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Brow Lift or Blepharoplasty for Drooping Eyelids: Which Is Best?

Brow Lift or Blepharoplasty for Drooping Eyelids: Which Is Best?

Are you bothered by drooping eyelids that make you look tired or older than you feel?

If so, you may be considering plastic surgery procedures like a brow lift or blepharoplasty to rejuvenate your appearance.

But, how do you know which option is best for you?

In this guide, we’ll explore both procedures, comparing their benefits, effectiveness, and results so you can make an informed decision.

If you are bothered by drooping eyelids, you may be considering plastic surgery procedures like a brow lift or blepharoplasty to rejuvenate your appearance.

What Is A Brow Lift?

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure aimed at lifting and tightening the skin and muscles of the forehead and brow area. It addresses sagging brows, forehead wrinkles, and hooded eyelids by repositioning the underlying tissues and removing excess skin.

During a brow lift, incisions are typically made either along the hairline or within the natural creases of the forehead. Mr Fitton then lifts the skin, adjusts the underlying muscles, and removes surplus tissue before closing the incisions.

What Is A Brow Lift? A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure aimed at lifting and tightening the skin and muscles of the forehead and brow area. It addresses sagging brows, forehead wrinkles, and hooded eyelids by repositioning the underlying tissues and removing excess skin. During a brow lift, incisions are typically made either along the hairline or within the natural creases of the forehead. The surgeon then lifts the skin, adjusts the underlying muscles, and removes any surplus tissue before closing the incisions.
During a brow lift, incisions are typically made either along the hairline or within the natural creases of the forehead.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, focuses specifically on rejuvenating the eyelids. This procedure can target both the upper and lower eyelids, addressing issues such as sagging skin, puffiness, and under-eye bags.

In an upper blepharoplasty, incisions are made along the natural creases of the eyelids, allowing Mr Fitton to remove excess skin and fat deposits.

Lower blepharoplasty involves incisions either below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid to remove or redistribute fat and tighten the skin.

Blepharoplasty before and after
This procedure can target both the upper and lower eyelids, addressing issues such as sagging skin, puffiness, and under-eye bags.

Comparing a Brow Lift and Blepharoplasty

Targeted Area:
While both procedures can address drooping eyelids, a brow lift primarily targets the forehead and brow region, whereas blepharoplasty focuses specifically on the eyelids.

Technique:
Brow lift surgery involves lifting and tightening the forehead skin and muscles, often repositioning the eyebrows. Blepharoplasty, on the other hand, focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids.

Complementary Procedures:
In some cases, patients may benefit from both procedures simultaneously. A brow lift can complement upper blepharoplasty by providing additional lift to the eyebrows, while blepharoplasty can enhance the results of a brow lift by addressing excess eyelid skin.

Brow Lift or Blepharoplasty: Effectiveness and Results

The effectiveness of both procedures depends on various factors, including the patient’s anatomy, skin elasticity, and desired outcome. Generally, a brow lift is more suitable for individuals with significant brow ptosis (drooping) or forehead wrinkles, while blepharoplasty is ideal for those with prominent eyelid ageing or puffiness.

Brow Lift Results:

After a brow lift, patients can expect a smoother forehead, lifted eyebrows, and a more alert and youthful appearance. Results typically last for several years, although the ageing process will continue naturally.

Blepharoplasty Results:

Upper blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the upper eyelids, creating a more refreshed and open-eyed look. Lower blepharoplasty can reduce under-eye bags and improve the contour of the lower eyelids. Results are long-lasting, although lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and smoking can affect longevity.

FAQs

Is one procedure safer than the other?
Both brow lift and blepharoplasty are considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon like Mr Fitton. However, like any surgical procedure, they carry inherent risks such as infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia.

How long is the recovery period for each procedure?
Recovery times vary, but generally, patients can expect bruising and swelling for 1-2 weeks following either procedure. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks, and full results may take several months to become apparent.

Will these procedures leave visible scars?
Both brow lift and blepharoplasty incisions are strategically placed to minimise visible scarring. With proper care and attention to post-operative instructions, scars typically fade over time and become less noticeable.

In more severe cases, combining a brow lift with a blepharoplasty may optimise the rejuvenating and refreshing effect of surgery.

Conclusion

Choosing between a brow lift and blepharoplasty depends on your specific concerns, anatomy, and desired outcome.

Consulting with a certified plastic surgeon like Mr Fitton is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for achieving your aesthetic goals. Whether you opt for a brow lift, blepharoplasty, or a combination of both, the goal is to enhance your natural beauty and restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

For a no-obligation quote

For a no-obligation quote, tailored specifically to you, please book in for your consultation with Mr Fitton. Your requirements will be discussed in full confidence in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.

Summary

Managing your expectations about plastic surgery is important regardless of which procedure you wish to have done. It’s critical to have realistic expectations about plastic surgery and to also ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon.

To find out more about having a treatment, book your no-obligation consultation. You will meet with Antony Fitton and receive expert advice tailored to your needs.

Please call us on 07494 250277 or book your consultation using our online form.

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Mr Fitton practices in Plymouth and Truro.

About your Plastic Surgeon: Mr Antony Fitton

MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng)., FRCS(plast).

Mr Antony Fitton qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1989 with distinction in Surgery. He holds an MB, BS(Hons)., MD., FRCS(eng). and FRCS(plast). (Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons).

He is a member of BAPRAS (British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), BAAPS (British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), and BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

Mr Fitton has received the Paton & Masser Award and the CM Matthews Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his research in nerve injury.

Mr Fitton is licensed as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon by the GMC.
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