Eyelid Tuck and Brow Lift
For sagging and tired-looking eyes, these surgeries will make you look more youthful and rested
About Eye & Brow Lift Surgery
Are you tired, happy, sad, angry? Your eyes can tell a lot about you. Excess skin and heaviness of the eyelids and eyebrows is often the first place we notice aging. Botox and fillers can help but eyelid surgery offers a more permanent solution. If you find yourself constantly arching your eyebrows to see better, it’s time to think about an eyelid lift!
Men and women over the age of 18 with ptosis (drooping) or heaviness of the eyelids and/or eyebrows.
An eyelid lift addresses excess skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids. A brow lift addresses excess skin and heaviness of the brows.
It is important to be in good health prior to elective surgery. If you are being treated for any chronic health condition, such as high blood pressure, we will require surgical clearance from your primary care physician prior to surgery. For surgeries requiring general anesthesia, a current EKG and basic blood work are also required. All of these precautions will contribute to a swift recovery.
Mild bruising and swelling around your eyes is expected and will improve rapidly the week after surgery. It is important to refrain from driving until swelling has subsided enough for you to have a full range of vision, typically 2-7 days post op. Sleeping at a slight incline for 1-2 weeks after surgery will help minimize bruising and swelling.
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Frequently asked Questions
Where do you place the scars with Eyelid Tucks (Blepharoplasty) and Browlifts?
Scar placement with these surgeries depends on both the location and type of aging on your eyelids and eyebrows. For any presentation, it is almost always one of 4 types: a scar in or along your forehead hairline for a Brow Lift, a scar along the crease of your eyelid for an upper Eyelid Tuck, a scar just below your eyelashes for a lower Eyelid Tuck and small non visible scars in the upper and lower eyelids with Accutite. It is important to first understand that with any version of these surgeries, the scars are camouflaged by placing them in the creases of your eyelids or along or in your hairline of your forehead. In these locations, these scars are extremely well hidden and are rarely visible after surgery. For a Brow Lift, the scars are placed in or along your hairline of your forehead, directly over the area of your brow that needs to be lifted. An upper Eyelid Tuck places the scar in the crease of your eyelid, between your eyebrows and your eyelashes. This sometimes is extended out past the edge of your eye if there is loose skin present on the outside. A lower Eyelid Tuck places the scar in the crease, just below your eyelashes and can also be extended out past the outside edge of your eye to remove the excess skin. If swelling, not loose skin of the lower eyelid is the only problem, surgery can be completed from the inside of the eyelid. This avoids any visible external scars. For Accutite procedures, the scars are extremely small and barely visible within a few days after surgery.
Can these surgeries fix unevenness between the right and left side of my eyes and brows?
Eyelid Tucks and Brow Lifts are a great way to address many of the underlying causes of asymmetry around your eyes. If the unevenness is only due to your skin and soft tissue, it can be fully corrected. If the unevenness is related mostly to your underlying bones, as is the case with hemifacial microsomia, some percentage of the asymmetry may persist after surgery. We have found in our practice that combining an Eyelid Tuck with a Brow Lift is the most powerful way to treat asymmetries. FYI, Accutite will be the least effective at improving asymmetries between the right and left side of your eyes.
Do men really get Eyelid Tucks and Brow Lifts?
The answer is an emphatic yes! Eyelid Tucks and Brow Lifts are an amazing way to improve your appearance, even in men. As with female patients, we encourage men who are considering this surgery to also focus on diet, exercise and skin care. But some of our most transformative results have been with men. For most of our male patients, their biggest concerns after surgery is that they will still look natural, like themselves and masculine after surgery. There are many techniques that we use to ensure that the results will be natural and rejuvenating, not unnatural and pulled appearing. This is why it’s extremely important for you to seek out a Board-Certified plastic surgeon with expertise in Eyelid Tucks and Brow Lifts for men.
My lower eyelids are both both puffy and saggy, Is there anything I can do to make it look better?
When you gain weight with age, the lower eyelids often become larger from due to herniated fat, and saggy from increased loose skin. By conservatively removing the fat and loose skin, tightening the underlying muscles and supporting the eyelid as needed, we are able to transform the appearance of your lower eyelids with results that are long lasting. All areas of your lower eyelid will be improved with this surgery: a noticeable improved contour, a less saggy appearance and much more youthful definition with the removal of loose skin.
Is an Eye Tuck and Brow Lift surgery permanent?
You can expect this surgery to last a long time, especially if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthy weight after surgery. With that said, some changes can return over time, depending on how you age. Therefore, it is best to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle before and after surgery.
Is there an option for an Eyelid Tuck and Brow Lift that has shorter and less visible scars?
Tiny but mighty, AccuTite™ combines the power of BodyTite™ and FaceTite™ into a miniature device that fits in the palm of your hand and delivers powerful energy with extreme precision and accuracy. This revolutionary step in Radiofrequency-Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) technology gives you a less invasive alternative to address small areas. This device has revolutionized how we address aging of the eyelids and brows in our office. You can expect these types of procedures to give you 50&% or less of what you would get with a formal Eye Tuck and Brow Lift surgery. It is a great middle option and the best part, it is completed in the office under local anesthesia.
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