The aging of the forehead is usually characterized by the descent of the eyebrows, which often causes a more tired appearance. Droopy brows are often treated with a brow lift, but there are times when an eyelid lift may be more appropriate. It’s often not easy to determine which procedure is most appropriate, because the position of the brow can affect the eyelids as well. Let’s take a closer look at each procedure and determine the differences between a brow lift and an eyelid lift.
What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is a surgical procedure that is done to lift the eyebrows. There are different types of brow lifts, including less invasive options such as the endoscopic brow lift.
An endoscopic brow lift is done with the assistance of a small surgical probe called an endoscope. The endoscope has a tiny camera and light on one end, and helps the surgeon view the area being treated. The incision for the endoscopic brow lift is much smaller than the one required for a traditional brow lift, and this reduces the likelihood of swelling, or numbness of the scalp around the incision line.
An endoscopic brow lift is a surgical procedure that is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The endoscope is inserted through incisions made in the forehead behind the hairline. During surgery the forehead skin is lifted, the eyebrows repositioned, and any extra skin is removed.
Downtime after the endoscopic brow lift is minimal, and the procedure gives a natural lift to the eyebrows. It also reduces the appearance of frown lines and horizontal forehead lines.
What is an Eyelid Lift?
An eyelid lift or blepharoplasty is a procedure that rejuvenates the eye area, as it improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. This involves removing any excess skin, and repositioning or taking out extra fat. Blepharoplasty corrects heavy upper eyelids caused by excess skin, and also fixes bags or creases below the eyes.
An eyelid lift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The incisions for the operation are typically made in the natural eyelid crease so scars are well-hidden.
There is some post-procedural bruising and swelling that lasts for a few days with most patients able to resume regular activities within 5-7 days.
Which Procedure and When?
The decision to have either a brow lift or an eyelid lift will depend on the specific conditions being corrected.
If your brows have descended from their natural position, and you don’t have excess skin on the upper eyelids, you may be a good candidate for a brow lift. A brow lift will elevate the brows, and restore their normal position and arch. It will also smooth out forehead wrinkles and creases.
If you have excess skin and fat deposits in the upper eyelids, fine lines along the lower eyelids, and under-eye bags, an eyelid lift may be the right option for you. An eyelid lift focuses only on the eyelids by getting rid of the excess skin and removing or repositioning the fat in order to open up the eyes, and make them look refreshed.
Seek Advice From a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
A brow lift and eyelid lift are complementary procedures, so there are times when both surgeries may be necessary to achieve a balanced outcome.
If you have sagging brows it’s always advisable to seek guidance from a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine which procedure would be most appropriate. The surgeon will examine the areas of your face that are bothering you, and then help you make the right choice.