As we get older, it can become more difficult to keep those wrinkles at bay. The aging process may come with wisdom and great memories, but it can also trigger the breakdown of facial fat, which exacerbates the look of facial sagging, wrinkles, and fine lines. Creams and serums can help, but for true results, an eyelid lift or facelift can be far more effective.
The only problem is, how do you know which procedure you’d benefit from more – a facelift or an eyelift?
Both surgeries have significant benefits, especially for patients who are tired of dealing with sagging skin. The difference is that a facelift and an eyelid lift can tackle sagging in different facial areas. Let’s take a look at these two surgeries and what their ideal candidates look like:
- Facelift: A facelift is a surgical procedure that addresses overall facial sagging, including the neck, jawline and forehead. Your plastic surgeon makes small incisions behind the earlobes and along the hairline, which helps hide surgical scars. These incisions make it possible for your plastic surgeon to access facial muscles; these muscles are pulled taut and rearranged to minimize sagging.
The best candidates for a facelift procedure are people who have significant facial sagging around the forehead, cheeks, and jawline.
- Eyelift: An eyelid lift is a surgical procedure that corrects excessive sagging around the eyelids. During this procedure, your plastic surgeon will make tiny incisions on the lash line and brow line. These incisions allow your plastic surgeon to access key fat pads, as well as rearrange muscles and trim excess skin. The end result is a more youthful and well-rested appearance.
The best candidates for an eyelid lift are people who have moderate-to-severe wrinkles around their eyes, as well as sagging eyelids and undereye bags.
Still not sure if you’re a candidate for a facelift or eyelift procedure? Schedule your consultation with board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Ed Pittman or Dr. Liana Lugo at Pittman Plastic Surgery in Athens, GA. Pittman Plastic Surgery is a full practice plastic surgery center that serves the greater Athens area.