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Eyelid and Brow Lift in Brooklyn 

Eyes are the mirror of the soul, they say — and large, expressive eyes are arguably the most attractive feature of the human face. Unfortunately, many of us feel that our eyes become smaller with age. However, it’s a scientific fact that eyes do not shrink. Rather, it’s what’s around the eyes that becomes larger, droopier, and begins to hide your eyes. It’s the eyelids! This is where an eyelid and brow lift can restore the beauty of your eyes. 

Eyelid lift and brow lift

Eyelid drooping is very common, and so is the surgery that corrects it. Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is one of the top five most performed plastic surgeries in USA. It’s a minor surgery that is performed to rejuvenate the eyelids.

Blepharoplasty can be done on upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both simultaneously. It involves removing excess skin, and sometimes muscle and/or fat. An eyelid lift is safe, effective, and carries 95% patient satisfaction on RealSelf.com.  

A brow lift (also called a forehead lift) is a quick, simple procedure that is done under local anesthesia, most commonly at the time of your upper eyelid lift. Occasionally, Dr. Giyaur will use the blepharoplasty incision to perform brow lift. Very rarely, a separate incision that is hidden in the eyebrow is needed to support and fixate the brow. A brow lift is an adjunctive procedure to blepharoplasty that helps to achieve us the most natural result and prevent excessive eyelid skin removal. At the time of your initial eyelid lift consultation, Dr. Giyaur will discuss with you whether or not you may benefit from a brow lift.

What eyelid surgery can treat

  • Loose skin and/or puffiness in the upper eyelids
  • Lower eyelid bags (fat prolapse)
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Excess skin or fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids
  • Mildly drooping eyebrows
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Why have eyelid surgery?

As we age the eyelids stretch, skin loses elasticity, and the muscles supporting them weaken. Loose skin hangs over the upper eyelid, resulting in problems with appearance and the feeling of eyelid heaviness. Occasional fat that is normally behind the eye prolapses forward through weakened tissues and causes unsightly bulges that are quite visible in the lower lid.

Mild drooping of the upper eyelids may result in your face looking a bit tired and somewhat older. As the condition progresses, some find that it becomes difficult to apply eyeshadow. Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can create heaviness and reduce your peripheral vision.

Aging eyelids may be difficult to open fully, causing a person to both look and feel more tired by creating additional weight over the eyes. Sagging skin may also push on the eyelashes and turn them down towards the eye.

An eyelid lift is an amazing procedure (with a fairly short recovery time) that can take years off the overall appearance of your face and make you look and feel much younger.

If you notice that the skin of your eyelids is starting to droop and hangs down a bit more than it used to, that shadows are hard to apply or that mascara smudges, or that eyelids feel heavy and make you look older, it might be time to consider eyelid lift.

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Why have a brow lift?

Occasionally, a patient will come to us complaining about their droopy eyelids — but after examining closely, Dr. Giyaur discovers that in addition to sagging eyelids, there’s also a significant brow droop that is creating part of the problem. Because of this, Dr. Giyaur may recommend a brow lift. 


What type of anesthesia is used?

No matter what type of anesthesia is used, we will ensure that you’re comfortable during your surgery. Dr. Giyaur has several different types of anesthesia to choose from for your surgery, including local injection of lidocaine, oral sedation (if done in our Brooklyn office), or intravenous sedation by an anesthesiologist (if done in ambulatory surgery setting).

Where will the procedure be done?

Depending on whether the procedure is being done for functional or cosmetic reasons, it may be performed in our ambulatory surgical center. It may also be performed in our state-of-the-art, in-office procedure room in Brooklyn.

Is eyelid surgery covered by medical insurance?

It depends. An upper eyelid lift may be covered by your medical insurance if it’s a solution to impaired vision. If your eyelids are so severely drooped that they cover your pupil and affect their side vision, we will apply for medical coverage to your insurance plan. If coverage is approved, some or most of the fee may be covered. However, if the eyelid procedure is for under-eye bags or other cosmetic purposes, it won’t be covered.

What to expect during your consultation

  • Dr. Giyaur will take a thorough history of any illnesses, surgeries, and medication use
  • Dr. Giyaur will perform a thorough evaluation of your upper facial structures
  • Dr. Giyaur will conduct an eye exam
  • You will discussion your expectations and goals with Dr. Giyaur 
  • You will undergo an evaluation of possible functional problems associated with droopy eyelids (a peripheral vision testing may be needed for this)
  • Photographs will be taken in order to compare your appearance before and after surgery
  • Dr. Giyaur will go over your surgical and non-surgical options
  • All of your questions and concerns will be answered
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How to prepare for the procedure

  • Wear comfortable clothes (layers are helpful)
  • Do not wear any makeup/cosmetics
  • Do not wear contact lenses
  • Consider having someone accompany you (don’t drive to your appointment)
  • Refrain from smoking cigarettes two weeks before and after the procedure
  • To reduce swelling, begin applying arnica gel and taking post-operative pills the day of the procedure
  • Make sure you already have ice packs at home to apply after the surgery
  • Stop your anticoagulation medications as indicated by your primary care physician, and Dr. Giyaur
  • Do not eat for eight hours prior to the procedure (if you will be undergoing IV sedation)
  • Avoid aspirin, Motrin®, ibuprofen and related medications for two weeks prior to your surgery
  • Avoid consuming fish oil, gingko biloba, vitamin E, ginseng, and garlic supplement for two weeks prior to your surgery
  • Pick up your pre- and post-operative medications at the pharmacy before the procedure 

What are eyelid lift enhancers?

While blepharoplasty is excellent at treating under-eye bags and lifting up the sagging upper eyelid, it may not address all the tiny creases that we frequently see around our eyes, excessive smile lines, and/or skin texture and pigmentation issues. In order to treat these issues, Dr. Giyaur uses eyelid lift enhancers such as ResurFX™ and photofractional laser treatments, or our unique Opus Plasma™ resurfacing that can make your results even better. Dermal fillers or Botox® can also help you look your best after blepharoplasty, and are sometimes recommended as an additional treatment to your procedure. 


Some bruising and swelling after an eyelid lift and brow lift is normal. Bruising may last for about two weeks, and swelling may continue for several weeks after the bruises subside. Your stitches will be removed 4 to 7 days after your surgery. Immediately after your eyelid lift and brow lift, you’ll need to rest the remainder of the day, gently applying ice packs for two days. Avoid high intensity exercise, heavy lifting, and swimming for two weeks after the procedure. Sleep with your head elevated for one week afterwards.

Who is a good candidate for an eyelid lift / brow lift?

If you’re in the Brooklyn area and you’re considering a brow lift and/or eyelid lift, this may be the perfect option for your needs. Those who are the best candidates for this procedure are those who:

  • Have eyelids that are aging them and/or causing discomfort 
  • Want to improve their sad, angry, or tired-looking resting face

  • Have excess skin, puffiness, or sagging of the eyelids
  • Don’t have any pre-existing eye conditions
  • Do not have thyroid problems 
  • Are non-smokers in overall good health
  • Have realistic expectations about what eyelid surgery can accomplish
  •  Want a procedure that will allow their eyes to be “seen” again
  • Are not on blood thinning medication (or who can stop taking it)

Eyelid lift and brow lift at Juno Aesthetics in Brooklyn

As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Julia Giyaur has extensive knowledge of the eye, as well as of the skin and tissues surrounding the eye. Her training and expertise allow her to avoid common problems of blepharoplasty such as poor eyelid closure and dry eye exacerbation. Her top-notch technology, expertise, safety, personalized approach, and highly trained personnel further ensure a highly satisfactory outcome.

Dr. Giyaur applies meticulousness and precision to each and every procedure she performs, and her love for the arts and her feel for proper proportions have helped her develop the extra artistic touch needed in aesthetics. Her patients love the feeling of her steady hand, compassionate demeanor, and her true understanding of their needs. At Juno, we believe that by enhancing beauty and bringing back youthful appearance we improve our customers’ sense of wellbeing — and that is our most important goal. If you’re in the Brooklyn area and you’d like to learn more about blepharoplasty or the brow lift, contact us today. 

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