The eyes are an important part of the human face, as they are responsible for a great deal of the way we express ourselves. But there’s another aspect of the way we express ourselves: the brow. The brow can tell people whether we are happy or sad; but so can the eyes. As we age, we tend to develop excess tissue in both areas, and that excess skin and fat can make expressing ourselves problematic.
In fact, many of the patients who come to see Dr. Rostami and Dr. Nazemzadeh complain that the excess skin around the eyes and brow can make them appear older, more fatigued, and more distressed than they really feel. If all people see when they look at you is a sad face, they won’t see how happy you are when you smile. That’s one of the primary reasons people come look into a brow lift or an eyelid lift. But they both have to do with the eyes, how do you know which procedure will produce the best benefit?
Excess Skin Around the Brow
The first step in understanding which procedure would be of a greater benefit to you is to take a look at what a brow lift actually does. As you age, you tend to develop excess skin in your forehead area. This excess skin develops for a wide variety of reasons, but the important thing to know is that this tissue has weight; over time, that weight can press down on your brow and distort the appearance of your eyebrows.
A browlift addresses these issues by eliminating the excess tissue. Surgeons will generally make a small incision (in some cases, an incision so small that general anesthetic is not required) and then remove the excess tissue. Once the tissue is removed, the brow will appear smoother, more youthful, and more expressive.
Excess Skin Around the Eyes
What a brow lift will not do is address any excess tissue that has accumulated around the eyelids. This tissue can only be removed by an eyelid lift procedure (also known as blepharoplasty). In many cases, excess skin and fat around the eyes can obscure one’s vision, in addition to causing cosmetic issues (making the patient appear fatigued, depressed, or more aged than the patient feels). An eyelid lift is specially designed to remove this excess tissue.
Removing Tissue to Improve Expressiveness
Whether you get an eyelid lift or a browlift depends largely upon the location of the excess tissue. In many cases, patients will actually elect to have both procedures performed in order to improve the overall look of the face. By combining a browlift with an eyelid lift, you will receive the maximum benefit—your brow will look smoother and more youthful and your eyes will look vibrant and full of life.
If you have more questions about whether a brow lift or an eyelid lift is right for you, the best place for answers is the combined expertise of Dr. Soheila Rostami and Dr. Maryam Nazemzadeh; contact us today to get started on a consultation, in which we can evaluate both the excess tissue along the brow and among the eyelids. Your transformation is waiting for you!