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Combine Brow and Eye Procedures for a Dramatic Improvement

Posted August 31, 2017 in Brow Lift Surgery, Eyelid Lift Procedure

Eyelid Lift Before and After Photos

Brow lift and upper eyelid lift patient

Our eyes indicate our emotions. Happiness, sadness, worry, stress, whatever the emotion is, our eyes tell it to the world. They are also, unfortunately, one of the first things on our face to age. Between sun damage, the constant movement of the eyes, and the natural course of aging, the skin stretches, the fat beneath the eyes disappears, causing the eyes to “sink,” and the brows fall, often highlighting the excess skin that may have developed on the upper eyelids. When this happens, the eyes may look tired or sad. It also gives the appearance of being older than you are. Brow lifts and eyelid lifts are excellent ways to subtract some of the years from your appearance that have been brought on by excess, sagging skin.

Brow Lift

As our skin ages, horizontal wrinkles form across our foreheads, vertical wrinkles form between our eyes, and in some cases, the brows themselves begin to droop from the thinning and stretching of the forehead skin. A brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) raises eyebrows that have dropped below the bone, reduces the wrinkles on both the forehead and in between the eyes, and returns a youthful shape to the brows. This procedure can ease some of the hooding of the upper eyelids; however, this is not its primary goal. Brow lift surgery aims to return the brows to a more youthful and relaxed position while smoothing wrinkles between and above the brows.

Eyelid Lift

Anti-aging eye creams, moisturizers, and lotions stock store shelves everywhere. And while some of them can delay or minimize the wrinkling and thinning of the skin, none of them can completely stop the skin from aging. Between blinking thousands of times a day and sun damage, our eyelids take a beating and therefore lose their youth at a faster rate than other facial features. Eyelids droop, excess skin forms on both the upper and lower lids, and puffy bags replace the tight fullness you once had. This excess skin changes the shape of the eye and, in some cases, can even impair vision. Eyelid lift surgery (known as blepharoplasty) can improve these changes and rejuvenate your eyes. This operation trims excess skin, fat, and muscle from upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. It can also reduce the bags beneath the eyes, providing you with a smoother and more youthful look.

Why Should You Combine These Procedures?

Brow Lift Before and After Photos

Brow lift and upper eyelid lift patient

Brow and eyelid lifts can be performed on their own; however, it may be beneficial to consider combining these procedures for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. The eyelids and brows are connected so closely and interact so much that only fixing one area may lead to making aging in the other more pronounced, and it may hinder some of the benefits of the procedure. The goal of any cosmetic surgery is to restore a naturally enhanced and/or youthful appearance. If an eyelid lift is performed without a brow lift, it is possible for the brows to continue to fall, thus hiding the work done to the eyelids. On the other hand, if a brow lift is performed without a needed eyelid lift, you may not achieve the fully rejuvenated appearance you desire. When these procedures are performed together, it is much easier to make sure that everything stays in balance, and balance is the primary objective. Nothing will be exaggerated, and the brows and eyelids will work together to bring back youthfulness and portray the correct emotion.


Dr. Grotting is a clinical professor of plastic surgery and a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience, and he is interested in helping you achieve your aesthetic goals! If you have noticed excess skin and wrinkling around your eyes, call to set up a consultation with Dr. Grotting today at (205) 930-1600, or fill out our online contact form.

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