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Naples, FL Plastic Surgeons Explain Differences Between Blepharoplasty and Brow Lift

Naples, FL Plastic Surgeons Explain Differences Between Blepharoplasty and Brow Lift

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul… but they’re also a central focus of your face, which usually makes them the first thing other people notice when looking at you! The area around the eyes is also one of the first parts of the face to display visible signs of aging. Gravity, genetics, too much sun, and other environmental stressors can all influence how this area of your face looks as you age and contribute to droopy eyelids, puffiness, crow’s feet, frown lines, thickened eyebrows, furrows, and a general look of tiredness.

Patients consulting with Naples Plastic Surgery are often surprised to learn that there are two procedures which can address aging skin concerns around the eyes: blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and the brow lift (forehead lift), each of which addresses different underlying skin and fat conditions affecting the eye area. With extensive training and experience performing both procedures, our surgeons are adept at explaining the differences between the two and in detailing how each works to dramatically rejuvenate the eye area to make you look more youthful and refreshed.

Blepharoplasty One of the Top Performed Plastic Surgeries

While both procedures are effective at correcting age-related skin conditions around the eyes, plastic surgeons on the whole perform far more blepharoplasties than brow lifts. In fact, blepharoplasty is the third most performed cosmetic surgical procedure overall after breast augmentation and liposuction, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Blepharoplasty is most effective at addressing eyelid drooping caused by sagging skin and/or excess fat tissue that develops above the upper part of the eyes and starts hanging over the eyelid. These skin conditions, which can also impact the lower eyelid area, disrupt the natural contours of the eye area and eyelids, and can lead to impaired vision in severe cases.

Performed on an outpatient basis, eyelid surgery involves making small incisions along the crease of the upper eyelid and/or along the eyelash line of the lower lid if needed. Excess fat and skin is then removed. This helps eliminate any puffiness around the eyes and leaves patients with smoother skin and a rejuvenated appearance.

Brow Lift Raises Eyebrows, Drooping Eyelids, and Smooths Furrows

As you age, gravity inevitably causes skin, fat, and muscle tissue in your brow to descend and push into the eyebrow and upper eye area. Along with creating furrows in the forehead, this can make your eyebrows look heavy and droopy, and can form frown lines between the eyes that create the appearance of a permanent scowl.

Brow lift surgery is also performed on an outpatient basis and relies on inconspicuous incisions made behind the hairline or within the scalp, after which the forehead skin is pulled back and realigned higher. Depending upon your condition, your surgeon may need to also remove any muscle tissue that may be contributing to the downward pull of other forehead tissue.

Some Patients Opt for Both Procedures

Deciding which surgery will help you meet your aesthetic needs is best determined by a one-on-one consultation with one of our surgeons. In some cases, the underlying causes of aging eye skin symptoms are related to both excess upper eyelid tissue and a drooping brow. Thus, your surgeon may recommend combining both procedures to achieve the most stellar results.

Learn More Through a Consultation at Naples Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about how these cosmetic surgeries can help correct the symptoms of aging around your eyes and make you appear years younger, one of our highly skilled plastic surgeons would be happy to speak to you in a one-on-one consultation. Call Naples Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

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At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.

The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.

Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and labiaplasty.

Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, MD received extensive training at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he worked with some of the most well-renowned practitioners in the art of cosmetic surgery. With honors and awards throughout medical school and his residency, Dr. Baccaro earned a stellar reputation for high quality surgical care with both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will be achieved. There are a number of health risks associated with even minor medical procedures. If you have any health issues or concerns, please feel free to discuss them any time with your surgeon at our Naples’ plastic surgery center.
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