Eyelid surgery only tends to become a consideration after the age of 40 once the skin around the eyes starts showing prominent signs of ageing.
It’s easy to see why it’s difficult to decipher whether a brow lift or blepharoplasty is a better option because they are slightly similar but one option definitely will be a better choice than the other.
Let’s take a closer look at what each of these procedures can achieve.
Eyelid surgery is a relatively minor procedure but it does need to be performed by a facial plastic surgeon. During the surgery, excess skin and fat is removed from the upper or lower eyelids to create a more ‘awake’ and youthful appearance. The muscle of the eyelid can also be lifted if necessary.
Brow Lift Basics
A brow lift is also a minimally invasive procedure that lifts and stabilises the eyebrows to create a more youthful appearance. Small incisions are made along the hairline to access the tissues of the eyebrows. Skin is not removed during a brow lift but it can still have an uplifting effect on the eyelids too, provided there is no excess skin and fat.
Combining a Brow Lift & Blepharoplasty
According to plastic surgeon Dr Ritz, a brow lift and eyelid surgery is often combined to achieve the best results. The benefit of doing both procedures at the same time is that you will only need one recovery period.
If for any reason you are unable to undergo both procedures at the same time, it’s recommended that you undergo blepharoplasty first, followed by a brow lift at a later date. In fact, many patients choose to combine their brow lift with a facelift at a later date.
There really is no specific answer as to which procedure is better for you because every patient is unique. A qualified surgeon is the best person to advise you on this because a physical examination will be required and your medical history will need to be reviewed.
Are There Any Alternatives to Surgery?
There are non-surgical alternatives available but keep in mind that your results won’t be permanent and will be more subtle too. Anti-wrinkle injections are one such treatment and work by softening lines and wrinkles and lifting areas such as the brow and upper eyelid. In order to maintain your results after anti-wrinkle injections, you would need to schedule a treatment every few months.
Injectable treatments are perfectly fine for patients who aren’t keen on the idea of surgery and want a more subtle result but if you want a long-lasting and dramatic effect, a brow lift or eyelid surgery is a better option.
Your best option is to schedule a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon so that you can discuss your options as well as the factors involved with each, including cost, recovery time and scarring. You can then compare this information to non-surgical options before you make your decision.