Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery, Which is Right for You?

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The eyebrows rest along the bony socket above the eyes, where the orbital rim lies. With age, the position of the brow can fall lower than the bony ridge, making the eyes appear smaller, tired, and angry. The change in brow position may occur due to the natural loss of elasticity in the skin, and may be exacerbated by the downward pull of muscles around the eyes.
Thanks to the development of cosmetic injectibles, some people may be able to address a drooping brow with Botox. However, this solution is not right for everyone. There are several factors to take into consideration. In some cases, the question is not “surgery or no surgery?,” but “brow lift or eyelid surgery?”

What is a Brow Lift?

The brow lift is a precise procedure that lifts tissue from brow to hairline. The technique not only opens up the eyes and repositions the brow across the orbital rim, but also lifts the forehead. There are several surgical techniques which may be employed to complete the brow lift, each intended for a specific result. For instance, a lateral brow lift will focus on the outer corners of the brow, rather than the center.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is performed with the intent of removing excess skin on the upper or lower eyelid area. With age, the fibrous bands of collagen and elastin that keep skin taut begin to fray. In a weakened state, they can no longer support elasticity, and the skin begins to sag. The weaker the matrix of collagen, the looser skin becomes. Some patients who seek blepharoplasty do so for cosmetic reasons, while others require functional blepharoplasty to improve vision. Yes, skin can become so saggy that it hangs down in front of the eye!

Which Procedure do You Need?

There is a simple way to assess whether you may need a brow lift or eyelid surgery. If you stand in front of a mirror with your facial muscles relaxed, and use your fingers to lift up the forehead and brows, you will see what a brow lift can do for you. If the skin on the eyes does not lift when you do this, eyelid surgery may be the best choice. However, keep in mind that these two procedures are often performed together to achieve the most complementary outcome.

The best way to see what cosmetic eye surgery can do for you is to consult with an experienced physician. Stop imagining and start planning.

Schedule your consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.

Taking Care Of The Skin Near Your Eyes

Taking good care of the skin near your eyes can keep you from looking tired and stressed. It can also help you avoid wrinkles and noticeable signs of aging. The following tips can help you look young and refreshed.

Makeup Tips

The following makeup tips can help you keep the thinner, fragile skin near your eyes healthier:

  • Be very gentle when applying makeup near your eyes: Avoid pushing to hard or pulling on the skin. In most cases, it is best to use a brush to apply the makeup, but if you do use your hands, use your ring finger, since you’re likely to apply less pressure with that finger than your index or middle finger.
  • Always remove your makeup at night: Leaving your makeup on while you sleep can lead to skin irritation, breakouts, and infection. Once again it is important to be gentle. When you’re washing makeup off near your eyes, use a soft cloth, cleanser, or petroleum jelly.
  • Replace your eye makeup every 3 months: Germs that build up in your makeup can harm your eyes and the nearby skin. In most cases you should replace mascara, concealer, eye liner, and eye shadow approximately 3 months after you open them.

Lifestyle Tips

  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption, since they can dry out your skin. Instead, drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Make sleep a priority. Without enough sleep, you’re likely to have bloodshot itchy eyes. You’re also more likely to wake up with dark circles and puffiness around your eyes. This can make you look tired, stressed, and old.

Cosmetic Treatments

Cosmetic treatments can also help you protect the skin near your eyes. The simplest option is eye cream with the nutrients needed to protect the thin, fragile skin around your eyes. In most cases you should invest in special eye cream in addition to your regular face moisturizer.

Botox is another cosmetic treatment that can help improve the skin around your eyes. It can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet that make you look older.

As you age, the skin around your eyes is more likely to droop and sag. Sagging skin on your eyelids could interfere with vision, and bagginess under the eyes can make you look old and tired even when you’re well rested. Blepharoplasty is an option for removing the excess skin and giving you younger looking, more open eyes. Schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn more.