December 16, 2013
Technology in plastic surgery
has come a long way since the general all-over facelift. Today’s plastic surgeons are able to target individual areas of a patient’s face for results that are subtle, natural, and completely customized.
There are several ways to correct creases and sagging skin in the upper eyelid area, the most common being the brow lift or eyelid surgery. Dr. Christopher J. Kovanda performs both eyelid surgery and brow lifts at his Minneapolis practice. But how do you know which procedure best fits your needs?
What is the Difference Between a Brow Lift (Forehead LIft) and Eyelid Surgery?
To understand whether a brow lift or eyelid surgery is right for you, first you must understand the goals and purpose of each surgical procedure.
The brow lift addresses the upper third of the face, smoothing the skin to reduce forehead lines and provide a more youthful arch to the eyebrow, rather than the jowls and laugh lines targeted by a traditional facelift. A brow lift can vary in intensity, from the relatively minor “chemical brow lift” to a coronal full forehead lift, depending on individual patient needs.
Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery
, is a type of surgical procedure that deals directly and specifically with the eyelids themselves. Blepharoplasty involves making an incision along the crease of the eyelid to remove excess skin or fat from the area. A popular alternative to traditional blepharoplasty is “double eyelid surgery,” which involves using incisions to create an epicanthic fold in patients who lack one naturally.
How Do I Know Which Procedure is Right for Me?
Before you undergo any plastic surgery procedure, it is critical to discuss your options and be sure that it is the right procedure for the flaws you wish to correct - the wrong plan of action can leave you deeply dissatisfied with the ultimate results.
If you merely suffer from drooping eyelids that sag or obstruct your vision, you may be most interested in blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery. If you are concerned about deep forehead creases, frown lines, and a lack of definition in your eyebrows, on the other hand, you will probably benefit the most from a brow lift. With that said, many patients will choose a combination of both procedures for more sweeping results.
This is not the type of decision to make alone. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss your current situation and make a recommendation of the best course of action to achieve the results that you want.
Contact Your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Today
Your features may change with age, but it is possible to combat the aging process and recapture the brighter eyes of your youth. Contact the office
of board-certified plastic surgeon Christopher J. Kovanda today to schedule a consultation and find out whether a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or a combination of the two is the right path for you.