Brow Lift vs Blepharoplasty: What’s The Difference?

Is Eyelid Lift Surgery or a Brow Lift the Ideal Procedure for You?

As you age, your skin loses collagen and some of its elasticity. With time, you’ll notice lax skin around your face, forehead, eyebrows, and eyes. Brow lift and blepharoplasty are two cosmetic surgeries that can help reduce the appearance of these age-related changes. You can get a brow lift to lift and reposition the brow tissues and muscles, or an eyelid lift to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. If you want more comprehensive results, you may choose to have both surgeries.

Dr Turner is a specialist plastic surgeon who performs both of these procedures. Depending on your concerns, he will recommend the most suitable treatment specific to your needs.

What is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift, also known as an eyebrow lift or forehead lift, is a cosmetic procedure that addresses signs of ageing on your forehead, eyebrows, and upper eyelids. It lifts and repositions the brow tissues and muscles, thus, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

There are three main types of brow lift surgery:,

  • Classical (coronal) brow lift: This is the most extensive type of brow lift surgery. It involves a single, long incision that extends along the hairline from one ear to another.
  • Limited incision (temporal) brow lift: This requires two shorter incisions, one above each temple.
  • Endoscopic brow lift: This requires very small incisions behind the hairline in which a thin tube with a camera attached to its end is inserted to allow tissue manipulation.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes extra skin or fat from the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Aside from cosmetic reasons, this procedure can also be performed for medical reasons, such as addressing vision impairment related to excess skin and tissue in the upper eyelids.

What’s the Difference between a Brow Lift and Blepharoplasty?

The main difference between the two procedures is the area of the face each surgery addresses:

  • A brow lift targets the skin and soft tissue in the forehead. On the other hand, a blepharoplasty removes extra skin and fat from the eyelids (upper and lower).
  • A brow lift incision is made along the hairline in the forehead, whereas blepharoplasty incisions are made along the natural creases of the upper eyelids.

How do I Know If I need a Brow Lift?

A brow lift surgery is ideal for people with a low brow position. Moreover, if you notice deep wrinkles and frown lines on your forehead, a brow lift can also address these cosmetic concerns.

How do I Know If I need Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery might be a suitable treatment option for you if you have excess eyelid skin that obstructs your vision. You may also consider the procedure if you want to address excess skin or fat deposits in your upper or lower eyelids, fine lines, wrinkles, or creases around your eyes.

Which is Better – Blepharoplasty Or Brow Lift?

Choosing between a blepharoplasty or brow lift surgery depends on several factors, including:

  • The current condition of your upper face, skin, and eyes
  • What cosmetic concerns do you want to address with surgery
  • Your desires – What look are you hoping to achieve with your surgery

Regardless of which cosmetic procedure you’re hoping to get, you must always consult with a specialist plastic surgeon.

Dr Scott Turner has knowledge of facial anatomy and eyelid functions. He’ll examine your face, assess your individual needs and goals, and advise you on which procedure is most suitable for your specific concerns.

Can You Combine a Brow Lift With Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery can be combined to change the appearance of both the eyelids and eyebrows. In some patients, a brow lift on its own or a blepharoplasty on its own might not address all the cosmetic concerns a patient would like to correct.

In some patients, there isn’t enough skin or tissue in the eyelids to remove during eyelid surgery. In this case, the surgeon can remove a small amount of tissue from the eyelids and then lift the eyebrows to maximise your results.

In other cases, the eyebrow might descend even more if your surgeon removes excess skin and tissue from the upper eyelids. In such cases, simultaneous brow lift surgery helps stabilise the position of the eyebrows and prevent further descent.

When necessary, Dr Turner can perform a brow lift at the same time as a blepharoplasty. This enables you to undergo both cosmetic procedures with a single anaesthesia session and experience just one recovery period.

FAQs about Brow Lift vs Blepharoplasty

Which is better: blepharoplasty or brow lift?

You should consult with a specialist plastic surgeon to figure out whether a blepharoplasty or a brow lift is the right procedure for you. Choosing between a blepharoplasty or brow lift surgery depends on several factors such as your skin concerns, aesthetic goals, and overall health condition.

Can a brow lift fix excess skin under each eyebrow?

Yes, a browlift can address this condition especially if it’s caused by brow descent.

Is an eyelid lift the same as blepharoplasty?

Yes, blepharoplasty is another name for an eyelid lift which is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids.

Can a blepharoplasty fix wrinkles around the eyes?

An eyelid lift surgery can address crow’s feet wrinkles to some extent. However, it’s important to note that blepharoplasty primarily focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids rather than specifically targeting wrinkles. For more comprehensive results, blepharoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic procedures.

Does brow lift change eye shape?

The main goal of brow lift surgery is not to change the shape of your eyes. The procedure does not directly change the underlying shape of the eyes themselves, such as their size or placement.

Does blepharoplasty lower eyebrows?

In some cases, yes. A blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) might cause the eyebrows to drop with time. To avoid this, your plastic surgeon may recommend a brow lift at the same time as the eyelid surgery .

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Next Steps

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations).
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  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral.

Making the Most of Your Consultation

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  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided.

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  • You can book your initial consultation by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

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