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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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How Do I Know if I Need an Upper Eyelid Lift or a Brow Lift?

Brow LiftSagging eyelids are a common problem that most people will experience with the aging process. Because the face functions as a single unit (meaning what occurs in the forehead affects the eyebrows and eyelids, which in turn can affect the lower face), it can be difficult at times to determine a single source for a particular concern. The truth is, it is the combination of sagging brows and excess skin on the eyelids that result in the sagging appearance of the eyelids. No two patients are alike, and it is important to tease out what is contributing to the sagging eyelids to determine which surgical repair is the most appropriate.

Upper eyelids lose elasticity over time and become redundant, giving them a tired appearance. For most women, this starts to occur in their early forties as they start to notice difficulty applying and visualizing their eye makeup. For men, it usually becomes a problem much later. When the redundancy is mild, it is mainly a cosmetic issue. When it becomes severe, it can sometimes interfere with a patient’s vision. Either case, the surgical treatment for this is an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), where the excess skin, and usually the fat underneath the skin, is removed. This is a very common procedure that is performed and can significantly help to restore the rejuvenated appearance to the upper face.

A sagging brow should be approached with more caution, since a brow lift can significantly change the appearance and expression of the upper face. An aesthetically pleasing eyebrow usually rests at or slightly above the brow bone. For females, the outer aspect of the brow is slightly arched so that the tail of the brow is higher than the inner corner. For males, the brow tends to be essentially straight. With the aging process, the loss of skin elasticity and loss of volume from fat atrophy, result in sagging of the brows that can contribute to the sagging appearance of the eyelids. When the brows drop significantly below the brow bone, it will most likely need to be addressed surgically in order to enhance the results seen from a blepharoplasty.

There are several techniques to correct a sagging brow depending on the patient. Traditionally, a large incision across the hairline was required. There are still instances where this type of correction is needed, especially for patients with a severe droop across the entire length of the brow. Alternatively, a direct brow lift is where the incision is made immediately above the brow hairs and an ellipse of skin and soft tissue above the brows are excised and stitched closed. Although highly effective, it does leave behind a visible scar, thus making it ideal for male patients with thick brow hairs that can mask the scar. A modified version of this approach is to address the outer aspect of the brow, which leaves a minimal scar with good results. With the advent of endoscopic surgery, a brow lift can now be performed with just a small incision behind the hairline.

Many different options exist and each patient needs to be evaluated individually. A thorough preoperative examination by your surgeon is always necessary to determine which combination of surgeries would result in the best cosmetic outcome. Let the board-certified surgeons of the Emory Aesthetic Center help develop a plan that is tailored specifically to your desires and needs. Come in for your complimentary consultation.