a youthful look to eyes that have sagged and drooped.  Some patients believe that a droopy eyelid may indicate that a full facelift is required.  This is not necessarily the case and an eyelift or under eye correction may be performed independently of a facelift.

The eyes are the first part of the face to show aging. When we age the eyelids become heavier and begin to droop, sometimes interfering with your vision.  The lower eyelids begin to look baggy. Droopy eyes can make someone look substantially older and make them feel as if a full facelift is necessary.

Aging that’s not localized to the eyes occurs differently: gravity drags the skin downward and sun exposure takes its toll on the texture and tone of the skin. Cheeks become lax and lose firmness.  The marionette lines and nasolabial folds around the mouth deepen. The jawline starts to lose its taut, youthful definition.  The neck skin loosens and may develop banding.  A facelift can reverse this process by redraping skin and tightening the deep facial tissues.  An eye lift will not repair overall signs of aging on the face but can be done simultaneously with a facelift.

If the skin laxity on your cheeks, neck, and jawline and deep wrinkles can be corrected with dermal fillers, you are probably not ready for a facelift. If you do notice puffy bags below the eyes and loose skin in the eyelids you should consult with your plastic surgeon about eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery can make an immediate and impressive difference without the longer recovery from a facelift.

With eye surgery, lids can be lifted by removing excess skin. Lower lid surgery tightens up puffy, baggy skin. Either kind of eyelid surgery can be combined with a facelift to create a rejuvenated and refreshed look.

Every facial plastic surgery requires the skill of the best trained surgeons. Dr. Pugash is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.