Blepharoplasties are performed on an outpatient basis. That means you can go home shortly after the procedure. General anesthesia is only used for some people. Your surgeon will usually inject a numbing agent into your eyelids.
The upper eyelids are addressed first. Here, your surgeon will make a small cut and remove excess skin, as well as muscle and sometimes fat. Some of these tissues might be moved to other areas surrounding the eye before your surgeon closes the incision.
The lower lid blepharoplasty usually involves removal of fat, which contributes to the under-eye bags, as well as sometimes removing a small amount of skin. The incision may either be on the inside of the eyelid or on the outside underneath the lower eyelashes. In some people, the lower eyelid may be tightened or secured to the bony skeleton.
Unless you’re undergoing eyelid surgery for vision concerns, insurance won’t likely cover the procedure. Talk to your doctor about all the costs involved ahead of time.
There are two methods to lift your forehead and eyebrow areas:
- Classic lift
- Endoscopic lift
The classic lift involves one continuous cut beginning at the level of your ears and going up around your hair line. Depending on where your hair line is, the surgeon will work to avoid a visible scar.
For the endoscopic lift, the surgeon makes a few shorter cuts in your scalp. They will insert a scope -- a small camera on the end of a thin tube -- into one of the cuts and use another device inserted in another cut to make the necessary changes.
In the endoscopic lift, the surgeon uses small anchors to secure the tissue. Because the cuts are smaller, this procedure is less invasive than the classic lift. You will have minimal scarring and a shorter recovery time.
Your Brow Lift Consultation
You'll have a meeting to consult with your surgeon before the procedure. At this meeting, you should talk about your goals, your current health, and your medical history.
Your surgeon will evaluate your entire forehead region, including your upper eyelids, paying attention to the muscles. The surgeon may have you make a series of facial expressions so they can best see exactly how to help you.
You should ask your surgeon for details of all charges -- including charges for follow-up care -- and payment options.
Health insurance typically doesn't pay for cosmetic procedures. There would have to be a medical reason for an insurance company to cover some or all of it. If you're not sure about your case, ask your doctor and your health insurance company before deciding whether to get the procedure. That way you can be clear on what you'll need to pay for yourself.
How to Prepare for Your Brow Lift?
There might be some lifestyle adjustments you have to make before you can have a brow lift. Your surgeon should give you detailed instructions about what you need to do and when you need to do it.
Eyelid lift without surgery
If you’re looking to lift the eye area without surgery, you should know that there are many options to choose from. Here are the most common nonsurgical brow lift treatments.
Dermal fillers are injectables that use skin-plumping solutions that fill in wrinkles. Popular brand names include Juvederm, Bellafill, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
This treatment method can be completed within minutes, and no downtime is required. You may still experience mild side effects, such as redness, and you’ll need additional injections in the future to maintain your results.
Botox (botulinum toxin type A) is a class of cosmetic injections called neuromodulators that smooth fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing underlying muscles. It works particularly well for glabellar frown lines, which are the deep wrinkles that can form between your eyebrows.
The results from Botox are relatively quick compared to dermal fillers. However, you’ll also need to get touch-up injections every 4 to 6 months to maintain your results. Side effects from Botox may include headaches, numbness, and difficulty swallowing.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP is another type of cosmetic injection that helps rejuvenate skin tissues, possibly creating a more youthful appearance. Unlike dermal fillers and neuromodulators, PRP uses your own blood. Your provider uses centrifugation before injecting the sample back into your body.
PRP is often used in combination with microneedling, laser treatments, Botox, and dermal fillers.
While more research is needed on the use of PRP as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles, this method is thought to help treat certain health conditions, such as arthritis.
Ultherapy and ThermiTight are other methods that help stimulate collagen production, thereby equipping your skin with the ability to reduce wrinkles form the inside out. Your provider uses a device that emits ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen in the desired treatment area.
Ultherapy can take an hour or two, which is a bit longer than injectable materials. Results may be seen within a few days of treatment.
Also known as laser skin resurfacing, laser therapy treats wrinkles via ablative lasers to remove upper layers of your skin. The idea is that new, smoother skin cells will grow back in place of the old ones.
Laser therapy has the longest downtime of these nonsurgical brow lifts. You may experience redness and peeling for up to 10 days.
Many people choose cosmetic eyelid surgery to correct concerns such as drooping eyelids or bags below their eyes. Different forms of cosmetic eyelid surgery can assist with both aesthetics and functioning of the eyelid. If you're wondering what these operations entail and whether you're a suitable candidate, here are the fundamentals of eyelid surgery outlined.
Although there are no explicit age restrictions for eyelid surgery, most surgeons will not undertake cosmetic surgery on individuals under the age of 18. For older individuals, eligibility is determined more by general health and capacity to handle general anesthesia than by age.
Skin resurfacing around the eye, brow lifts, eyelid crease repair, blepharoplasty, and filler injections are some of the cosmetic eye operations available.