Eyelid Surgery vs. Brow Lift: Which Is Best for Me? By Gregory Mesna on November 22, 2016

A woman smiling by a windowPatients know that the team at our Minneapolis plastic surgery center has their best interests in mind. We offer a wide array of procedures to treat cosmetic problems, and we always tailor our approaches to meet the needs of our patients.

When it comes to wrinkle reduction and anti-aging procedures for the face, cosmetic upper and lower eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery can both have positive results. Let's take a moment to compare these surgeries and then consider when one may be a better option than another.

About Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Also known as blepharoplasty, cosmetic eyelid surgery is performed in order to reduce the cosmetic flaws that affect the eye area. Specifically, the surgery is done in order to correct a drooping upper eyelid or reduce the sagging, bagginess, and puffiness of the lower eyelid.

Each of the surgeries involves unique incisions. For the upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made along the natural crease/fold of the upper eyelid; for the lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made just beneath the eyelashes. Through these incisions, a plastic surgeon is able to remove excess tissue, adjust the underlying structures of the eyelid, and enhance overall appearance.

Ideal Candidates for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

The best candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery are people who experience serious issues with the upper or lower eyelids. These cosmetic issues may result in a haggard or aged appearance. When the upper eyelid sags, it can impair a person's vision, sometimes significantly. Patients should have realistic expectations about the surgery, its recovery process, and the nature of post-surgical scarring.

About Brow Lift Surgery

Also known as a forehead lift, the brow lift is performed in order to eliminate the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles along the forehead. These are often formed when people squint or make different sorts of facial expressions, though some forehead lines remain there as deep creases even when a person's face is at rest.

During a brow lift, a series of incisions are made along the hairline and the front portion of the scalp. Through these carefully hidden incisions, the plastic surgeon is able to remove excess skin and tissue, tightening the remaining facial skin and causing wrinkles to vanish as a result.

Ideal Candidates for Brow Lift Surgery

Good candidates for brow lift surgery are people who have major static wrinkles along the forehead, or issues with dynamic wrinkles that lead to deep folds. If the patient has experienced some degree of baldness or hair loss, the traditional surgical procedure may need to be modified to prevent visible scarring along the crown and hairline. Patients should have realistic expectations about the surgery, its recovery process, and the nature of post-surgical scarring.

When Is Eyelid Surgery Better Than Brow Lift?

When a person has serious issues with the eye area but no real problems with the forehead lines or creases, eyelid surgery is typically a better option.

When Is Brow Lift Better Than Eyelid Surgery?

When a person has deep folds on the forehead but no significant issues with the upper or lower eyelids, brow lift is a sure option to consider.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery Options

For more information about your facial plastic surgery options and how we can help you look younger and more rejuvenated, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at our practice is here to help you look your best.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

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