Eyes may be the mirror and expression of our souls, but they also have an annoying way of revealing too much information about our age. And as we grow older with sagging skin, loosening muscles and excess fat deposits developing around our eyes, the story they tell the world can become a most inconvenient one.
Which is why so many people in Bellevue and the Greater Seattle area who are age 40 and up, come to us at Dr. Bryan McIntosh’s Clinic, asking about their options with either Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or Browplasty (brow lift).
Both procedures deliver excellent results when it comes to reversing signs of aging from the eye area, but the real test of the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon you have chosen is in knowing which procedure is actually the right one for you.
Correct diagnosis is key, because you don’t want excellent results in the fixing of something that did not need fixing in the first place. (Like the “surprised” look from an incorrectly-diagnosed brow lift or deeply-recessed eyes from an incorrectly-diagnosed blepharoplasty.)
So what exactly is the difference?
As we grow older, our brows have a tendency to sag, reducing the distance between the eyebrows and eyelashes. This lowered position of the brows has a drastic impact on the expression of the face, often making us look tired, angry or sad.
A brow lift (also known as a forehead lift or browplasty) reduces horizontal wrinkles across the forehead while elevating the brow position. As a result, the forehead looks tightened and toned, and the brows are restored to a higher, more desirable position.
Along with the brow and forehead area, eyelids also begin to lose elasticity and start drooping with excess skin and fat collecting in this area. Blepharoplasty removes this excess build-up from the upper eyelids and removes under eye bags as well. Besides its cosmetic application, blepharoplasty also helps clear up peripheral vision obstruction that may occur because of drooping eyelids.
So What Is The Difference Between The Two?
Patients often confuse the two procedures as they both work around the eye area. And when they see a friend or a relative get wonderful results from a brow lift or a Blepharoplasty, they think that is exactly what they need to reverse their own facial signs of aging as well.
To better understand the difference between the two, let’s use the simple example of a window curtain. Imagine you walk into a room and notice that a window curtain is bunching up at the bottom on the floor. The first thought would be that the curtain is too long, and needs to be cut to size. Right?
But a second possibility is that the curtain rod is hung too low, which is why you’re seeing excess fabric on the floor. If the rod is raised, then this same curtain will hang properly because there is nothing wrong with its own length.
Now if you imagine the curtain rod to be brows and the curtain itself to be eyelids, understanding the applications of the two procedures won’t be hard at all…
An experienced surgeon will suggest either procedure – or maybe both – depending on the unique needs of your face, because signs of aging do not not necessarily take place uniformly.
Aging leaves its footprint over the entire face, but nowhere are they more noticeable than the eye area. However, when the right procedure is used for correction here, the impact is transformational, leaving you feeling revived and confident – and looking years younger!
Come, See Dr Bryan McIntosh To Find Out What Your Options Are Today!