The face is one of the first places to show the signs of aging that we would rather hide. Natural elements like the sun, wind and gravity can take their toll on the skin, causing laxity and the formation of facial creases. Those changes do more than make us look older – they can actually make us appear tired or angry, even when we are not feeling that way at all.
The forehead and eyebrows can be particularly problematic as they can begin to sag and droop over time. Creases can also appear on the forehead and between the eyebrows, giving us that perpetually angry or worried expression. Fortunately, there are effective cosmetic treatments to reverse those aging signs and rejuvenate your appearance. One of the most effective procedures for this purpose is the brow lift or forehead lift. .
A brow lift can restore the upper area of the face, giving you a younger, more relaxed appearance. Brow lifts aim to minimize wrinkles and frown lines in the forehead and correct sagging brows that can droop over the eyelids, making you appear refreshed and more alert. This procedure may be done alone or in conjunction with another other plastic surgery procedures, including eyelid surgery, a facelift, skin resurfacing or injectable treatments, to further enhance your results.
Brow Lift Approaches
A brow lift may be performed one of two ways at Aesthetic Specialty Centre:
Endoscopic Brow Lift – An innovative technique that uses a special surgical video device placed through small incisions along the hairline that allow the surgeon to see the surgical area. The procedure may be performed with the same accuracy and precision as the traditional brow lift, but with less discomfort and downtime for the patient.
Coronal Brow Lift – Also known as the traditional brow lift technique, this procedure involves an incision that extends from ear to ear across the scalp along the hairline. This allows the surgeon to remove excess skin and tissue while re-positioning the muscles underneath for a natural result. Although this technique involves a longer recovery period, it may still be the recommended procedure for some patients to ensure the best possible results.
Brow Lift Surgery
A brow lift is typically performed on an outpatient basis, using either IV sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. No matter which technique is used for your procedure, incisions will be carefully placed to ensure visible scarring after surgery is kept to a minimum. Most incisions will be made along the hairline or in the natural creases of the face, where they will be safely hidden.
During a brow lift, excess skin and tissue will be removed from the area and the underlying facial structure will be re-positioned to create a natural result. Skin will be smoothed over the forehead before it is sutured back in place. Sutures will be extremely small, again to minimize the appearance of any post-procedural scarring.
Brow Lift Recovery
After a brow lift, the forehead is taped and wrapped to limit swelling and discomfort. Bruising and swelling may continue for around 10 days after surgery and can be minimized with cold compresses. Sutures may be removed approximately 7-10 days after the procedure. The specific amount of time needed to recover from a brow lift will vary, based on the specific procedure you have. Longer incisions tend to take longer to heal.
Once the surgical area has healed fully, you will notice your brow area is smoother and firmer, with fewer facial creases than before. The results of a brow lift can last many years, particularly if you take good care of your skin and protect it from the sun after your procedure. If the effects of gravity take their toll once again over time, additional procedures may be recommended to help you maintain your positive results.
A brow lift can significantly turn back the clock on your appearance, refreshing and rejuvenating your look. To learn more about brow lifts, contact Aesthetic Specialty Centre Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Roswell at (770) 393-9000 or in Greensboro at (706) 467-6500.