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Eyelid and Brow lift

How does the upper face age?

The brow and the forehead are often the first region to show signs of aging. Heaviness and drooping of the eyebrows can give us a tired and sometimes angry look. Drooping of the eyebrows also produce heaviness of the upper eyelids which results from pulling down of the lower edge of the brow to the upper eyelashes (red line). In addition, there can be 'hooding' of the outer corners of the eyes, caused by drooping of the skin underneath the outer edge of the eyebrow (green line).


Heavy or droopy brows can give a tired and angry appearance to the face

Heavy or droopy brows can give a tired and angry appearance to the face

As the eyebrows sag, it requires effort to keep them from blocking our vision, which causes deep horizontal creases to appear on the forehead (1). Repeated frowning can also cause deep vertical creases to form between the eyebrows (2). Sagging of the skin in the corners of the brow accentuates the appearance of the crows feet (3).


Aging of the brow also creates deep wrinkles around the forehead

Aging of the brow also creates deep wrinkles around the forehead

In addition to sagging of the forehead and brow, the upper and lower eyelids also show signs of aging. The upper eyelids may develop folds of loose skin that give the eyes a heavy and tired look. Droopy upper eyelids can also make it difficult to wear eye make-up. Lower eyelids can also appear droopy or baggy, giving a tired, sometimes sad look to the face. Finally, the very thin skin of the eyelids is quite prone to developing fine wrinkles.


Before upper blepharoplasty and full face laser resurfacing

Before upper blepharoplasty and full face laser resurfacing

What does a brow lift achieve?

By lifting the brow to a more natural position, the eyes can appear larger and less tired. A number of brow lifting techniques exist to improve the appearance of the aging forehead and brow region. These include the coronal brow lift, the hairline or trichophytic brow lift, the mid-forehead lift, the direct brow lift, and the endoscopic brow lift. Choosing the optimal procedure depends on many factors including hair-style, density of hair, position of the hair-line, and presence of frown lines. Dr. Naficy is experienced in all modern techniques of brow lifting and custom tailors the procedures to the needs of each patient. After a brow lift, the eyes appear less heavy and more open. You can actually appreciate the degree of lift of the brow, measured form the eyelid crease (red line) and the corner of the eye (green line).


Heavy or droopy brows can give a tired and angry appearance to the face
Before

After a brow lift the eyes are more open and rested, and less angry looking
After
Brow lift by Sam Naficy, MD


Heavy or droopy brows can give a tired and angry appearance to the face
Before

After a brow lift the eyes are more open and rested, and less angry looking
After
Brow lift by Sam Naficy, MD

Brow lift photo gallery

You may wish to browse through the gallery of representative before and after brow lift pictures. Click on any of the thumbnails to enter the slide show. All procedures were performed by Dr. Sam Naficy and some patients may have had more than one surgical procedure performed. The text accompanying the photos describes the details of the procedures performed.

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What does an eye lift achieve?

Blepharoplasty (also known as cosmetic eyelid surgery, eyelid lift, or eyelift) is one of the most commonly performed procedures in plastic surgery. Dr. Naficy has performed thousands of eye lift procedures and is experienced in all techniques of blepharoplasty including the transconjunctival blepharoplasty (with no external incisions), laser blepharoplasty, fat preservation, and revision blepharoplasty.

After cosmetic eyelid surgery, the eyes can appear more rested and vibrant. The results can be so natural that friends and co-workers will often comment on how great you look, but may not realize that surgery was performed. The incisions lie in natural creases of the eyelid and usually heal extremely fast. Like all cosmetic surgery procedures, a great result is both in what you see and what you don't see. Dr. Naficy uses state of the art laser technology that produces remarkable results with rapid healing and minimal down-time.


Before upper blepharoplasty and full face laser resurfacing
Before

After upper blepharoplasty and full face laser resurfacing
After


Before upper blepharoplasty and full face laser resurfacing
Before

After upper blepharoplasty and full face laser resurfacing
After

Eye lift photo gallery

You may wish to browse through the gallery of representative before and after eye lift pictures. Click on any of the thumbnails to enter the slide show. All procedures were performed by Dr. Sam Naficy and some patients may have had more than one surgical procedure performed. The text accompanying the photos describes the details of the procedures performed.

Click on thumbnail to begin viewing slide show.



Brow lift or Eye lift - which one do I need?

This is a key decision and one that you should consider carefully before proceeding ahead. The fact is that most people with heavy eyelids have a combination of droopy brows and excess eyelid skin. The important thing is to decide whether it is a brow lift or an upper eye lift that gives you the best cosmetic outcome. In some individuals, both procedures may be necessary to get the best possible outcome.

Ideal female brow position

First, let's take a look at the ideal brow position in a woman. The inside corner of the brow begins at the root of the nose, and gently climbs to higher level, reaching its peak typically somewhere half way between the pupil of the eye and the outside corner of the eye, and then dropping down at the temple. While in a woman the brow is ideally above the level of the bone and curves upward on the side, in a man, the brow is typically at the level of the bone and tends to be more horizontal.

Now that we have an idea of the ideal brow position, a rather simple test can be performed to see whether you are a good candidate for a brow lift:

  • Stand in front of a mirror and look straight ahead.
  • Make sure that you are not intentionally lifting up your brow.
  • Place the index and middle fingers of both hands, half way between the brow and the hairline, one aligned with the center of the brow and the other at the outer corner of the brow.
  • Gently lift and glide the forehead skin up toward your scalp. Go back and forth a few times, seeing the effect of the simulated brow lift on the shape of your eyes.
  • Try turning your head away from the brow, toward your nose, and again glide the forehead skin up toward your scalp, seeing the effect of the lift on the side of your brow.
  • If you like the look of your eyes with this maneuver and if the crease of your eye becomes more visible and the eye appears more alert and youthful, then you may be a good candidate for a brow lift.

If your brow is resting in a good position but there seems to be excess fullness and folded skin obscuring the crease of your eye, then you may be a better candidate for an upper eye lift. Results of an upper eye lift are more difficult to simulate than a brow lift. An eyelift can typically improve the excess droopy skin that covers the cease of the upper eyelids and in some people can even rest on the upper eyelashes. Eye lifts do not elevate the brow position, and, in fact, can sometimes slightly lower brow position. Lower blepharoplasty or lower eye lift can improve bagginess of the lower eyelids and the excessive wrinkling that some of us get on the skin of the lower eyelids.

What procedures may be combined with an eye lift or brow lift?

Eye lift and brow lift procedures may be safely combined with a number of other facial cosmetic procedures including cheek lift, face and neck lift, chin and cheek augmentation, lip augmentation, neck liposuction, and laser resurfacing.


What type of anesthesia is used?

We use IV sedation anesthesia, which is a very safe and effective method of anesthesia for facial plastic surgery and rhinoplasty. IV sedation anesthesia is extremely safe compared to the standard general anesthesia techniques used today. The main advantages of IV sedation anesthesia are that it does not require putting a breathing tube in the throat, it does not require a breathing machine, the recovery is much faster, there is much less "hang-over" from anesthesia, and there is much less nausea. All these elements translate into greater comfort and safety. Dr. Naficy has used this technique of anesthesia in several thousand plastic surgery procedures without a single anesthetic complication.

During IV sedation anesthesia a small flexible IV (intravenous) needle is placed into one of the veins of the back of the hand. Through this IV line, relaxing medication is given to make you fall sleep. The amount of medication given is adjusted to the specific needs of each person. After you are sleeping, some numbing medicine is also placed in the skin to numb the area that is being operated on. The beauty of IV sedation anesthesia is that during the procedure you are unaware of anything going on and cannot hear anything, yet you are still breathing on your own.

When the procedure is finished, the relaxing medication is discontinued and you begin to wake up. Because the medications used in IV sedation anesthesia clear the system rather quickly, most of our patients are able to go home in less than 30 minutes after the procedure is completed.

What is the recovery like?

There is minimal eye discomfort after the procedure, similar to having an irritated eye from allergies. Some swelling and discoloration may develop around the eyes for a few days. With make-up, most of our patients can return to work or social activities in less than one week. The fine stitches are typically removed at 3 days, at which time there is still some discoloration, but typically coverable with make-up.


Before upper eyelid lift
Before

Only 3 days after upper eyelid lift
Three Days After
Only 3 days after upper blepharoplasty (upper eye lift) by Sam Naficy, MD.

The amount of swelling and discoloration is average. Stitches are removed at this visit and make-up can be worn.


Over the next few days after suture removal, the remaining swelling and discoloration improves and the true cosmetic benefits of the blepharoplasty procedure can be appreciated.


Before upper eyelid lift
Before

Only 10 days after upper eyelid lift
Ten Days After
Only 10 days after upper and lower blepharoplasty (upper and lower eye lift) by Sam Naficy, MD.

The swelling is minimal and the bruising has completely resolved and the patient is back at work.


I am interested! What do I do next?

If you are considering this procedure we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Naficy. During this visit he will listen to your concerns, and after careful assessment, he will recommend to you the most suitable procedure to improve the aging of your upper face. He will discuss your alternatives and inform you of the potential risks of the procedure. You will also have a chance to view before and after photo albums of his patients who have undergone procedures similar to what you are considering.


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