Do I Need a Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery or Both?

brow lift blogIt’s been said that eyes are the windows to the soul. But do you feel like your eyes are representing what’s really inside you? If you look in the mirror and see droopy skin, dark circles or wrinkles around your eyes, maybe it’s time for a refresh. Read on to learn more about brow lift and eyelid surgery.

Why do my eyes look older than I feel?

Your eyes get a lot of attention. They’re usually the first thing people notice about you, and they help bring beauty and expression to your face. Unfortunately, they are also often the first place we show signs of aging.

Think about how the skin around your eyes crinkles when you’re smiling or furrows when you’re concentrating. Over time, your skin loses its elasticity and those crinkles become wrinkles. The loss of skin elasticity can also lead to droopiness that makes you look tired.

To make matters worse, the skin around your eyes typically becomes thinner as you age, which causes things like dark circles and puffiness.

How can I rejuvenate my eyes?

The good news is that you don’t have to accept it. There are relatively minor cosmetic procedures that can help you rejuvenate your eye area and leave you looking naturally beautiful and refreshed.

Brow lift
Horizontal lines on your forehead, the vertical lines between your eyebrows, and drooping skin over your eyelids are signs that your eyebrows are sagging. They can make you look as though you’re upset, which is certainly not the way you want to present yourself to the world. If this is a concern to you, it may be time to consider an eyebrow lift.

A brow lift (sometimes called a forehead lift) removes excess skin on your forehead and repositions your brows to give a smoother, brighter appearance. It’s performed with tiny incisions hidden in your hairline.

Eyelid surgery
If your eyelids look droopy and heavy or if you notice dark circles and puffiness around your eyes, eyelid surgery may be your answer.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a common procedure to treat the excess skin, puffiness and dark circles that contribute to that “tired look.”

During eyelid surgery, your surgeon removes excess skin and fat from your eyelids and tightens the tissues. Lower blepharoplasty is primarily used to address under-eye bags and pockets of fat beneath the eye, while upper blepharoplasty is used to correct drooping upper eyelids that affect expression and possibly even your vision.

A combination of cosmetic eye procedures
Sometimes, a combination of procedures is needed to accomplish the best results. For instance, if your eyelids are sunken or hollow, fat grafting or hyaluronic acid fillers can be added to your eyelids for a more rejuvenated look.

Some people find they have both drooping brows and excess skin on their eyelids, so they choose to have a combination of both a brow lift and eyelid surgery.

How long does it take to recover from brow lift and eyelid surgery?

Whether you’re considering a brow lift or eyelid surgery, you can rest easy knowing that both procedures can be performed as outpatient surgeries under local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia—which means an easier recovery for you. Bruising and swelling is expected for a few days after these procedures. You can use ice and anti-inflammatories to help with any swelling and discomfort.

In some cases, you may also have stitches that will need to be removed one to two weeks after your surgery.

It takes at least two weeks to completely recover. So, make sure you schedule your procedure at least three weeks before any event you plan on attending where you want to look your best.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Schedule a complimentary consultation with an expert cosmetic surgeon at the Emory Aesthetic Center. We can help you determine which procedure(s) is right for you and provide you with beautiful and natural results that fit your unique needs.

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or call us at 404-778-6880 to schedule your personal consultation.

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