Why Heavy Upper Eyelids May Actually Require A Browlift


Do you miss the way your face looked before time and gravity began to take their toll?

There’s no doubt about it; heavy droopy upper eyelids make you look older and they can even compromise your vision.

Fortunately, with the right cosmetic procedures, you will be able to gaze in the mirror and see your reflection looking 10 years younger and completely refreshed.

Here’s the catch: you may mistakenly believe the solution to droopy upper eyelids is an eyelid surgery when, in fact, a browlift is often the best procedure for restoring your eyes and forehead back to their more younger and expressive selves.

Before you schedule an appointment for an eye surgery, make sure you understand the true cause behind your drooping eyelids. Make an appointment with an experienced, board certified surgeon to determine which procedure, or combination procedures is right for you. In the meantime, read on to learn why browlift procedures are a more permanent and longer lasting solution to your problem.

What causes sagging eyelids?

Heavy or sagging upper eyelids are a common side-effect of the aging process and occur as the body begins to decrease its collagen production. Collagen is one of the main “ingredients” responsible for firm, youthful, and elastic skin. Once your body’s collagen production declines, the effects of gravity are more apparent.

Browlifts Are Often the Best Solution for Heavy Upper Eyelids

What many people don’t realize is that sagging or drooping in the upper eyelid area is not usually an eyelid problem but, in fact, is the result of upper eyelid skin being pushed down by the weight of sagging forehead and eyebrow tissues.

While eyelid surgery can remove fat and excess skin tissue responsible for puffy or saggy eyes, browlifts are a more effective and permanent way to lift the sagging areas above the eyes, and to remove extra tissue or fat, in order to open the eyes back up.

One major bonus of browlift procedures is the smoothing of any wrinkles that have developed on the forehead and around the eyes, which further enhances your youthful appearance. In many cases, a browlift is combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a facelift or cosmetic injectables for added benefit.

What is an Endoscopic Browlift?

We prefer to use endoscopic browlift procedures whenever possible. These procedures are much less invasive, requiring only a few incisions along the forehead line and at the temples. The incisions are strategically placed and sutures are carefully applied so scarring will not be noticeable once the healing process is complete.

From these minimal incisions, the surgeon is able to perform the same corrections as in a traditional browlift.

How do I Prepare for My Browlift Procedure?

The first step is to make an appointment for a consultation with a reputable, experienced surgeon. Not all browlifts and cosmetic surgery procedures are created equal. Your consultation will allow the surgeon to listen to your concerns and do a careful examination of your facial features to determine which cosmetic surgery procedures are best for your desired outcome.

You will also have the chance to ask questions, learn all about the procedure and recovery period, and view before and after pictures so you can see how different surgeries provide different outcomes, depending on your areas of concern. Use this opportunity to discuss other cosmetic procedures of interest, such as lower eyelid surgery, a full facelift,rhinoplasty or cosmetic injections.

Certain lifestyle and dietary changes may need to be occur leading up to your scheduled procedure. These include things like:

  • Smoking cessation. Smoking increases the risk of surgical complications and can hinder the healing process. Your doctor will ask you to quit smoking for the few weeks before and after your procedure. Nicotine patches or gum can be a viable solution during this time, or use this opportunity to quit altogether.
  • Medications. Your doctor will review your current medications and nutritional supplements during your consultation and advise you accordingly. In most cases, you will need to stop taking aspirin and other blood thinners to prevent excessive bleeding during and after the surgery.
  • Hair growth. If you have short hair, you may want to grow it a little longer prior to surgery to help hide your incisions as they heal.

Excited to look 10 years younger and eliminate those drooping upper eyelids? Contact the office of Dr. Tzikas and schedule a no-obligation consultation to make sure you schedule the procedure that is best for your needs.