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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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Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Surgery and Recovery Explained

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can make you look years younger. Nonsurgical options include hyaluronic acid and fat injections.People often refer to eyes as windows to the soul. In fact, our eyes do provide lots of information about our emotional state. According to Psychology Today, we can tell a genuine from a fake smile by looking at a person’s eyes. The mouth shape of a smile is easy to fake—we do it all the time out of politeness. But our eyes are usually the giveaway.

The area around our eyes (the periocular area) also plays a crucial role in how we express ourselves and communicate with others. Aging in this area can change how others see us and can mean the difference between being seen as “bright-eyed” or tired.

As we get older, our eyelid tissues become thinner and our skin loses elasticity. We may also notice more puffiness around our eyes, as well as dark circles and wrinkles. The good news is there are several options for rejuvenating the periocular area:

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers
  • Fat grafting

Eyelid surgery for a younger, fresher look

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a common procedure that can refresh the area around your eyes. Making tiny incisions along your eyelids (in the natural creases so the scars are hidden), your surgeon will remove any excess skin or fat from your upper and/or lower eyelids, and tighten the tissues.

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery usually done under local anesthesia with sedation. This involves numbing the area around your eyes to prevent any feeling of pain during your procedure in combination with medicine to calm you. In some cases, your surgeon may recommend general anesthesia instead.
Either way, you can go home the same day.

Typically, you can expect a complete recovery in about two weeks. You will experience some bruising and swelling for a few days after your surgery, so you may not want to plan any major social events during that time frame. Use ice and anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen) to help with your swelling or any discomfort. You may also need to have stitches removed a few days after your procedure.

Nonsurgical options

If you can’t or don’t want to have surgery, you still have options for refreshing your look. For hollowed eyelids (or deep, dark circles), hyaluronic acid fillers or fat grafting are effective, nonsurgical methods for plumping up the tissue around your eyes.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary, but can be repeated as needed. Our specialists provide hyaluronic acid injections in the office using topical anesthetic to numb the area around your eyes.

Fat grafting is a more permanent solution, but since fat is partially reabsorbed, you may need more than one injection session. In this procedure, fat is taken from another area of your body and injected into hollow or drooping areas around your eyes. Because it’s your own tissue, your body won’t reject it – it’s your own natural filler. Fat grafting requires local anesthesia to numb the area where the fat is harvested and where it will be injected.

You can go home immediately after both procedures. There may be some bruising and swelling for a few days following your injection or grafting procedure, but you should experience a quick recovery. Ice is recommended to help with swelling and Ibuprofen can be used to help with any discomfort.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you’re ready to refresh your eye area, the expert cosmetic surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center can help you determine the best treatment option for you.

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