As we age, the eyebrows can descend below their more youthful position. In some cases, the lowered eyebrows can impair your vision, or make it difficult to open the eyes.
A chemical brow lift, produced by Botox or Dysport, can correct some forms of droopy brows. Dr. Rowland will relax the muscles that cause the brow droop allowing your brows to elevate. However, not all cases of brow droop can be corrected with Botox or Dysport.
Surgical brow lifts can be used to elevate the brow, reduce excess upper eyelid skin, and decrease the appearance of forehead wrinkles. There are several techniques for surgical brow lifts.
The traditional brow lift, the coronal brow lift, makes an incision in the scalp behind the hairline and removes the part of skin with hair to lift the entire forehead and eyebrows. The disadvantages include the creation of a higher forehead and a visible scar.
The newer type of brow lift, the endoscopic brow lift, make small incisions at the hairline, and inserting a camera (the endoscope) into the incisions allows Dr. Rowland to elevate the forehead and eyebrow in a minimally invasive way.
Direct brow lifts involve the removal of skin right above the eyebrows, with the incision hidden in the eyebrows. This type of brow lift is particularly useful in men with thick eyebrows, but do not want the expense of the endoscopic brow lift.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve vision and appearance affected by ptosis (droopy eyelids). If your upper eyelids droop, it can block much of your vision.
How can I discover whether or not I need Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is indicated as a medical versus aesthetic procedure by determining whether the droopiness of the eyelids impacts your vision or not. To do this, measurements, photos, and visual fields will be done to demonstrate that eyelid surgery would improve your vision. Most patients are very happy after blepharoplasty with their improved vision and appearance.
Depending on the cause of your droopy eyelids, surgery can be done to decrease the skin and fat around the upper or lower eyelids, or adjust the muscle that helps keep your eyelids open. Dr. Rowland will walk you through the pre and post-operative surgical instructions and prepare you for what to expect.
Dr. Rowland performs functional eyelid surgery to improve vision that is obscured due to the following conditions:
- Allergies or thyroid disorders
- Weakened eyelid muscle
- Eyelid rotation or eyelash abnormalities
- Excessive eyelid skin
- Drooping eyelids
- Eyelid lesions
Dr. Rowland can discuss the surgical and laser options that will provide you with your best possible outcome with remarkable techniques that leave little visible scarring. Insurance may cover all or a portion of your functional eyelid surgery.