Eyelid surgery has long been popular with women seeking proven solutions for weary eyes and worn-out expressions. Recent data indicate that men, too, are discovering the social and professional benefits of brow lift, blepharoplasty and even non-invasive dermal filler options.
Below, the experienced Charlotte plastic surgeons of Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery review the range of available choices, and suggest ways to choose the procedure that is right for you.
According to a recent survey, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) has become the third-most popular plastic surgery procedure among men, behind liposuction and gynecomastia. Brow lift is the sixth-most popular male plastic surgery, after rhinoplasty and facelift.
Women have long understood the benefits of eyelid surgery, and are sophisticated in choosing among the available options:
When brows sag with age, lines and furrows begin to form on the forehead and around the eyes. Brow lift is a solution to these common issues, restoring an alert, engaged look while smoothing out frown lines, creases and wrinkles. During the procedure, your surgeon lifts forehead skin and the brow area to restore a youthful facial appearance.
Brow lift will improve the appearance of sagging skin, crow’s feet, frown lines and deep lines on the forehead, but not completely eliminate them. With your brow newly elevated and the skin tightened, you will find yourself raising your brows less often, which is what causes forehead lines. If “hooding” of your upper eyelids was caused by loose skin in this area, brow lift will also improve the appearance of skin around the eyes.
When the main concern is loose skin and an accumulation of fat in the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is often the best choice. Blepharoplasty removes excess skin, fat and sometimes muscle between the eyebrow and eyelash, but does not change the position of the eyebrow.
If you are satisfied with the shape and placement of your brow, but have excess skin below the brow, an eyelid lift may be all you need. Brow lift may be a better choice when your brow is within the eye socket, has lost its natural shape, or you have a pocket of fat or loose skin that involves more than just the upper eyelid.
Dermal fillers are a popular alternative to blepharoplasty. Small injections of products such as Bellafill, Restylane, Juvederm or Perlane can improve the appearance of the skin around the eyes by smoothing out the skin. Fillers are an effective way to treat dark circles under the eyes, too. Loss of volume and thinning skin exposes blood vessels under the skin, giving the area a darker appearance. Injecting a dermal filler provides a cushion that compensates for the thinner skin and loss of fat.
If you’d like to learn more about eyelid surgery and other options, schedule your personal consultation with experienced Charlotte plastic surgeons Dr. Robert Graper or Dr. Garret Harper by contacting Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery today.