The Brow Lift & Eyelid Lift: A Perfect Combination

There are many types of facial rejuvenation surgeries all tailored to different areas of concern where the signs of aging are the most prevalent. While some patients desire only one surgery to help improve their overall look and appear younger, many patients wish they could have a little bit of everything on the surgical menu. One common surgery pairing, the brow lift and the eyelid lift, can work together beautifully to give you a complete rejuvenation of the eye area.

What the Brow Lift Can Do

You know it’s time for a brow lift if your eyebrows have begun to sink lower, closing in on your eyes. As we age, gravity can take this prominent area of the face downward along with it, sometimes making a person look angry or sad. Typically, sagging eyebrows are one of the first indicators of this aging problem. Eventually, if left untreated, they may even droop over the eyes and partially block your vision. Most people don’t experience sagging to this extreme, but it can occur, making a brow lift more than just cosmetically necessary. A brow lift can correct drooping, sagging issues in this area and turn an angry look around. Sometimes called a forehead lift, the browlift procedure can restore a more youthful and refreshed look to the upper portion of the face. Not only will your drooping brow be lifted to a more natural position, but any deep horizontal lines or furrows between the brows will be decreased in appearance as well. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will work to remove or alter muscles and tissues in order to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows, and minimize frown lines in the area. The conventional surgical method involves an incision hidden just behind the hairline, whereas the less invasive endoscopic brow lift procedure is done with minimal incisions and a viewing instrument called an endoscope. Both techniques can deliver high quality results for a smoother forehead and a more youthful, animated appearance.

What an Eyelid Lift Can Do

In some cases, the problems with gravity extend downward beyond the brow bone and into the eyelids themselves, often having much the same effect. As the skin ages, it loses elasticity and collagen production slows to a crawl. These are the perfect circumstances for gravity to cause damage, leaving the eyelids droopy and saggy, sometimes folding over the eyelashes and into the eyes. What was once a smooth, taut canvas suddenly becomes a crinkled mess of loose, extra skin, and fat deposits. An eyelid lift surgery, in much the way that a brow lift can repair drooping, will work to reduce the excess skin and lift the eyelids back into place. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, lasts about one to three hours and can be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelid. Your surgeon will make all incisions along the natural lines of the eyelids, usually in the creases of the upper lids and just beneath the lashes in the lower lids. Next, the surgeon will work to separate the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle, remove any excess fat, and then trim away the extra skin and muscle. The end result is younger-looking eyes with firmer skin and a smoother surface to the eyelids.

Combine Surgeries for the Ultimate Rejuvenation

Because aging affects the entire face, and body, it’s rare to find any man or woman with just one problem area. If both the eyes and upper portion of the face are a concern, then neither the brow lift nor the eyelid lift with completely restore that youthful look on its own. Actually, for some patients, having only one surgery to solve half the problem can make the other half appear even worse in contrast. The brow and eyelid areas are so close together that it is very common for patients to elect to have both procedures performed at once. Surgeons are easily able to work on both areas during the same surgery. In fact, it can be more convenient for you as the patient to do both surgeries together too, rather than having one and seeing how you feel before going ahead with the second. Your recovery time, post-operative care, and activity restrictions won’t change but the results you’ll get will be double for one surgery and one recovery. By combining the eyelid lift with a brow lift surgery, you’ll get the complete rejuvenation that you’ve been hoping for and only have to make one surgical appointment.

Get Started with Weniger Plastic Surgery

The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for blepharoplasty and/or a brow lift is to consult with a reputable plastic surgeon specializing in facial rejuvenation procedures, like renowned South Carolina plastic surgeons Dr. Weniger. The surgeon can analyze your face and the changes aging have made to decide if you require both surgeries together. In talking with you about your desires and expectations, your plastic surgeon can customize his approach to suit your needs and deliver the results you want. At Weniger Plastic Surgery, Frederick G. Weniger, M.D., F.A.C.S. is ready to provide their years of experience and knowledge in a one-on-one consultation with you. Dr. Weniger is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He believes good information lies at the heart of success in all of his surgeries and interactions with his patients. To schedule a consultation, contact the office of Weniger Plastic Surgery today at (843) 757-0123. They are located at 350 Fording Island Road, Suite 200, in Bluffton, South Carolina.