What’s the Difference Between Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery?

Brow and Eyelid Lift Surgery are both cosmetic procedures that reverse the natural droop, or sag, that occurs as skin elasticity begins to weaken. Eyelid Lift and Brow Lift Surgeries may be partially or completely paid for by medical insurance carriers if the weakened tissues have begun to compromise an individual’s peripheral vision. 

In both cases, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj to discuss your areas of concern. In many instances, patients who come in with the desire to have Eyelid Lift Surgery find that it is actually a sagging brow line that is causing their upper eyelids to droop. For these patients, a Brow Lift is actually the best solution for a younger and more youthful appearance. In other situations, a patient may come in thinking a Brow Lift is the way to go when, in fact, it is only excessive eyelid tissue causing their more wrinkled countenance. 

Using precise facial measurements, the doctor will be able to tell you which procedure will be the best for your needs. Sometimes, patients require a combination of both to achieve their desired results. Although these surgical procedures are related, they are not the same. Here are some of the differences:

The procedure: Both Brow Lifts and Eyelid Lift Surgery require local anesthesia. 

Brow Lift: With a Brow Lift, the surgeon will make small incisions along the hair line and the temples in order to readjust the brow position, and remove excess skin and tissue if necessary. In some cases, the incisions may be made from ear to ear along the crown of the scalp, rather than the hairline and temples, requiring a longer incision and recovery time. Many Brow Lifts are now done using less-invasive endoscopy, using a small, specialized camera to work under the tissue line. Incisions are usually closed using removable or absorbable stitches, surgical adhesive, tape and special clips.

Eyelid Lift Surgery: During this procedure, the doctor will make small incisions in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, and potentially the lower lash line, to remove excess skin and fatty tissue. In some cases, these incisions and stitches are executed on the underside of the eyelid to further minimize scar visibility. Incisions are typically closed using absorbable or removable stitches, surgical tape, or adhesives.

The recovery: The recovery for both procedures is similar. There will be minimal if any pain, and possible swelling, and bruising for the first several days. You must adhere to the doctor’s recommendations in regards to post-surgical care in order to reduce inflammation and keep scarring to a minimum. Cold compresses can be used to reduce swelling and pain. The doctor will probably prescribe a mild pain medication to be taken for the first week. You must be careful to protect your healing skin from direct sunlight, and strenuous activities are prohibited for the first few weeks to a month.

Brow Lift: In addition to the bandages, you may also have a thin tube inserted in order to drain excess blood and fluid that can collect under the skin. The bandages and tube will be removed about a week after your surgery. 

Eyelid Lift Surgery: Your doctor may loosely cover your eyes with gauze for added recovery protection. In addition to medication, you will be given antibiotic ointment and/or salve to facilitate healing and prevent dry eyes. You must be diligent about wearing very dark glasses whenever you are exposed to sunlight for the first few weeks after your surgery.

Please contact Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj to schedule your free, private consultation for more information regarding our Brow Lift and Eyelid Lift Surgery.  

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