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Brow Lift vs Eyelid Surgery for Rejuvenated Appearance

Few areas of the face have such a crucial impact on our looks than our eyes. Besides being a central feature on the most prominent area of our bodies, our eyes have the capacity to express a great deal about our feelings, character and lifestyle in addition to making a powerful statement about who we are by how they look. For example, it is all too easy to be mistaken for stern, sleepy or fatigued, disinterested or indifferent if our eyes and eyebrows — without our control — look puffy, droopy or saggy. This is not to mention what our eyes can say about our age if they are already showing symptoms, such as lines, wrinkles and excess skin laxity.

Ageing symptoms affecting the eye area can present in several different ways. The most common areas contributing to the look of the overall eye area include the eyebrow and upper lid. The eyebrow may droop or sag adding to our appearance a look of sleepiness, fatigue or age. Likewise, the upper eyelid may contribute to the appearance of early ageing by dropping or sagging. These symptoms can have one or more causes. Frequently, however, one procedure will have the ability to correct enough of the undesired eye appearance to create a substantially rejuvenated look and restore an attractive and refreshed look.

The Purpose of a Brow Lift Procedure

Brow lifts minimise the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes and can address the lines between the brows. Primary brow lift techniques commonly utilized include endoscopic, temporal and coronal brow lift.

Endoscopic brow lifts are the least invasive. This technique uses a small camera attached to a probe and via a small incision they can augment the tissues underlying the skin of your brow. Temporal brow lifts use slightly larger incisions at the edges of the temples to achieve more augmentation and can often be paired with a blepharoplasty to maximise rejuvenation. Coronal brow lifts use incisions that can span the full length of the brow, but the technique, while still used, is less popular than its less invasive counterparts.

Overworked facial muscles used when making certain expressions can remain in a tensed position, sustaining furrows and wrinkles. A brow lift repositions and relaxes these muscles to decrease this tension and smooth overlying facial skin.

The Purpose of an Eyelid Procedure

An eyelid surgery remedies droopy eyelid skin and can also address fat deposits under the eye. A blepharoplasty, as the procedure is also called, can treat several aesthetic and functional concerns, including droopy upper eyelids, loose skin and eyelid wrinkles. Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the upper eyelid area as well as the lower eyelid producing a more rested and alert appearance.

Sagging and loose eyelid skin can be conservatively excised during a blepharoplasty to minimise drooping and increase the youthful appearance of the upper eyelid. If laxity in the levator muscle — the muscle responsible for lifting the upper eyelid — is contributing to the droopiness of the eyelid, it can also be shortened to limit drooping and help the eye to open more, rejuvenating its appearance.

How Each Procedure Rejuvenates the Eye Area but in Different Ways

A brow lift and an eyelid surgery treat different areas of the eye and treat those areas using different techniques; however, the procedures share the same goal of rejuvenating the eye areas. A brow lift focuses on the eyebrow area including the muscles and the skin between and around the eye, while eyelid surgery focuses exclusively on the skin and muscle of the eyelid. Both procedures may involve skin excision or muscle augmentation if needed to realise the desired augmentation.

Both procedures diminish drooping, laxity and sagging while increasing skin tone, smoothing lines, wrinkles and furrows and further opening the eye area. Either an eyelid or brow lift procedure can provide overall rejuvenation of the eye area characterised by a more alert, awake and refreshed appearance. Because each procedure addresses the structural causes of these unwanted symptoms, they can provide improvements which are very long-lasting.

Which procedure is right for me?

Only an in-person consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon can determine whether you would benefit from an eyelid surgery, brow lift surgery or both treatments. In some cases, you can achieve your increased rejuvenation and your desired look through a single procedure. Note that while a combination approach can be beneficial in some cases, in others, it can lead to an overdone appearance.

Further, injectables, such as neuromodulators, can enable patients to preview their results, especially in the case of a brow lift, so that they can determine whether that procedure is the right one for them. Ultimately, the opinion of your specialist plastic surgeon will play a significant factor in your choice of surgeries since they can assess your underlying anatomy and provide a recommendation that will best complement your other features and create the most aesthetically pleasing overall result.

Schedule Your In-person Consultation Today

Niche Plastic Surgery advocates for its patients from the consultation process through surgery and to aftercare and support with the primary goal being that your cosmetic goals are realised in good health. The three specialist plastic surgeons at Niche Plastic Surgery — Dr Ramakrishnan, Dr Burge and Dr Barton — have qualifications and expertise in plastic, reconstructive, craniofacial and cosmetic surgery specialties and maintain a welcoming practice environment, prioritising surgeon-patient communication and patient comfort.

Call Niche Plastic Surgery today on 03 9853 9705 to schedule a consultation or book online. Niche Plastic Surgery looks forward to serving your needs.