Aging eyelids can be especially frustrating since it can take a toll on your self-confidence without offering many easy solutions. However, there are several effective solutions when you partner with a board-certified plastic surgeon. It’s normal to feel confused when looking at your eyelid surgery options, but your plastic surgeon can determine the right one for you. Two common options are the surgical brow lift, the Botox® brow lift, and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). Here is what to know about the two and which one can achieve your goals
A brow lift is a procedure that lifts the forehead to reduce wrinkles and aging in the forehead. It is commonly combined with an upper blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery to get rid of sagging skin around the eyes.
Generally, the brow lift is performed using tiny incisions behind the hairline, so they are not noticeable. The surgery usually takes around an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery time can vary from a few days up to three weeks before you are completely healed. The result is a smoother, more awake look.
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to correct droopy upper or lower eyelids. These sagging lids can be caused by aging, weight loss, genetics, and some medical conditions such as thyroid disease.
The surgery itself usually lasts about an hour depending on whether you opt for upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. It is usually performed with general anesthesia at your plastic surgeon’s surgery center. Full recovery takes a few weeks and it’s normal to experience mild discomfort, dryness, bruising, and swelling around the eyes. The result is a reduction in eye bags, hooded eyelids, and overall aging.
A Botox brow lift is a non-surgical technique that can minimally lift the brows without incisions or downtime. It works by injecting small amounts of Botox into specific muscles in your upper forehead such as the corrugator supercilii, procerus, and frontalis. This relaxing effect will reduce tension on these muscles, allowing them to rest at their natural position. This can have an overall lifting effect on the brows – however, Botox is not a permanent solution, and you’ll need to return for treatment every 3-4 months.
When deciding on the right eyelid lift technique, it is important to consider the desired results you are looking for. The more natural, subtle look of Botox injections might be best suited for some while others may prefer an actual eyelid or brow lift surgery that lasts longer and produces more noticeable results. The best way to make an informed decision is by meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can recommend the right options for your goals.
There are many factors that go into choosing the best procedure for your sagging eyelids. To learn more and meet with our expert, board-certified plastic surgeons, we invite you to contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery by calling or filling out our online form.
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