Brow Lift or Blepharoplasty? How To Decide Which Is Right for You

woman considering brow lift of blepharoplasty (model)

Do I need a brow lift or a blepharoplasty? It’s a question we hear all the time here at La Jolla Cosmetic, and the answer is different for everyone. Some people see a world of difference with some forehead lifting, while others look as young and stunning as ever with eyelid surgery alone.

So how can you decide which surgery is right for you? Read on to find out in 3 easy steps!

Understand the Differences

The first step in knowing whether you need a brow lift or blepharoplasty is to understand what each of these procedures achieves:

  • Brow lifts, or forehead lifts, tighten muscles in the forehead and raise the skin of the upper face toward the hairline to eliminate the look of a heavy or falling brow. See examples in our brow lift before-and-after photo gallery.
  • Blepharoplasties, or eye lifts, lift the upper eyelids to correct drooping that may cause a sleepy or worn-out look. They also remove puffy bags from the lower eyelids if needed. See examples in our blepharoplasty before-and-after photo gallery.  

If you mainly notice drooping in the areas right around your eyes, a blepharoplasty is your best solution. If that extends upward to your brow or forehead, you’re likely a candidate for a brow lift. If you’re finding it hard to tell, move on to the next step!

Try the Mirror Test

Did you know there’s a clinical sign that helps surgeons decide whether someone needs a brow lift or eyelid surgery? It’s called Flower’s sign. When someone comes in for an eyelid surgery consultation, surgeons watch for whether that person lifts their forehead skin upward with their fingers while they’re describing their ideal result. If they do, it’s a good sign they need a brow or forehead lift in addition to, or sometimes instead of, eyelid surgery.

You can try this test yourself! Look into a mirror without raising your eyebrows and use your hands to gently pull your forehead skin upward. If most of the drooping above your eyes goes away, you’re likely a brow lift candidate. If you still notice some sagging, it’s a good sign you need a blepharoplasty.

It’s possible you’re also noticing other signs of aging that neither of these procedures addresses. Learn more about other common concerns and ways to treat them in this blog post.

Ask a Plastic Surgeon

Ultimately, the best way to decide on the right approach is to ask a board-certified plastic surgeon who has years of experience treating people just like you. During your private consultation, your surgeon will have an in-depth discussion with you about the concerns you’re seeing, how you would like to look, and all your options for making your dream appearance a reality.

Here’s a fun tool to get you started: Our interactive treatment planner makes finding your perfect treatment a breeze. Give it a spin to learn more about your many eye rejuvenation options here at LJC.

Have more questions about brow lifts and blepharoplasties? Request a consultation online or call us (858) 452-1981 to get in touch with our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!