13 Jan The Trifecta of Facial Plastic Surgery: Facelifts, Brow Lifts, and Eyelid Lifts
Before you started researching facial plastic surgery, you probably knew about facelifts, but don’t overlook brow lifts and eyelid lifts. These are the three facial specialties of Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sudeep Roy, and many times patients discover that choosing all three is the best approach to getting the lasting results they want. The procedures treat three very different parts of the face, each prone to unique types of aging. Choosing the right procedure or procedures for you begins with a zero-pressure consultation where you might be surprised to learn that getting the results you deserve means a different surgery than you think.
Let’s begin with the facelift, the most commonly known facial cosmetic surgery. It can certainly make you look several years younger, but a facelift only addresses the lower half of the face (including the neck). Neck lifts are almost always part of a facelift, which means you’re actually getting two procedures in one. This popular procedure lifts and tightens the skin on the lower half of the face (including the jowls and under the chin) as well as the neck. Facelifts remove marionette lines around the face, sagging cheeks, and of course the dreaded turkey neck.
A lot of patients also opt for liposuction under the chin, which can easily be handled during surgery. It’s a common area for excess pockets of fat to gather. Combining liposuction with plastic surgery can optimize results and help you maintain them over several years. But what about the upper half of the face? That’s where brow lifts and eyelid lifts come in.
Completing Your Facial Rejuvenation
It’s often the upper half of the face that reveals the earliest signs of aging. From a droopy, heavy brow to sagging eyelid skin, crow’s feet, and under-eye bags, the thin skin in this area is simply more susceptible to lax skin than other parts of the body. A brow lift can erase wrinkles on the forehead and lift sagging brows for a more youthful, alert appearance. There are different types of brow lifts depending on the severity of the droopiness as well as your goals. Incisions can be hidden in the hairline so the results look completely natural.
Eyelid lifts treat, of course, the delicate area around the eyes. Also known as blepharoplasty, there are upper eyelid lifts and lower eyelid lifts. Upper eyelid lifts remove excess skin (and sometimes fat) that cause droopiness of the eyes. If you can feel your eyelids “resting” on your lashes or no longer see the natural eye creases when you look in the mirror, those are good signs that an upper eyelid lift might be for you.
The Eyes Have It
The great news about upper eyelid lifts is that they’re sometimes covered by your insurance. Excessive droop in this area can be severe enough to cause ptosis, which is what happens when sagging skin obstructs your vision. There’s a simple, non-invasive, in-office test your surgeon uses to determine if you have ptosis. If you do, it’s time to contact your insurance agency to see if the procedure is covered. Whether you get upper eyelid surgery to treat ptosis or as a strictly cosmetic procedure, the surgery and results are identical.
Lower eyelid surgery isn’t covered by insurance but does wonders to make you look younger, healthier, and more vibrant. This surgery can remove wrinkles and treat under-eye bags. These common issues are often one of the first signs of aging you notice, especially in pictures. If you’ve started avoiding smiling because it highlights wrinkles and bags in this area, make 2020 the year you reclaim yourself and your confidence.
Pairing lower eyelid surgery with dermal fillers to also remove dark circles is a popular option. We lose “good fat” in this area with age, and sometimes just because of genetics. Getting rid of wrinkles with tightened skin in this area is great, but if you also have dark circles you might benefit from fillers. They provide a buffer between your skin and blood vessels below the surface to erase dark circles.