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Facelift surgery is one of the most trusted plastic surgery procedures every year. In fact, in 2020, over 230,000 facelift procedures were performed.
A facelift tightens the facial skin and underlying tissue to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. In addition to smoothing the facial skin, excess and sagging skin is removed to give patients a contoured and youthful facial appearance.
However, despite the name “face” lift, this surgery does not address the entire face. Instead, a facelift only corrects the lower two-thirds of the face (from the cheeks down to the neck). This means that additional procedures are necessary if you are looking to address any issues in your upper face.
One of the most common concerns that men and women have with the appearance of their upper face is sagging and drooping eyelids.
Luckily, blepharoplasty surgery addresses many concerns with the eyelids.
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that helps correct issues with the eyelids. As we age, we lose elasticity in our skin, which causes our skin to sag. In the eyelids, this loss of elasticity results in drooping eyelids. Whether because the drooping skin obstructs vision or simply because it takes away from the natural qualities of the face, many men and women want to correct this concern.
With eyelid surgery, the skin and underlying tissue in the eyelids are tightened, and excess skin is removed to leave you with a younger, more refreshed appearance.
While facelift surgery and eyelid surgery are very effective and can transform your facial appearance on their own (check out our gallery to see before and after photos of facelift and eyelid surgeries), many people choose to combine these two procedures to attain the most stunning results possible.
Below are five reasons why adding eyelid surgery to your facelift can benefit you.
1. A Facelift Doesn’t Address Upper Face
As mentioned above, a facelift only addresses the lower two-thirds of the face. This means that a facelift is a fantastic choice if you have skin laxity in the cheeks or neck, including the presence of jowls.
But if you struggle with skin laxity in the upper third of the face (above the cheeks), then a facelift will not be able to correct the problem.
If this is the case for you, then additional procedures, like eyelid surgery, are necessary.
2. Most Patients With Laxity in the Lower Face Also Deal With Heavy Eyelids
Our bodies tend to balance themselves out. This means that if you have sagging skin in your lower face, there is a good chance that you will have skin laxity and sagging in your upper face, including (and sometimes especially) in your eyelids. And while a facelift will help correct the skin laxity in the lower face, you will need to have eyelid surgery to correct the heavy eyelid skin.
So, if you have skin laxity in the lower and upper face, then combining procedures can give you the most dynamic transformation.
3. Treating Only the Lower Face Can Give Unharmonious Results
A common concern that patients have after their facelift surgery — if their eyes are not treated — is that their face might look imbalanced. This is because the skin on their lower face is tightened and contoured with the facelift, but their upper face might still suffer from skin laxity.
By adding blepharoplasty to your facelift, you are able to correct both the lower and upper face at the same time, giving you a more complete rejuvenation.
After both of these procedures, your face will look refreshed, balanced and harmonious.
4. Shortened Overall Recovery Time
One of the best parts about combining plastic surgery procedures is that you will have less overall recovery time.
Facelift recovery generally takes about four weeks, and blepharoplasty recovery usually takes three to four weeks. This means that if you had the surgeries separate, you would be looking at seven to eight weeks of total recovery.
If you were to combine these procedures, you would be recovering from them at the same time, meaning that your overall recovery period will only be about four weeks.
In the End…
Ultimately, combining a facelift and eyelid surgery helps to give you a more complete rejuvenation to your facial appearance, while also helping you recover and pay less.