Posted May 18, 2021 in Brow Lift
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Time and the cares of life can make us look older than we feel. A lot of that aging happens in the upper third of the face. Targeting this area with a brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) can restore a youthful, energetic appearance with minimal downtime.
Why Choose a Brow Lift?
When people consider facial plastic surgery procedures to reverse the hands of the clock, most consider facelift surgery to address the lower two-thirds of the face or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to address the upper and lower eyelids.
While both surgeries are highly effective at treating age-related facial laxity, they are not suited for all areas of the face.
Most people experience age-related laxity on the top third of their faces (their brows and forehead). This laxity develops for several reasons, including genetics, collagen loss, and the gradual weakening of the tissues; however, it is also caused by repeated muscle movements.
Think about it, every time you squint your eyes, frown, or make a “surprised” expression, the muscles between your brows and across your forehead contract, forming wrinkles. And—after a while—those temporary lines become permanent.
While injectable solutions, like BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®, are appropriate for a while to smooth out the expression-causing lines, there will come a time when their temporary nature is no longer sufficient.
When this occurs, a brow lift is your best bet.
How Does Forehead and Brow Laxity Effect Youthfulness?
While the forehead and brow area covers a relatively small facial area, they can significantly impact how youthful and awake you look.
When you have deep-set horizontal lines across your forehead or sagging brows that are placing pressure on the upper eyelids, you tend to look tired, angry, stressed, and—simply—older than you are.
A forehead lift can fix that.
How Does a Brow Lift Work?
Brow lift surgery targets the forehead and the eyebrows.
This surgery can be performed in one of two ways, depending on your needs and degree of forehead laxity.
The Traditional Brow Lift Method
With traditional brow lift techniques, an incision is made across the top of the forehead at or just behind the hairline (for the easy concealment of the resulting scar). From here, the skin and underlying tissues are slightly tightened. By doing this, the sagging brows are also lifted, therefore eliminating excess pressure on the upper eyelids.
This allows for a smoother and more youthful appearance without looking over tight or unnatural.
The Endoscopic Brow Lift Method
The endoscopic brow lift aims to achieve the same results as the traditional brow lift; however, it requires smaller incisions.
Instead of one long incision across the hairline, the endoscopic technique makes several small incisions at or behind the hairline.
Using the assistance of an endoscope (a pencil-sized camera that can be inserted through the incisions to provide visualization), Dr. Messa can tighten the underlying facial tissues without having to open up the forehead completely.
While this technique is highly effective, it cannot trim excess skin, so if there is significant laxity, a traditional brow lift may be a better technique for you.
Interested in Learning More?
If you live in the Weston, Florida, area and want to learn more about the benefits of a brow lift, get in touch with the friendly team at the Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center.