Brow lift or blepharoplasty? (photos)
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Eyebrow lift, versus eyelid lift
Brow Lift or Blepharoplasty
Addressing the brow, eyelids and frown muscles will achieve your goals without the "surprised look"!
Your story, that others (usually friends and family) tell you that you look upset, worried or angry, is one I hear commonly from patients. Our brains are wired to associate these emotions with how faces, particularly the eyes, appear. A trio of low positioned eyebrows, upper eyelid skin that crowds the outer eyes (called "lateral hooding"), and frown lines all add up in our minds as worry or upset, when in fact you may not be feeling those emotions at all.
Surgical lifts are the only solution: I address all 3 of these issues with with a brow lift (for low eyebrows), upper blepharoplasty (for excess eyelid skin), and frown muscle weakening (for frown lines). The end result is not a surprised look but rather a brighter and more joyous appearance to the eyes which others will then interpret subconsciously as happiness and wellbeing. I highly recommend this combination of procedures to you as you have all 3 findings. In skilled hands, you won't end up with a surprised look. I perform this surgery in about 2.5 hours with light general anesthesia delivered by a board certified anesthesiologist, and recovery is about 7-10 days and with minimal pain.
Rhinoplasty is focused on proportion and refinement, rather than changing the appearance of emotions - by itself, even a beautiful rhinoplasty result won't affect the "upset" appearance of your eyes. Nonetheless, rhinoplasty could potentially be performed in the same operation (depending on the complexity). Certainly that would offer multiple advantages: 1 surgery, 1 recovery (lasting about 2 weeks) and 1 surgery would be much more cost-effective (savings of thousands of dollars based on OR and anesthesia time) as compared with having 2 separate surgeries. Lengthening the amount of surgery time does not necessarily increase risk. Your safety during surgery and anesthesia is the most important aspect, and my patients enjoy the confidence of board certified physicians with decades of experience at the helm of their care.
All the best in your search!- Dr. Rad
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