The upper portion of the face plays an important role in conveying emotion and expressions to others. If the forces of gravity have caused your forehead to sag as part of the aging process, you might find that you are giving off unintended signals to others. If you find that friends and family often comment that you seem tired or angry (even if you do not feel like it), it may be due to forehead laxity. This can have a significant impact on the way people perceive you.
Fortunately, a brow lift is one of the best ways to rejuvenate the upper face with surgical techniques. This procedure, also referred to as a forehead lift, will lift and smooth the forehead region, eliminating the tired or angry appearance commonly caused by the aging process.
A brow lift can have a dramatic impact on your appearance. Some of the benefits include:
- Reduction of deep furrows
- Softening or elimination of horizontal lines
- Improvement in the position and shape of the eyebrows, creating a youthful arch to the brow
- Reduction in the appearance of frown lines
In addition to these aesthetic improvements, you may also experience emotional benefits like a boost in self-confidence. By reducing the sagging and aged appearance of your brow, you can make a better impression in your personal and professional lives.
In general, most brow lift candidates are men and women between the ages of 40 and 70 who would like to achieve effective upper facial rejuvenation. You should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. If you are a smoker, you must be willing to quit prior to your procedure and throughout the recovery since smoking can adversely impact healing. During a consultation with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir, we can determine whether you can benefit from a brow lift or should opt for non-surgical solutions like Botox® instead.
Your plastic surgeon will customize your brow lift procedure based on your unique facial features, signs of aging, and aesthetic goals. In some instances, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir may recommend eyelid surgery in conjunction with a brow lift to open and rejuvenate the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can also be performed at the same time as a facelift. There are generally two types of brow lift that can be performed based on your goals and anatomy.
This technique uses a few small incisions (each less than an inch long) which are hidden behind the hairline. A camera is then used to assist with the release and elevation of the forehead. The endoscopic technique offers the benefits of reduced scarring and recovery time.
This technique utilizes an incision behind the hairline that is well concealed, even when swimming or in windy conditions. Forehead skin is then removed to smooth out any furrows or wrinkles, similar to the facelift. This can require longer downtime but produces more extensive results.
The recovery process after a brow lift is relatively minor. Most patients experience very little pain following their procedure. There may be some mild swelling and bruising that may last a few days, but most patients are able to resume normal activities within a week. It is important to keep your head elevated while sleeping and take prescribed medications according to your plastic surgeon’s instructions.
The brow lift is one of the most effective ways to rejuvenate the upper face with comprehensive surgical techniques. To meet with our plastic surgeons who have over 20 years of experience in performing facial plastic surgery, contact our Phoenix office by calling or filling out our online form.