Blepharoplasty vs. Brow Lift Surgery

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Few procedures are mixed up as often as blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery. At a glance, the two seem to be interchangeable. But while they are similar in some aspects, they target different goals and achieve different results. Here’s what you need to know about both of these options.

What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) lifts and tightens sagging eyelid skin. It can be performed on the upper eyelids to address droopiness or hooding for a younger and more alert appearance. Upper eyelid surgery has the added benefit of creating a much smoother canvas for makeup.

Like upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery can tighten loose skin. However, it can also be used to remove or redistribute fat. This step targets unwanted puffiness and undereye bags.

Upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery can be performed as stand-alone procedures. You can also combine an upper and lower blepharoplasty for highly transformative results. 

What is a Brow Lift?

Brow lift surgery physically elevates the eyebrows to a higher position. It can also change the shape of the brow depending upon how it is lifted and what is done to the muscle which control the eyebrow. The ideal position of the eyebrow is slightly above the bone. As we age, the eyebrow typically will droop. In addition there are a lot of natural variations with regard to the position. Lifting the eyebrow opens up the appearance of the eye region. Lifting the position of the eyebrow takes the weight off the eyelids and helps to reduce the hooding frequently seen over the upper eyelids. by lifting the eyebrows, a browlift can provide a slight correction of drooping eyelids. However, it doesn’t actually remove excess skin on the eyelids, which is something only a blepharoplasty procedure can accomplish. This distinction is important to understand. 

Should I Combine These Procedures?

In summary, eyelid surgery removes skin and fat bulges which clutter up the eye area. Eyelid surgery cleans up the clutter. Browlift surgery opens up the eyelids, making the whole eye area more visible. It’s possible to achieve your desired results from just one of these surgeries. However, many patients choose to combine them for the most comprehensive level of facial rejuvenation.

If you want to correct concerns such as eyelid sagging or undereye bags at the same time as forehead wrinkles or low eyebrow position, undergoing both surgeries may be your best bet. 

Get Personalized Surgical Recommendations 

Now that you have a better idea of which procedure will work for you, it’s time to get a professional opinion. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster can evaluate your unique facial anatomy and determine whether you’re a good candidate for blepharoplasty, a brow lift, or a combination approach. Call 410-902-9800 to schedule a consultation in the Baltimore area.



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