David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

Eyelid Surgery, Browlift

The appearance of the eyes is affected both by heredity and the aging process. Gravity sure works against us here. Dr. Reath uses eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, to correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags under the eyes. These are the features that make people look older and more tired than they feel, and sometimes even interfere with their vision.

You can choose to simply repair your upper eyelids only, lower eyelids only or all four lids at a time.

Browlift (Forehead Lift) vs. Blepharoplasty – which is best for sagging eyelids?

Many people who are concerned about excess skin in their upper eye area are surprised to find out that a browlift is indicated rather than eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty.) This is because the skin that is hooding the upper eyelid is raised as the brow is re-positioned during a brow lift.

Browlift and blepharoplasty are complementary procedures for eyelid area improvement. Deciding whether to have a browlift, blepharoplasty, or a combination of both is a very individual decision that involves your particular anatomy, your aesthetic sense, and the artistry of your surgeon.

If you have noticed that your eyeshadow is becoming harder to see or you have the sensation that your eyelid skin rests on your eyelashes, your excess skin is treated by an eyelid lift. Skin excess and hooding occurring in the crow’s feet area outside the outer corner of the eye (lateral canthus) is often better managed with a brow/forehead lift.

A good idea is to review pictures from decades ago and notice whether your brow has moved over the years. In some people the brow has slowly descended over time.  If so, you are more likely to benefit from a browlift.  On the other hand, you may have always had a lower brow. If that is the case, a browlift is might give you an outcome that appears unnatural to you.

Before and After Pictures of Dr. Reath’s Browlift and Eyelid Surgery Patients

To give you an idea of what kind of results that can be achieved from brow lifts and/or eyelid surgery we have some pictures for you to compare. Below are pictures of Dr Reath’s patients. Some have had one or both sets of eyelids done, some just a browlift and other had a combination of both. Hopefully you’ll find this helpful.

Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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    Before & After Eyelid Surgery: Here is a 53-year-old woman who was unhappy with the excess skin around her eyes. She told us that she felt she looked tired all the time. Dr. Reath performed an upper and lower lid blepharoplasty. She is pictured here 6 months later looking younger, relaxed and much more refreshed.

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    Before & After Browlift: Here is a 62-year-old woman who was unhappy with the wrinkles on her forehead and between her eyebrows. In addition she had significant skin laxity in her crow’s feet area, which is corrected with upper placement of the eyebrows. Dr. Reath performed a browlift and she is pictured six months after her surgery looking younger and more refreshed.

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    Before & After Browlift and Upper and Lower Lid Blepharoplasty- Here is a 52-year-old woman who came to us with concerns about droopiness in her brow area and the appearance of her eyes. Dr. Reath performed a browlift in conjunction with and upper and lower eyelid lift. She is pictured here six months later looking relaxed, refreshed and at least ten years younger.

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    Before & After Two-Lid Blepharoplasty: Here is a 56-year-old woman who said she was bothered by the "fullness" in her upper eyelids. She explained that it was starting to interfere with her peripheral vision and felt that it make her look older than her age. You can see what a natural-looking difference an upper lid blepharoplasty makes in her appearance. She said her vision improved too.

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    Before & After 4-Lid Blepharoplasty: This patient is a 54-year-old female who is concerned about the excessive skin of all of her eyelids. Dr. Reath performed an upper and lower blepharoplasty and removed the excess skin giving her the more youthful look pictured here.

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    Before & After 4-Lid Blepharoplasty with Browlift: This patient is a 49-year-old male who expressed concern about his saggy and puffy eyes. Dr. Reath performed a upper and lower lid blepharoplasty and an endoscopic brow lift. After his surgery he told us that his children remarked they didn't know that he had such pretty eyes.

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    Before & After Facelift, Upper and Lower Lid Blepharoplasty and Browlift: Here is a 61-year-old woman whose profession involved spending all day in the sun. She wanted to reverse her years of sun damage and smooth the facial wrinkles in her eyes, forehead and neck. Here she is before and six months after her facial rejuvenation procedures. She has a much more youthful appearance and said she notices people interact with her in a much more positive way.

Pricing for Eyelid Surgery and Browlift

One thing that nearly everyone asks is how much these procedures cost, so we include our surgery prices right here on our website. Amazing, right? The cost of a facial rejuvenation surgery with Dr. Reath includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, our exclusive recovery kit, a medical-grade skin care procedure and all follow-up visits. If you are interested in having more than one facial procedure, you’ll save a little bit of money having them done at the same time. We’ll give you an exact quote for your surgical plan during your consultation with Dr. Reath.

Procedure Cost Cash Price
Eyelid Surgery Upper and Lower $5,182 $4,923
Eyelid Surgery Upper or Lower $3,715 $3,529
Browlift $5,220 $4,959
Facelift $10,203 $9,693

Cash Discount: Great news! We offer a 5% discount for our patients who would like to pay with cash or check instead of using a credit card or financing.

David B. Reath, MD

Board-certified plastic surgeon David B. Reath, MD is renowned for his surgical skills and his commitment to public education. Practicing in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1986, his personal approach with patients is what truly sets him apart.

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Eyelid Surgery

The operation can be done under local anesthesia with sedation, or under a general anesthetic on an outpatient bases. It is frequently combined with other facial procedures such as a facelift or forehead lift. Both a browlift and a facelift are done under general anesthesia. Once patients have recovered from the anesthetic, they go home in the care of their family.

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

Helping our patients manage a speedy recovery is one of our primary missions.The recovery period is usually 7 to 10 days. Expect to be able to read and watch TV after two or three days and have stitches removed less than a week after surgery. Once the stitches are removed, eye makeup can be used.

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  • So you can be better prepared for your consultation, we have prepared a list of important plastic surgery questions you will want to ask your doctor before you have your surgery. If your consultation is with Dr. Reath, please feel free to print this out and he will be happy to go over everything with you during your visit. Top Ten Questions to Ask your Plastic Surgeon
  • Even though the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are pleased with their results, the decision to have a procedure is a big one. It is normal to have questions, and it’s important to answer them honestly. In the end, you want to be completely comfortable with your decision.So, are you clear about your motivations for surgery? Are your expectations realistic? Test yourself by answering these important questions. How to Know if You Are  Ready for Plastic Surgery.

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