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How to Decide Between an Eyelid Surgery and a Brow Lift

Depending on the underlying causes, patients interested in correcting upper eyelid drooping may require an eyelid surgery or a brow lift, or a combination of both procedures. Here’s how to tell which cosmetic surgery will be most appropriate for you.

Everyone experiences changes in some degree to their skin, bones, and muscles, as they age. While natural aging affects the appearance of the entire face, the area around the eyes is most often the first facial area to show signs of aging. 

These can include: 

  • Dark circles and eye bags
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasolabial folds 
  • Drooping of the upper eyelid 

Customized Blepharoplasty and Brow Lifts at Our Edmonton Clinic 

At our Edmonton clinic, we offer our patients both surgical and non-surgical anti-aging cosmetic procedures to help you achieve all your aesthetic goals in a safe and quick manner. Whether you’re looking for liposuction, an eyelid surgery, or a non-invasive treatment such as Botox or Juvederm, we can assess your needs and general health to help determine which option will be best for you. 


Eyelid Surgery vs Brow Lift: What’s The Difference?

One of the most undesirable forms of facial aging is drooping of the upper eyelid. This can be triggered by two specific issues: 

  1. Excess loose skin and fat pads develop in the upper eye, giving an old and tired appearance. 
  2. The brow descends, creating further heaviness to the lateral eyelid (referred to as hooding). 

Depending on the underlying causes, patients interested in correcting upper eyelid drooping may require a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), a brow lift, or a combination of both procedures. 

Here is some information to help you decide which procedure might be most appropriate for you:

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (or upper blepharoplasty) will address drooping of the eye that is caused when sagging skin, loose muscle, or excess fat tissue along the upper eye hangs down over the eyelid. 

What happens during an eyelid surgery? This form of eyelid surgery will target the upper lids and is ideal for correcting fatty or excess skin that can fall over the eye, causing a disruption in the natural contour of the upper eyelid, and in severe cases, visual impairment. 

During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will make a fine incision in the natural upper eyelid crease and then: 

  • Remove fat deposits
  • Tighten muscles and tissues
  • Remove excess skin 

Brow Lift 

Brow lift surgery addresses the weakening of the eyebrows caused by slack muscles and connective tissue in the upper face. 

What happens during the brow lift? Brow lifts, also known as forehead lifts, can be performed in different ways, but the cosmetic procedure is designed to: 

  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Improve frown lines
  • Place the eyebrows in a more youthful position 

As you age, unsightly wrinkles may appear on the forehead. Frown lines between the brows can make you look angry or ‘too serious’ and drooping eyebrows can hood your upper eyelids, making you appear tired. 

If you are bothered by any of these signs of aging in the brow region, then a brow lift might be right for you. 

How to Determine Whether You Need an Eyelid Surgery or a Brow Lift 

The best way to determine whether an eyelid surgery or brow lift is for you, is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. The correct diagnosis of the underlying cause is the only way to ensure good results. 

Your surgeon may first consider the state of your eyebrows and will perform a simple exam to determine three possible outcomes: 

  • If your brow is already near the ideal position and drooping is occurring, then just an upper blepharoplasty may be necessary. 
  • If your drooping completely goes away when your surgeon raises your eyebrows to the ideal position, then a brow lift may be necessary. 
  • If your drooping improves (but is not adequately corrected) by raising the brow to its ideal position, then a combination of an upper blepharoplasty and a brow lift may be required. 

Book a Consultation Today 

The best way to ensure the safest results from your brow lift, eyelid surgery, or any other cosmetic procedure, is by scheduling an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon. To find out more, fill out our online contact form.

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