The Different Kinds of Eyelid Surgery
As the saying goes, “the eyes are the windows of the soul.” Eyes are the first feature people notice when they see you. Bright, smooth, lifted eyes make a person look attractive – while heavy, drooping, sunken, or darkly-circled eyes can make a person look unapproachable, unhappy, and years older than they are.
While skin care creams, injectable treatments, and non-invasive skin care procedures can improve the eyes appearance, they do not achieve the dramatic results of eyelid surgery. For more severe eyelid sagging and other more extreme signs of aging around the eyes, cosmetic eyelid surgery is often the best option.
Blepharoplasty, ptosis surgery, and eyebrow lift surgery are all cosmetic procedures that aim to improve the appearance of the eye area, but they address different concerns and involve different surgical techniques. Below, the cosmetic surgeons at Aurora MediSpa in Birmingham, MI discuss the different cosmetic eye surgeries that can enhance appearance and take years off of your upper face.
Types of Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty Eyelid Lift
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves removing excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper or lower eyelids to improve the appearance of sagging, wrinkled, or puffy eyelids, to enhance the overall appearance of the eyes and surrounding area.
A good candidate for blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) is someone who:
- Has excess skin or fat that creates a heavy or tired appearance to the upper or lower eyelids.
- Has drooping or sagging upper eyelids that impair vision or cause eye strain.
- Has bags or puffiness under the eyes.
Ptosis Eyelid Lift Surgery
Ptosis surgery is a surgical procedure used to correct ptosis, a drooping of the upper eyelid that covers the pupil and interferes with vision. The procedure involves repositioning, tightening, or lengthening the levator muscle that raises the eyelid. In some cases the surgeon may add a frontalis sling procedure to help lift the eyelid.
The goal of ptosis surgery is to improve vision and restore a more youthful and alert appearance to the eye area.
A good candidate for ptosis surgery is someone who:
- Has drooping of the upper eyelid that impairs vision or causes eye strain.
- Does not have other eye conditions, such as double vision, that would interfere with the results of the surgery.
Eyebrow Lift Surgery
Eyebrow lift surgery, also known as brow lift or forehead lift, is different than eyelid lift surgery. Eyebrow lift surgery is a procedure that involves repositioning the eyebrows to a more youthful and elevated position.
The procedure can be performed through various incision techniques, such as a traditional incision in the hairline, an endoscopic incision hidden within the hair, or using minimally invasive techniques like a temporal lift or a lateral lift.
The goal of eyebrow lift surgery is to improve the appearance of a sagging or low-set brow, reduce wrinkles and lines on the forehead, and restore a more youthful and refreshed look to the upper face.
A good candidate for eyebrow lift surgery is someone who:
- Has a sagging or low-set brow that creates a tired or aged appearance.
- Has wrinkles or lines on the forehead.
Eyelid Fat Repositioning or Removal Surgery
Eyelid fat repositioning or removal is a surgical procedure that involves modifying the amount or distribution of fat in the eyelids to improve the appearance of the eyes. The procedure may involve repositioning excess fat to create a more youthful and refreshed look – or simply removing excess fat to reduce puffiness or bags under the eyes.
In some cases, eyelid fat repositioning or removal may be performed in combination with other cosmetic eyelid procedures, such as blepharoplasty or ptosis surgery, to achieve the desired results.
A good candidate for eyelid fat repositioning or removal is someone who:
- Has excess fat or bags under the eyes that cause a tired or aged appearance.
- Has a hollowness or sunken appearance in the eye area.
Which Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery is Right for Me?
Each of these procedures can be performed alone or in combination to achieve the desired results. The skilled cosmetic surgeons at Aurora MediSpa in Birmingham, MI will establish a specific surgical plan that will be tailored to meet the individual appearance needs and goals of the patient.
Non-Surgical Eye Treatments
At Aurora MediSpa in Birmingham, MI we also offer several non-surgical procedures can improve the appearance of the eyes. Botox can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines caused by muscle contractions, while dermal fillers can plump up and smooth out wrinkles, fine lines, and hollow areas around the eyes.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion can improve the texture and appearance of the skin around the eyes. And laser skin resurfacing can remove the outer layer of skin in the eye area for smoother, tighter, more youthful skin around the eyes.
Eyelid Lift Surgery | Birmingham, MI
If you live in the greater Birmingham, MI area and would like to turn back the clock with younger looking eyes, schedule a consultation at Aurora MediSpa today. We will help you determine the best options for your individual appearance goals – so you can look like a younger and more beautiful you!