The Difference Between Eyelid Surgery and Brow Lift

Eyelid surgery vs. Brow lift

It should come as no surprise then, that many Albany, NY plastic surgery patients seek the expertise of skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Bruce K. Barach, out of a desire for brighter, younger-looking eyes. For these patients, Dr. Barach offers eyelid surgery and brow lift, two facial rejuvenation procedures that can restore youth and beauty to the eyes and face. Before choosing one of these procedures, it’s important to know the differences between the two. Here, Dr. Barach lays out the differences and benefits of each procedure.

Eyelid Surgery

Patients can decide to pursue eyelid surgery for cosmetic and/or medical reasons. Puffy, sagging upper eyelids can add to an older-looking appearance and, in some cases, interfere with vision. Skin from the upper eyelids can hang so low that it’s hard to open the eyes completely, blocking peripheral vision. Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin and lifts drooping skin, allowing someone to open their eyes much easier and making the eyes appear bigger and brighter.

Lower eyelid surgery can treat dark under-eye circles, or “bags” underneath the eyes, which can make someone look aged or unrested. The procedure removes excess skin and fat underneath the eyes, resulting in a more beautiful, rejuvenated look.

Brow Lift

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, can shed years off of a person’s facial appearance by eliminating wrinkles and creases around the forehead and eyebrow areas. This procedure can help soften the facial appearance, eliminating wrinkles and deep creases that create a “furrowed” brow and make someone look concerned or frustrated. During this procedure, Dr. Barach raises and reshapes sagging skin around the eyebrows that often make the eyelids look “hooded.” Depending on your aesthetic goals and unique physical attributes, Dr. Barach will use one of two procedures, the traditional (coronal) brow lift or the subrabrow (supraciliary) brow lift.

Choosing the Right Procedure for You

Are you still unsure which procedure may be best for you? Consider the following questions:

  • Are your eyebrows in a good position but your upper eyelids sag because of excess skin? If the answer is yes, upper eyelid surgery may be appropriate.
  • Does the skin on your forehead or eyebrows droop but there is no extra skin on the upper eyelids? If so, Dr. Barach may recommend brow lift surgery.
  • Do you have drooping upper eyelids and sagging eyebrows? If this is the case, both eyelid surgery and brow lift may be needed.

Patients can visit our before and after plastic surgery photo gallery to see our successful results and help get an idea of which procedure they want.

The best way to find out which procedure is right for you is by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Barach. Please call our New York office today at (518) 346-3125.