Brow Lift vs. Blepharoplasty – Which will give you the best cosmetic outcome
Plastic surgery of the eyelids can dramatically rejuvenate a tired, exhausted face, and take years off your appearance.
Drooping eyelids are a common feature of the upper face as the skin ages and loses elasticity. It is always advisable to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if sagging eyelids should be corrected by undergoing a browlift vs blepharoplasty.
Sagging eyelids reduce the definition between the eyebrows and the orbital rim, making you appear older. The choice of whether to do a browlift or blepharoplasty will be determined by the amount of excess skin on the upper eyelids, as well as the position of the brow. Both procedures may be necessary for some individuals.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), is typically recommended for patients that have redundant skin in the upper eyelids. This upper blepharoplasty is usually done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia, and takes about an hour to complete. The procedure removes excess skin and fat, which tightens the skin, restoring definition and youthfulness to the eyelids.
A brow lift is recommended for people with significant descent of the outer end of the eyebrow (lateral brow). The procedure repositions and elevates the brows, and makes the eyes appear more open. However, it does not address the issue of redundant skin. If the brows are already at the level of the orbital bone above the eyes, then a brow lift is not recommended.
The endoscopic brow lift is now widely performed. It requires a short recovery time, unlike traditional techniques such as the coronal brow lift, with an incision made behind the hairline via endoscope. Then the brow is lifted, minimizing lines, sagging skin and drooping.
In some cases, patients who combine both the upper blepharoplasty and the brow lift will see optimal results.
If you would like to correct heaviness or excess skin in your upper eyelids, contact Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury, MN, to find out more. Dr. Heather Rocheford will determine if you need a brow lift, blepharoplasty, or both, to restore youthful eyes. Call her office today at 651-739-1100 and schedule your appointment.