Brow and Eyelid (Blepharoplasty) Surgery
Our eyes often speak for us without saying a word. Heavy eyebrows or saggy eyelids can tell others that you are tired, angry, or sad despite feeling otherwise. Many men and women suffer from brow and upper eyelid changes that can be due to aging, sun exposure, heredity, or a combination of these factors. The same is true for wrinkles, puffiness, and fat bulging of the lower eyelids. Many women and men in the DFW Metroplex visit Dr. Steele for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and brow lifts to improve the appearance of the eyes and forehead.
If you are ready to learn more about how a blepharoplasty or brow lift can improve your look, request a consultation online with Dr. Steele, or call our office at 817-731-5330. We serve patients in Fort Worth, TX and surrounding communities and we welcome patients who wish to travel from outside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
When it comes to rejuvenating your eye and brow region, Dr. Steele will take the time to develop a unique surgical plan based on your individual anatomy and goals. Some patients benefit from eyelid procedures alone, while those with heavy, sagging brow often require a brow lift as well. Whether you’re a woman or a man, the following options can help you look younger and more attractive:
Upper Eyelid Surgery
An upper blepharoplasty will remove excess skin (and sometimes fat) from the upper eyelid to reverse a fatigued or grumpy appearance. The incision typically follows the natural eyelid crease and extends out toward existing crow’s feet. Because the scar falls in a natural eyelid crease, it is well concealed and rarely noticeable.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid procedures are very effective for eliminating lower eyelid puffiness and bags. In some cases, the procedure can be performed entirely through the inside of the lower eyelid. This transconjunctival approach leaves no visible external scar. In some cases, a small pinch of skin can be removed in combination with the transconjunctival approach to address skin wrinkling. Patients with more advanced lower eyelid aging may benefit from a traditional lower eyelid incision placed just below the eyelashes. As with the upper eyelid, this incision heals quite nicely.
A brow lift or forehead lift can be quite effective by lifting heavy brows and opening up the eyes. A variety of brow lift techniques are available, and Dr. Steele will help you to choose the most appropriate technique for your situation.
Combined Eyelid Surgery and Brow Lift
Many patients have multiple changes contributing to their aged appearance. It is not uncommon for patients to have saggy brows that are improved with a brow lift and wrinkled eyelid skin that is approved with a blepharoplasty.
Minimally invasive procedures like Botox®, Juvederm®, and Restylane® can improve forehead creases, “parenthesis lines” between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet. These are very effective for younger patients with less advanced signs of aging.
Dr. Steele performs brow lift and blepharoplasty procedures under general anesthesia, typically as an outpatient. When combined with a facelift, an overnight stay may be necessary due to the length of the procedure. Bruising and swelling are typical. Ice packs and elevating the head as much as possible will help to minimize bruising and swelling. Dr. Steele will prescribe topical eye drops and medicated ointments for optimal comfort. Most patients can return to work after a week, though makeup may be needed to camouflage any residual bruising. Light activity can be resumed within a few days, but strenuous activity must be limited for about one month.
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What about crow's feet?
What about my vision?
Can I just use Botox® instead of surgery?
Brow lift, Facelift, or both?
Will insurance cover my eyelid surgery?
What about my contacts?
What can I do to prolong my results?
Good sun protection is especially important for optimal scar healing. Prolonged sun exposure increases and prolongs scar redness. Regular sunscreen use will also help maintain healthy skin, decrease the presence of fine lines, and decrease your risk of skin cancer.
A good skin care regimen including gentle cleansing, moisturizing, sun screen, and retinoid use is very helpful for maintaining a healthy skin appearance while minimizing fine lines. Topical antioxidants and a healthy diet are also very helpful.
Smoking has a significant impact on wound healing and accelerates facial aging. Nicotine causes restricted blood flow which results in wound infections, open wounds, and bad scars. It also causes premature aging and a sallow, discolored appearance. Best to quit smoking one month before and after surgery, and even better for your health to discontinue entirely. This applies to all nicotine products including chewing tobacco, vape cigarettes with nicotine, and nicotine patches/gums.
Dr. Steele will recommend topical scar therapy postoperatively for optimal scar healing.