Brow Lift – What to Expect
Two areas of the face that time, age, and the environment have an obvious effect on is the forehead and brow area. Over time, deep creases, wrinkles, and sagging skin can be an issue in the upper part of the face. These problems can make us look tired or cranky, even when are are happy and rested. But there is something that can help: a common cosmetic procedure called a brow lift.
Brow lifts are also sometimes called forehead lifts. This kind of cosmetic procedure is done to lift and firm the skin of the brow and forehead areas to create a more youthful, pleasing look.
Brow lifts are done in two ways, depending on your particular need — traditional surgical lifts or less invasive endoscopic surgery. The basic procedure is much the same in either case. The muscles above the eye area are surgically altered in order to smooth out the skin of the forehead, lift and raise the eyebrows, and give the skin on your upper face a smoother, firmer appearance that corrects lines and wrinkles and creates a more youthful look.
Full brow lift results fix several common aging concerns in that area of the face, including reducing horizontal forehead wrinkles and lines, smoothing vertical wrinkles knows as “elevens” that occur between the brows, improving the look of frown lines near or between the brows, raising a sagging brow line to correct hooded eyelids, and placing the brows themselves in a better position on the face.
The two methods of brow lifts differ slightly in the surgery itself. For traditional brow lifts, your plastic surgeon makes one long incision from the level of your ears and along the hairline. By cutting in such a way, visible scarring can be avoided. If you are having an endoscopic lift, the incision is different. In an endoscopic brow lift, several small incisions are made on the scalp. A scope — a small camera on the end of a very thin surgical tube – is inserted into one of the incisions and a different surgical tool is inserted into another. Your surgeon uses both tools to make the necessary changes to the muscles and skin. There is very little scarring from endoscopic brow lifts and recovery time is shorter overall.
Which kind of brow lift is best for you? That is something best determined by your professional plastic or cosmetic surgeon. When you come to Sadrian Plastic Surgery for a brow lift consultation, your surgeon will take different factors into consideration in order to figure out which option will give you the best results.
Some factors include what you are trying to correct and how much actual correction is needed. Combining a brow lift with other cosmetic surgery techniques might also be discussed; possible complementary procedures include a facelift or an eyelid tuck. Your personal health and history will also be part of the discussion to help find the procedure that gets you the best results in the safest and easiest way.
To learn more about brow lifts and other cosmetic procedures, call our La Jolla office today.