Eyelid Surgery vs. Brow Lift: Which is Right for You?
If your goal is to have brighter, younger-looking eyes, then you have a number of surgical options available to you. Two of the most popular surgeries to enhance the eyes and the area around the eyes, are eyelid surgery and a brow lift. Both procedures can give you a more refreshed, youthful appearance, but deciding on which procedure is right for you depends on the specific results you’re looking to achieve.
As board-certified plastic surgeons, we can educate you about each type of surgery and help you determine which one will get you the desired outcomes.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is specifically designed to correct both upper and lower eyelids that can often sag and become puffy as we age.
Droopy upper-eyelids can interfere with vision and make a person look older than they are. In more extreme cases, the eyelids can droop so low that it’s hard for a person to completely open their eyes. Lower eyelids are prone to developing dark-circles or bags that can make anyone look exhausted, even if they’ve had a full night’s rest.
Eyelid surgery is a same-day, outpatient procedure that removes excess tissue from the upper and/or lower eyelids, reduces puffiness under the eyes, and diminishes dark circles for an overall more youthful, refreshed, and alert appearance. In addition, patients whose vision was blocked by their eyelids prior to surgery can expect to open their eyes more easily and have unobstructed vision after they are completely healed.
Note that eyelid surgery will not remove wrinkles around the eyes or “crow’s feet.” Nor will it correct any true vision problems or disorders of the eye.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?
If you are trying to decide if eyelid surgery is right for you, then ask yourself the following questions:
- Do my upper eyelids sag because of excess skin?
- Do I have bags under my eyes even when I am fully rested?
- Is my vision blocked by droopy eyelids?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then eyelid surgery might be the best choice for you.
What is a Brow Lift?
Like eyelid surgery, a brow or forehead lift can subtract years from a person’s facial appearance. But unlike eyelid surgery, the focus of the brow lift is the area of the face above the eyes, specifically around the eyebrows and forehead.
During this same-day outpatient procedure, your surgeon removes excess skin from the forehead and repositions muscles and tissue under the brow to eliminate wrinkles and deep furrows, soften a heavy brow, and restore a smoother, more youthful appearance to that area of the face.
Is a Brow Lift Right for Me?
If you are trying to decide if a brow lift is right for you, then ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the skin on my forehead excessively wrinkled?
- Do I have deep creases in my forehead that make me look worried or angry most of the time?
- Does my forehead sag, creating the appearance of a heavy brow?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then a brow lift is probably the right procedure for you.
Of course, the best way to determine which procedure will address your concerns is to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Fodero. He can listen to your concerns and tell you about all of the options available to you.
Northeastern Plastic Surgery understands your desire for a beautiful, youthful looking body and facial appearance. We use the latest plastic surgery techniques to perform a variety of surgical procedures. Dr. Fodero and the staff are very friendly, helpful, and available to answer any questions you may have about the procedures we offer. We strive to ensure that your experience with us is positive. Please contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.