08 May Why Eyelid Lifts and Brow Lifts Pair Perfectly Together
Contrary to what the name suggests, a facelift doesn’t actually address the entire face. Instead, this popular surgery—also available at RefinedMD—actually lifts the skin on the lower half of the face and the neck. The vast majority of facelifts automatically include a necklift. However, the earliest signs of aging usually occur on the upper half of the face in the way of crow’s lines around the eyes and sagging brows or brows with deep creases. If you want to get rid of these signs of getting older, you’re going to need an eyelid lift, brow lift, or all three.
Think there are just two procedures here? Eyelid lifts fall into two distinct categories but are often performed during the same procedure: upper eyelid lifts and lower eyelid lifts. Also known as blepharoplasty, an eyelid lift is one of the quickest and easiest of plastic surgeries. This procedure also heals very quickly thanks to the ample blood flow in the area. Combining these two kinds of eyelid lifts is a good idea for many because the eye area ages very differently from top to bottom.
The Difference Between Blepharoplasty Procedures
An upper eyelid lift fixes sagging skin on the upper eyelid. The medical term for this condition is ptosis, and everyone will have it to some degree in their life. In the most severe cases, it can even interfere with your vision. However, most people have sagging upper eyelid skin that simply makes them look older and tired. Worse, ptosis usually isn’t symmetrical, so you’ll probably notice that one eyelid sags more or in a different way than the other. Upper blepharoplasty trims away excess skin so that eyes are symmetrical, bright, and open. The incision is hidden in the crease of the eyelid so it camouflages very well.
Lower blepharoplasty gets rid of sagging, bags, and sometimes even dark circles under the eyelids. You may have noticed scrunching or excessive wrinkles under the eye when you smile. This is typically caused by skin laxity in the area but can also be caused in part by eye-pocket fat. Sometimes the skin in this area needs to be trimmed just like with the upper eyelid lift. When this is the case, the incision is hidden along the lower lashline. However, if you have a fat pocket, it is removed with an incision inside the eyelid. This allows for invisible healing. Whether you need skin removed, fat removed, or both, a lower blepharoplasty can help. Sometimes a filler or collagen induction therapy in the lower eyelid area can also be helpful, especially if there is a hollowness and/or dark circles that are caused by thin skin in this region.
Brow Lift Add-On
The most common complement to an eyelid lift is a brow lift. Brow lifts are just what they sound like—skin is trimmed away that causes the sagging and bunching above the brows. Incisions are hidden within the hairline. Many times, combining Botox in the forehead with a brow lift (or adding this neuromodulator treatment a few weeks after surgery) can help prevent those creases from forming so quickly again. A sagging or heavy brow not only makes you look older than you are, but can also make you look grumpy. Men are particularly prone to this condition, but it affects women, too.
If you’ve noticed that you’re showing signs of aging in the upper half of the face, you probably don’t need a facelift—instead, what you need are facial plastic surgeries that address your key concerns. Many clients are also good candidates for a combination facelift/eyelid lift(s)/browlift. A consultation is where we can determine what your authentic concerns and goals are.
In most cases, a combination of treatments is going to yield the best results. It is very uncommon that a singular procedure will actually give you the exact results you want. Combining facial plastic surgeries is very common and can be a great way to get organic-looking results that will last for years. By adding on non-surgical treatments you can extend and improve the results.
If you’re interested in learning more about facial cosmetic surgery at RefinedMD, get in touch with our team today. Call the office during business hours or, for the fastest response, fill out the online contact form today.