As you age, the skin on your forehead could gradually sag. When this happens, wrinkles can develop around your eyes, which not only makes you look older but also makes you appear tired, worried, or sad. If you want to restore your youthful appearance, you can consider undergoing a brow lift.
What Is a Brow Lift?
Also called a forehead lift, a brow lift is a facial cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of excess or sagging skin on the forehead to make it smoother. The procedure also repositions the muscles and tissues underneath the skin to tighten the upper eyelids and minimize the appearance of crow’s feet. A brow lift also restores the natural arch of the eyebrows and corrects the furrows or transverse lines on the forehead and the frown lines between the eyebrows.
How Does a Brow Lift Differ From an Eyelid Lift?
If you have droopy upper eyelids, especially if they impair your vision, you may need to undergo an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty. An eyelid lift removes the excess skin and fat deposits around the eyelids to give your eyes a more awake and refreshed look. A physician can also perform this cosmetic procedure on the lower lids or both the upper and lower lids.
Top 5 Reasons to Consider a Brow Lift
A brow lift offers many benefits beyond rejuvenating your physical appearance. Below are the top five reasons you should consider getting a brow lift.
- Stress-free appearance
Sagging brows, wrinkles on your forehead, and creases between the eyebrows can make you look bored, exhausted, stressed out, or angry all the time even if you’re not. Undergoing brow lift surgery takes care of such skin concerns, making you look more relaxed, approachable, and youthful.
- Immediate, long-lasting results
A brow lift surgery delivers longer-lasting results compared to anti-aging treatments that take several sessions or skin products that you need to apply every day to see some changes.
- Minimal side effects
While the recovery period differs in every patient, it typically takes less than two weeks for post-surgery swelling and bruises on the cheeks and around the eyes to disappear. Scarring is also minimal, and growing hair can cover scars from coronal and temporal brow lifts.
- Improved vision
By lifting the brow and forehead areas, a brow lift opens up your eyes. Pulling back the skin not only removes wrinkles around the eye area but also eases the heavy feeling caused by the excess skin while helping you see more clearly.
- Confidence booster
Undergoing brow lift surgery provides many aesthetic benefits by eliminating wrinkles and creases on your forehead, correcting brow symmetry, or making your eyes look brighter and more alert. But the transformative results make you happier and boost your self-esteem.
How Is a Brow Lift Done?
Several brow lift techniques are available depending on the concerns they can address. In your consultation with your physician, you can discuss the results that you want to achieve, so your physician can identify which brow lift technique is the most appropriate. Here are some of the most common brow lift techniques that your physician can perform.
Coronal or Open Brow Lift
In a coronal brow lift, the physician makes an incision from ear to ear, around, or behind the hairline. This procedure is suitable for people who have small foreheads and would like to slightly lift their hairline.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
The physician makes short incisions on the scalp, then inserts an endoscope, which is a thin tube with a camera attached to it, into the incision. This way, the physician can view the muscles and tissues that need repositioning on a screen instead of in an open wound. Most cosmetic surgeons prefer this technique because it is less invasive compared to other brow lift procedures.
Temporal Brow Lift
The physician often performs the temporal brow lift or lateral brow lift technique with an eyelid lift to enlarge the eyes. In this technique, the physician makes slightly longer incisions compared to the endoscopic brow lift but doesn’t use an endoscope. Instead of the full brow area, the physician targets the outer one-third of the eyebrows.
Trichophytic Brow Lift
Ideal for people with high hairlines, this brow lift technique involves making an incision of about one and a half inches (four centimeters) long behind the hairline. The physician removes a portion of the skin on the forehead to lift the eyebrows and reduce wrinkles on the forehead.
What to Do After a Brow Lift Surgery?
The resulting improvements from a brow lift surgery can last for many years when a skilled, board-certified cosmetic surgeon does it. However, keep in mind that aging is a normal process. You need to adopt a few simple habits post-surgery to help slow down the signs of aging.
- Always apply sunscreen and avoid prolonged sun exposure
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages
- Avoid smoking
- Get the right amount of sleep
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Maintain a well-balanced diet