What Are the Differences Between a Brow and Eyelid Lift?

Posted in Facial Procedures, Plastic Surgery

Your eyes and forehead are often the first parts of your face that begin to show signs of aging. Forehead lines can seem to show up and worsen overnight, while drooping eyelids and undereye bags can be more noticeable than deepening folds elsewhere. If these concerns sound familiar to you, you may be a candidate for a brow or lid lift. You may have already heard of these two procedures — both are excellent choices for those who want to eliminate signs of aging on the upper half of their face. However, the two procedures are designed to target different concerns. While you can choose to combine the two, it’s important to understand what each of them will accomplish so you can be sure you will achieve the results you want.

Brow Lift Results

Simply put, a brow lift, also called a forehead lift, targets everything at and above your eyebrows. During a brow lift, your surgeon makes tiny incisions along your hairline. Using an endoscope — or a larger tool if more work is needed — your surgeon can reposition the underlying muscle and tissues beneath your skin to eliminate the appearance of lines and wrinkles. In particular, transverse lines — worry lines or furrows that run across your forehead — and frown lines — deep crinkles between your eyebrows — can be treated with a brow lift. Additionally, If your eyebrows have begun to sag, you can opt to have them lifted by tightening the skin over your brow bone. But, while a forehead lift can help open your eyes by lifting your brows, it cannot fix heavy and drooping eyelids on its own.

Eyelid Lift Results

An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is geared towards concerns about your upper or lower eyelids. If your upper lids have become increasingly hooded or you have noticed undereye bags beginning to form, an eyelid lift is a perfect solution. During an eyelid lift, hidden incisions are made along the natural creases of your eyelids. In an upper blepharoplasty, excess skin on your top eyelid is removed or tightened to combat sagging and drooping. In a lower blepharoplasty, baggy fat pockets that have fallen or pooled within your lower eyelid are eliminated or repositioned to bring back fullness and evenness. Blepharoplasties focus solely on the eyelids; if you have additional concerns about forehead or frown lines, you will need to combine a blepharoplasty with a brow lift to combat both.

Other Options

Finally, there are some things that neither brow lifts nor eyelid lifts can combat. Both of these procedures focus on the upper half of your face. If you have concerns about wrinkles and lines around your nose, mouth, cheeks or chin, you may want to consider a full or mini facelift or dermal filler injections instead. Like a brow lift, a facelift can be combined with a blepharoplasty to achieve a wider range of results — a facelift essentially includes a brow lift, but is a more comprehensive procedure that addresses signs of aging across the whole face. If your eyelid concerns are limited to your lower lids or your forehead lines are not too severe, dermal fillers or other injectables can sometimes be used to combat undereye bags and even out forehead texture.

To find out what procedure or combination of procedures is right for you, it’s best to discuss your particular needs with a professional plastic surgeon. If you are seeking treatment in the Atlanta, Georgia area, look no further than Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center — with four locations in Fayetteville, La Grange, McDonough and Ashley Park, we are equipped to meet your needs quickly and conveniently. Call us today at 770-461-4000 to schedule your consultation.

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