Patients who are interested in eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) might also consider the benefits of a brow lift. That’s because the causes of drooping eyelids and sagging brows are the same: as we age, excess skin can form around our eyes, causing us to look older, tired, wrinkled or puffy. Our skin loses elasticity and previously tight tissues can begin to droop. This can lead to wrinkled lines across the forehead, to frown lines between the eyebrows and to sagging eyebrows that can hood the upper eyelid. A brow lift can correct this.
In this procedure, we raise the eyebrows. Some people have expressed the concern that this lift will make them look “startled.” This can be a genuine issue if the center of the forehead (the medial brow) is raised too high. This kind of effect needs to be avoided, and so the brow lifts we prefer address the sides of the brow (the lateral brow). We do not directly lift the center of the forehead. Instead, with a lateral procedure, tissues are lifted outward towards the temples. In this manner, we can significantly improve the area, avoiding that startled appearance. We perform the entire procedure through a small incision just above the hairline.
We perform surgery here in Santa Fe at our private operating room under general anesthesia. Patients typically recover in two to three weeks. Patients should expect some swelling and bruising, even in parts of the face that weren’t operated on (like the cheeks and eyes). But the swelling should disappear in about a week. Costs vary from patient to patient and can depend on how much work is done—particularly if there is additional work needed on the upper eyelid.