The eyes are a focal point of the face, and contribute significantly to your overall appearance. If the skin around your eyes is drooping, it can make you look more tired and older than you feel. A brow lift, eye lift, or both can brighten your eyes and revitalize your entire appearance.
Dr. Andrew Miller and Dr. Elliot Heller have years of experience helping patients in New Jersey and Staten Island achieve a more youthful appearance through well-executed brow lifts and eye lifts. Call 732-548-3200 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.
- What Is a Brow Lift?
- Upper vs. Lower Eyelid Lift
- Upper Eyelid Surgery Video: Watch Dr. Miller Discuss Upper Blepharoplasty
- Benefits of Brow and Eyelid Lift
- What Type of Facial Surgery Do You Need?
- Recovery After Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery
- Are You A Candidate for Brow or Eyelid Surgery?
- Can Eyelid Surgery Help With Dark Circles?
- Schedule Your Complimentary Eye or Brow Lift Consultation
What Is a Brow Lift?
Here at Associates in Plastic Surgery, we perform endoscopic brow lifts in New Jersey and Staten Island. An endoscopic brow lift is an advanced technique that uses smaller incisions at the hairline, rather than one long incision across the hairline, as was common in the past. The endoscopic technique produces great results with much less scarring.
During the procedure, a small instrument called an endoscope is inserted through the small incisions. The endoscope allows the doctor to work with a high level of precision. The brow is raised just enough to open up the eyes and still look natural, and fixed at the higher position.
Take a look at our brow lift before and after photos to see what kind of results you can expect from the procedure.
Upper vs. Lower Eyelid Lift
People often refer to an "eye lift" or "eyelid lift," but the truth is that these terms encompass two different procedures. An upper eye lift, or upper blepharoplasty, is designed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelid. A lower eye lift, or lower blepharoplasty, is designed to remove unsightly bags from under the eyes.
- Upper Lid Blepharoplasty: Blepharoplasty of the upper lids is a common procedure that treats the heavy skin on the upper eyelids. An incision is hidden in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, and excess skin is removed. The eyelid is then contoured and the incision closed.
An upper lid blepharoplasty is not painful, and patients usually only incur mild swelling or bruising for around a week. Pain medication will be prescribed to help with any discomfort, but most patients find that recovery is quite easy.
- Lower Lid Blepharoplasty: Lower eyelid surgery is a fairly simple procedure that reduces large bags under the eyes. These bags are actually pockets of fat that have fallen forward, causing shadowing and heaviness under the eyes. These pockets can be removed through a small incision placed in the eyelid, and any excess skin can be removed as well.
Recovery after a lower blepharoplasty is usually painless, with some mild swelling. Patients are usually able to return to work within a week.
Upper and lower eyelid surgery can be performed at the same time to address concerns with both the upper and lower lids. In addition, eyelid surgery and a brow lift can be performed together for a total eye area rejuvenation.
Here are some eyelid surgery before and after photos:
Upper Eyelid Surgery Video: Watch Dr. Miller Discuss Upper Blepharoplasty
Benefits of Brow and Eyelid Lifts
As we age, our skin starts to sag and our brows start to droop. Drooping brows can make you seem upset or tired even when you're not, and sagging eyelid skin contributes to this tired, older appearance. In addition, bags under the eyes are associated with exhaustion, stress, and age, so people may think that you are having a hard time at work or at home even if you're perfectly fine.
Benefits of having a brow lift and/or eyelid surgery can include:
- Brighter looking eyes
- Younger, friendlier appearance
- Improved self-confidence
- Better first impressions
- Better vision (in cases where excess eyelid skin blocked vision)
Eyelid surgery has a very high satisfaction rate, as it can drastically improve the appearance and doesn't require a very long recovery period. It can also be combined with procedures such as laser resurfacing, a cheek lift, or even a facelift for comprehensive results that can take years off the face.
What Type of Facial Surgery Do You Need?
Many people are not entirely sure what kind of procedure would be best to give them the results they want. Do you need a facelift, a brow lift, an eye lift, or all three? Would a non-surgical facial treatment such as laser resurfacing be enough? Does a thread lift provide the same kind of results as a full surgical facelift?
Our experienced facial plastic surgeons in New Jersey and Staten Island are able to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help come up with a treatment plan to achieve your goals. Some of the facial treatments we offer include:
- Facelift: A facelift addresses the lower face, and is able to reduce the appearance of jowls and create a clean, contoured jawline. A facelift will not address the eyes or brow.
- Cheek Lift: A cheek lift specifically addresses cheeks that have fallen due to age. A cheek lift is a minimally invasive procedure often done at the same time as a facelift or eye lift.
- Fat transfer: Fat transfer can produce wonderful results in conjunction with an eye lift or cheek lift. Fat is harvested from another area of the body and used to fill the hollows beneath the eyes, smoothing the ridge between the orbital bone and the cheek and creating a younger, more refreshed appearance.
- Laser skin resurfacing: Fractional laser skin resurfacing addresses concerns with the skin itself. A facelift or eye lift can remove excess skin and tighten existing skin, but these procedures cannot change the texture or appearance of the skin. With the Fraxel laser, we can treat wrinkles, dark spots, irregular skin tone and texture, and acne scars.
Recovery After Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery
Recovery times following a brow lift, eye lift, or combination are minimal, with most patients able to return to work within the week. Recovery may be slightly longer if multiple procedures were performed.
Minor bruising and swelling following surgery is normal, and your eyelids may feel tight at first. Generally, patients do not experience much pain, but there may be some soreness and discomfort. The pain medication prescribed by your doctor should help alleviate these symptoms if they occur; however, many of our patients find they do not even need to take the medication.
Eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you do not need to stay overnight in the hospital. We recommend making arrangements for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and it may be advisable to have someone on hand to help out around the house for the first day or so while you rest your eyes and recover.
While recovering from a brow or eyelid lift, you should:
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Avoid activities that strain the eyes, such as excessive reading or computer use
- Avoid wearing contacts
- Keep your head elevated as much as possible
- Wear dark sunglasses while outside
Are You A Candidate for Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery?
The ideal candidate for a brow lift or blepharoplasty is someone who:
- Is in good health
- Has realistic expectations
- Wants a brighter, more open eye area
- Wants to rejuvenate their appearance
- Understands the risks and benefits
Candidates for a brow lift are those who have brows that are drooping significantly. While there is no real upper or lower age limit, generally the brow starts drooping around middle age. Younger candidates who think their brows are dropping may benefit from a non-surgical treatment such as a Botox brow lift or Ultherapy.
Candidates for an upper blepharoplasty are those with significant excess skin on the eyelids that is causing their eyes to look smaller and older. In addition, upper blepharoplasty in Asian patients is a common way to create a double lid and brighten the eye area.
Candidates for a lower blepharoplasty are those with significant eye bags to be removed. Dr. Miller or Dr. Heller will examine your eye area to determine whether you are a good candidate.
Can Eyelid Surgery Help With Dark Circles?
If your dark circles are caused by shadows cast by your eye bags or hollowness due to fat loss and drooping cheeks, lower eyelid surgery along with fat transfer can help. However, dark circles can be caused by a number of different factors, and depending on what is causing them, different treatments may be recommended.
In addition to eyelid surgery and fat transfer, treatments for dark circles can include:
- Laser resurfacing
- Dermal fillers
- Cheek lift
- Topical skin brightening creams
Schedule Your Complimentary Eyelid Surgery or Brow Lift Consultation
If you are interested in an endoscopic brow lift, upper eye lift, or lower eye lift in New Jersey or Staten Island, don't hesitate to contact Associates in Plastic Surgery for your free consultation. Call 732-548-3200 today to schedule your appointment and start your journey towards looking as young as you feel.
We serve patients in Edison, Marlboro, and Warren, New Jersey, as well as Staten Island, New York.