Many people who come to me considering a face lift in Chicago want to improve sagging skin and wrinkles around their eyes. Often, the best approach for these patients is not a face lift but an eye lift.
Face Lift vs. Eye Lift
A face lift addresses the lower portions of the face, including the cheeks, jawline and neck – not the forehead, brows or eyes. Usually, I recommend face lift surgery for those who want to:
- Have a more defined jawline
- Reduce sagging in the mid-face
- Soften “laugh lines” or “smile lines”
- Rejuvenate the neck
Eyelid surgery, on the other hand, specifically targets the upper or lower lids (or both) to create a refreshed, alert appearance. With eyelid surgery, you can:
- Eliminate under-eye bags
- Smooth out “crow’s feet” and other wrinkles around the eyes
- Elevate drooping upper or lower eyelids
- Improve impaired vision caused by heavy upper eyelids
Sometimes the best results are achieved when I combine procedures such as a facelift, eyelid surgery and even a brow lift, which smooths the forehead. This way, I am able to give the entire face a rejuvenated appearance, rather than just focusing on one specific area. These procedures can normally be performed during one operation to reduce overall healing time and the need for multiple surgeries.