The face usually portrays the first visible signs of aging. Gravity and changes in eyebrow shape and position as well as the development of frown lines in the forehead results in an old and aged look. They are looking for ways to refresh and rejuvenate their appearance. There are many different variations of the Brow Lift or Forehead Lift procedure that improve the position and shape of the eyebrow and forehead areas. Elevating the brow removes the heavy, tired and weary look and erases frown lines in the forehead. Ultimately, the Brow Lift will allow you to turn back the hands of time to better reflect your youthful spirit.
Most people age first around the eyes and brows. Reversing the signs of aging may start here before the need for facelift surgery or may be done in conjunction with a facelift. Although brow lifts have been performed for many years, recent advancements in the field of plastic surgery have developed new ways of performing these procedures that lead to more longer-lasting results.
Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for lift:
- sagging or low position of the eyebrows, creating a tired or sad appearance
- deep horizontal creases across the forehead)
- frown lines, or furrows, between the eyebrows and sometimes across the top of the nose
- crow’s feet
Today, two principle methods exist to lift the brows: an open “traditional” brow lift and an endoscopic brow lift. The surgical technique recommended by your surgeon will depend on the position of your brows, the degree of forehead skin excess, the depth of the forehead wrinkles and the position of your hairline.
In the open “traditional” method for brow lift, an incision is made across the top of the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden within the hair. For patients with altered hairlines due to hair loss, incisions can be made immediately in front of the hairline. In both cases, the incisions are designed to be inconspicuous when completely healed. The incision allows the surgeon to partially remove or alter muscles that cause unwanted frown lines, re-drape and remove excess forehead skin, smoothing the forehead, and elevate the brows into a more aesthetically appealing position.
Dr. Wilson rarely uses this long large incision. Using the endoscopic technique for brow lift, five short incisions are made in select positions on the scalp. An endoscope (a pencil thin telescope with a camera attached to one end) is inserted into one incision and displays images on a television monitor. The surgeon then uses specially designed instruments to access the underlying forehead muscles and underlying structures through the other incision sites. The muscles and tissues are altered and the brows are then repositioned and secured through a variety of permanent or dissolving anchoring mechanisms. The skin incisions are then closed. Smaller and far less noticeable incisions with wonderful results.
When the muscles that create the wrinkles are disrupted and the brow elevated to its youthful position the results are astonishing.
Recover is typically easy with patients only complaining of a slight headache. Bruising may be present around eyes for a week and some swelling for up to two weeks.