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Although they both address the upper region of the face and impact the eyes, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is an entirely different cosmetic procedure than a forehead lift.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that addresses access skin of the upper and lower lids and removes increasing fat in either lower and upper lids.
A forehead lift addresses lines and wrinkles on the forehead as well as a sagging brow.
Which Procedure Is Right for Me?
Some women develop laxity in the eyelids, others in the forehead, and some in both. Determining the correct cosmetic procedure for you comes down to your specific aging concerns as well as your personal preference.
The eyes and the upper face are among the first areas to display the visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
This is due to:
- Repeated facial expressions and movements
- Thin skin
- Excessive sun exposure
- Poor skincare routines
These situations often result in the development of heavy upper eyelids. Unfortunately, the cause for this heaviness varies from person to person.
Sometimes, this laxity is due to the breakdown of tissues on the eyelids themselves. Other times, it is due to a sagging brow—which is caused by the weakening of the forehead tissues—that is putting pressure on the eyelids.
Do I Need Eyelid Surgery?
If your laxity is limited to the upper and lower brow, or if you are unhappy with the appearance of crow’s feet (lines that radiate from the outer corners of your eyes), then blepharoplasty may be the procedure for you.
Do I Need a Forehead Lift?
If you have moderate to severe horizontal lines on the forehead, frown lines between the brows, or eyebrows that have noticeable dropped on the forehead, a forehead lift is right for you.
While these procedures can be performed as standalone procedures, many patients discover the benefits of performing them in combination with each other.
What Are the Benefits of Combining Plastic Surgery Procedures?
Facial Balance and Symmetry
Since aging is not always limited to just the eyes or the forehead, many potential patients benefit from a combination procedure. This combination ensures that facial balance remains across the upper third of your face.
If you have laxity on the eyelids and the forehead but only choose to address the eyelids, the pressure of the sagging brow may disrupt and reverse the quality of your blepharoplasty results.
When you combine these procedures, both areas will be addressed, and you will likely experience longer-lasting improvement.
Reduced Recovery Period
Eyelid and forehead surgery both require a recovery period of several weeks. This is due to bruising, swelling, and the healing of the incisions.
If blepharoplasty and forehead lift surgery are performed in tandem, you will heal from both techniques simultaneously, thus reducing the recovery time—as opposed to the procedures being performed separately.
Lessened Financial Cost
Much like the reduced recovery time, if you choose to combine your procedures, you will only be paying for one day of the facility and one round of anesthesia.
And since you will recover from these simultaneously, you will be required to take less time off of work.
Can I Have Blepharoplasty Now and a Forehead Lift Later?
While there are many benefits to combining procedures if you are experiencing laxity in both areas, it is possible to perform these at different times should you prefer.
How Can I Learn More?
If you are interested in blepharoplasty, forehead lift surgery, or a combination of both, contact Dr. Corbin by calling his Beverly Hills office at (310) 284-8384, Brea office at (714) 671-3033, or by filling out his online contact form.