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Are you bothered by the appearance of drooping eyes or a low forehead? At Amavi Aesthetic Surgery, we perform three types of reconstructive surgery for the eyes: brow lift, upper eyelid lift, and lower eyelid lift.
A brow lift or forehead lift can lift and tighten the skin above and around the eyes for a more youthful appearance. This surgery is perfect for patients with a low, sagging forehead or uneven eyebrows. General or local anesthesia may be used depending on your comfort level and the specific strategy used. Brow lift surgery usually takes 1-2 hours.
Dr. Rau can use several different techniques to customize your treatment plan and give you the best results. Incisions can be made behind or across the hairline on the top of the head for a coronal brow lift or near the temples for an endoscopic brow lift. Another technique is to remove a small strip of skin from above the eyebrows and this is often a shorter procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia.
After your brow lift surgery, your forehead will be wrapped to minimize swelling and a small drainage tube might be placed along the incision. You should rest with your head elevated and avoid any strenuous activity for about two weeks after your surgery. Although most of the swelling, bruising, and discomfort will have reduced after this time, it may take up to six months for the swelling to completely go down.
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids. An upper eyelid lift can treat baggy or sagging upper eyelids resulting from excess skin or excess fat. There are many reasons people get this surgery; beyond cosmetic concerns, excess skin on the upper eyelids can partially block vision. To treat the upper eyelids, Dr. Rau will make an incision along the fold of your upper lid and remove excess skin and tissue. Once the incision is closed, the skin will be gently pulled back to create a lifted look and refreshed appearance.
Similar to upper eyelid surgery, a lower eyelid lift (lower blepharoplasty) will remove excess skin from below the eyes. This will greatly improve the appearance of under-eye bags that create an aged or tired appearance. Dr. Rau will perform your lower eyelid lift by making incisions just below the lashes or inside the lower eyelid crease. Excess skin, fat, and muscle will be removed, and then the skin will be pulled up to tighten and smooth the skin under the eyes.
After your eyelid lift, you will have some bruising and swelling that gradually reduces over two weeks. Swelling and discomfort can be alleviated with ice packs, prescription eye drops, and over-the-counter pain medication. You should also sleep with you head elevated for a few days after your surgery, avoid strenuous activity, and wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyelids from the sun.
Patients who are in relatively good health and who do not smoke are often good candidates for either a brow lift or blepharoplasty. If you have droopy eyelids or sagging skin around your brows, either of these cosmetic eye surgeries can help!