Brow Lift or Eyelid Lift: Which Procedure Is Right for You?

A brow lift or eyelid lift may help if you have sagging or drooping skin around your eyes, helping to restore an attractive and more youthful appearance.

What’s the difference between an eyebrow and an eyelid lift? And how do you know which procedure can give you the results you want?

Consulting with a professional aesthetic plastic surgeon is the best way to determine the right approach to bring out your natural beauty. But it may help to understand the basic information about — and the differences between — these procedures.

A Brow Lift Fixes Droopy Eyebrows

A brow lift — also known as a forehead lift or a browplasty — targets loose skin and displaced muscle tissue in or above the eyebrows. Excess skin is removed, which raises the brows and reduces frown lines to provide a smoother appearance.

For some patients, the browplasty procedure also involves reshaping the arch of the brow for a more natural look in the structure of the face.

Droopy eyebrows that form a hood over the eyes can be corrected with a browplasty. In addition, this procedure may also be recommended for patients with deep forehead lines or wrinkles between the eyes.

An Eyelid Lift Eliminates Excess Skin

While a browplasty targets excess tissue above the eyebrows, an eyelid lift – known as a blepharoplasty — eliminates extra skin below the eyebrows, either above the upper eyelids or below the lower eyelids.

As with a brow lift, a blepharoplasty repositions the facial tissues and eliminates loose skin that causes wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. Sagging tissues that impair vision, unnatural eyelid folds and excess fat deposits near the eyes can also be removed with this procedure.

Choosing an Appropriate Treatment for the Eye Area

The brows and eyelids are affected by different muscles, and your procedure should target the muscles in the area(s) that needs improvement.

For example, if forehead wrinkles are your primary concern, a brow lift could be the right solution. If, on the other hand, you want to eliminate your sagging eyelids, you may need to choose an eyelid lift.

It is important to mention that many patients have both droopy eyebrows and excess eyelid skin. So in some cases, combining the two procedures may be necessary to achieve the best possible outcome.

If you are concerned about the extra skin around your eyes, a browplasty or blepharoplasty — or both — could help you appear younger and more alert. The professional aesthetic plastic surgeons at the Mobley MD Facial Plastic Surgery network can answer all your questions regarding brow and eyelid lift procedures. Contact our Salt Lake City office to schedule your personal consultation today.