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Address Signs of Aging on the Upper Face with Brow Lift or Upper Eyelid Surgery

By dsherris on June 30, 2014


Female with smooth skin and youthful facial featuresMany people who are beginning to notice some common signs of aging assume that these conditions can be corrected with facelift surgery. In fact, facelift surgery is a procedure that addresses issues on the lower third of the face, while many patients wish to address loose, sagging, or wrinkled skin on the upper third of the face. The forehead and eyes are two places that commonly show these early signs of aging. While a facelift will not improve these conditions, Dr. David Sherris offers two procedures that can. Both upper eyelid surgery and a brow lift can correct sagging skin to create a more youthful appearance for our patients. However, the two procedures each address specific areas of concern, so it is important to determine which is right for each patient. Dr. Sherris helps his Buffalo patients consider the applications of a brow lift vs. eyelid surgery.

Brow Lift

Brow lift surgery is a procedure that actually addresses the skin from the brow, up to the hairline; because of this, it is also commonly referred to as a forehead lift. A brow lift can smooth the skin of the forehead to eliminate sagging and wrinkles because it lifts and moves the brow to the correct position which improves the upper eyes and results in a more alert appearance. Brow lift surgery is typically recommended to patients who exhibit the following signs of aging:

  • Wrinkles, lines, or creases across the forehead
  • Sagging eyebrows that create a tired or angry appearance
  • Frown lines or crow’s feet around the eyes caused by a low brow.

A brow lift procedure involves repositioning of the brow into the correct position using small endoscopic incisions which are hidden in the hair and not visible. In women eye brows should sit just above the brow bone and in men on the brow bone. Combined, these alterations create a smoother forehead, a more defined brow line, and a more open, alert, appearance to the eyes. For patients whose aesthetic concerns involve the upper eye and forehead area due to a low brow, a brow lift can address these concerns and make a patient appear years younger.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery also creates a more youthful appearance for patients, but it does so by focusing on the eyes, more specifically the upper eyelid. Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin and sometimes fat from the upper eyelid to create a smoother eyelid that allows patients to have more open, alert looking eyes. Upper eyelid surgery is ideal for patients with the following concerns:

  • Heavy or hooded eyelids
  • Puffiness around the upper eye
  • Difficulty seeing clearly due to sagging upper eyelids

Upper eyelid surgery requires an incision in the crease of the upper eyelid. Through this incision, excess fat and tissue is removed and the skin is lifted before closing the incision. The incision is hidden in the natural crease of the eye and crow's feet. This eliminates sagging from the eyelid and defines the upper eyelid crease, both of which make the eye appear more youthful and alert. Although upper eyelid surgery does not address any other areas of the face, for those whose primary area of concern is the eyes, this procedure can create the rejuvenated appearance they desire.

Schedule an Appointment

Facila cosmetic surgery allows Dr. David Sherris to help patients enhance their natural beauty in order to obtain their aesthetic goals. Because each patient has his or her own unique needs, the most appropriate treatment plan will vary from patient to patient. If you are interested in enhancing your appearance, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sherris to discuss your personal goals and learn which procedure is right for you.

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