As a normal part of aging, the forehead relaxes and the eyebrows descend. As a result, the upper eyelids begin to rest on the eyelashes and the skin folds appear more prominent. A tired or stern look may be seen even when you’re in a good mood. Blepharoplasty can improve this by simple skin removal, but a brow lift may be a better solution in many cases.
What Happens During Brow Lift Surgery?
During a brow lift the forehead skin is freed up to allow it to be lifted vertically and the muscle which causes scowling is partially thinned out to soften the frown lines. Brow lift corrects the upper eyelid skin excess, brow wrinkles and the eyebrow position. Usually the result is a much happier expression in addition to a more rested appearance. The tissues can be freed up in such a manner as to allow a significant amount of elevation of the cheeks too, and for the late thirty to early forty-something patient this can mean a significantly younger appearance with virtually undetectable incisions.
Types of Brow Lift Surgery
Brow lifts can be performed via multiple different methods: via a hairline incision which does not elevate the hairline; the coronal approach which allows the incisions to be completely hidden in your hair; via Botox injections or via Laser treatment known as a Laser Brow Lift. Individual variations in anatomy, as well as goals, help guide the decision regarding which approach is best.
Traditional Brow Lift
A traditional brow lift utilizes an incision that goes across the scalp and is hidden in the hairline. The skin and underlying tissues are gently lifted, and excess skin is removed. Traditional brow lifts can significantly improve the appearance of your brows, improved positioning, and eliminate forehead wrinkles. However, traditional brow lifts aren’t without risks. Some of the most common risks include scarring, numbness at the incision line, and hair loss.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Using a tiny incision, a small camera ( an endoscope) is then inserted through the incision to visualize underlying structures. The benefits of having an endoscopic brow lift include shorter recovery times, less postoperative pain, and a reduced chance of infection and scarring.
Temporal Brow Lift
A temporal brow lift is different than a traditional or endoscopic lift. Temporal brow lifts are a good choice for patients with only minimal to moderate brow descent. Benefits of a temporal brow lift include shorter recovery times, less pain, and a lower chance of scarring or infection.
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