There is a lot more to you than meets the eye, but it is nice if your outward appearance accurately reflects your inner self. Unfortunately, aging can alter your appearance and make you look less like yourself. Often, as people age they notice wrinkles and frown lines on the forehead and near the eyebrow.
These changes can make you look tired, angry, sad, or stressed, even when you don’t feel that way. A brow lift can help restore your appearance so that it reflects your real emotions. Here’s what you should know.
What does a brow lift do?
A brow lift (also called browplasty) is a procedure that is used to correct sagging in the forehead, eyebrows, or upper eyelids. It can be done as a standalone procedure, but it is frequently combined with a rhytidectomy (facelift) or rhinoplasty.
What techniques are used?
There are two main techniques used when a patient chooses a brow lift: the classic lift and the endoscopic lift.
The classic lift involves a continuous cut that is made going from the ears and up around the hairline. The endoscopic lift uses smaller cuts and then a scope is inserted to make changes. Endoscopic lifts are less invasive, have less scarring, and require less recovery time, which makes them the more popular option. Patients with serious drooping in the brows and forehead may still need to undergo the classic lift.
Who can benefit from a brow lift?
A brow lift is primarily beneficial to those who feel like wrinkles and drooping skin have damaged their appearance. Some people feel like the changes brought by aging make them look too sad, angry, or stressed. Others just want to look younger. This procedure can also benefit those who have excess skin or fatty tissue drooping over the eyes. The excess skin in this area can interfere with vision, so a brow lift can improve eyesight of these patients.
What should you expect?
The procedure will take approximately 1-2 hours and anesthesia or sedation will be used to prevent pain. The patient will usually experience some swelling and bruising for 10-12 days after the procedure, but your surgeon can give you advice about speeding up the healing process. When the face has healed, patients will look younger, happier, and less stressed out. If you’d like to learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation at The Cleft & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center.