What is a Brow Lift?
As we get older, our skin begins to lose elasticity which may cause a “drooping” effect in a variety of areas on the face. In addition to the eyelids, the brow can also cause some drooping over the eyes. Sometimes if an eyelid lift isn’t sufficient, the source of the drooping may actually be originating from the brow. A brow lift consists of repositioning the skin and soft tissues to a higher and firmer position. This can help open up the eye area while also eliminating some wrinkles that may have resulted from the presence of skin laxity.
Who is a Candidate for a Brow Lift?
The best candidates for brow lifts are patients that have a certain degree of skin laxity in the upper face. A brow lift may be especially helpful if you feel that the drooping of your brow is contributing to the drooping of the excess skin on your eyelids.
You may consider a brow lift if the tail end of your brow sags downwards, giving a sad expression to the face, you have deep horizontal creases across your forehead and deep furrow lines between the brows, or you have excess skin or fatty tissue hanging over your eyes.
There are different techniques for a brow lift, including:
Endoscopic brow lift – In most cases, a brow lift is performed with a minimally invasive endoscopic technique. In doing so, small incisions and an endoscope are used to loosen the forehead and brow tissues and to elevate them into a more youthful and natural position.
Open brow lift – Open brow lift involves an incision placed in front of your hairline. This is a good technique for patients with long forehead who desire a reduction in the height of the forehead.
In your pre-operative consultation, Dr. Fichadia will evaluate your specific concerns, while also taking your unique hairline and style preference into account when making the decision of what technique to use. She will then recommend an incision technique that will cause the least noticeable scar with the best cosmetic improvement.
Results & Recovery
The extent of your procedure will have an effect on the recovery time and necessary aftercare. Before and after your procedure, Dr. Fichadia will discuss the aftercare and recovery involved. Immediately after surgery, your forehead and brow will likely be tender and have a feeling of tightness. The potential bruising swelling and sensitivity should resolve over the following week; however, the tightness could take a longer period of time to resolve or get used to.
In general, brow lift results are long-lasting. The longevity of your results has much more to do with how you maintain your health and good habits throughout the years after your procedure. If you are interested in learning more about a brow lift procedure, contact Dr. Fichadia’s office today to schedule a consultation.