Drooping and sagging are just part of the aging process. As you get older, the skin in the forehead and eyebrow area becomes looser and less elastic, leading to lines, wrinkles and sagging. A droopy forehead or a lot of lines in the forehead area not only makes you look older. They can also make you look tired, sad or angry. Don't let your face convey emotions you aren't really feeling.
A brow lift is designed to treat signs of the aging in the forehead area, creating a smoother, tighter look. Unlike a facelift, which focuses on the lower portion of your face, the brow lift treats the upper part of the face. Like a facelift, though, there are a few options when it comes to brow lift surgery. Which one is right for you depends on the extent of aging on your face and what you hope to get from the procedure.
Traditional Brow Lift
A traditional brow lift, sometimes called a coronal brow lift, involves making a long incision across the top of the head, from one temple to the other. During a traditional procedure, the skin is lifted away from the forehead area. Extra skin is trimmed away, as is any extra muscle tissue. If you have excess fat in the brow area, the surgeon may also remove that during a traditional brow lift.
The surgery is finished by stitching the incision closed. After the extra skin, muscle and fat are gone, the forehead should look smooth and the brows lifted.
Typically, a traditional brow lift is best suited for people with more advanced signs of aging in the forehead area. If you have a very droopy brow or a significant number of lines on the forehead, the traditional procedure may be right for you. Although the incision made during the traditional surgery is long, it can often be covered up by your hair. Depending where its located, on option might be to grow out bangs to cover it up.
The endoscopic brow lift is a slightly more advanced version of the surgery which is often ideal for people who are just starting to have signs of aging in the forehead or brow area. The procedure involves the use of an endoscope, or small camera. The scope is threaded into the brow area through a series of small incisions, often made near the hairline.
During an endoscopic brow lift, the scope helps guide the surgeon as he trims away extra skin and muscle. The surgeon is able to see beneath the surface of the forehead and make adjustments that help reduce lines, wrinkles and droopiness. Often, an endoscopic procedure is best suited for patients who don't have a significant amount of aging or sagging in the forehead area.
There are a few benefits to the endoscopic procedure compared to the traditional procedure. For one thing, the recovery time is often shorter, since the technique is less involved and the incisions are considerably smaller. Scars are also less noticeable after an endoscopic surgery.
When it comes to a brow lift, you aren't limited to just a traditional procedure or an endoscopic procedure. Depending on the extent of aging on your face or in the forehead area, a combined traditional and endoscopic procedure might be most appropriate. You may also benefit from combining either type of brow lift with a facelift.
Combining a brow lift and a facelift will create balance on your face, as it will tackle the signs of aging on both the upper and lower portions of the face. Another option is combine brow lift with eyelid surgery. You might consider doing so if your eyes look droopy or tired, too.
After the Surgery
You might need up to two weeks for recovery after your brow lift. Usually, you'll have some swelling and bruising in the area, but that will fade in time. Sitting upright, with your head elevated, and applying ice or a cold compress to the area will help with the swelling considerably. Your surgeon will usually let you know when you should go back to the office to have any sutures taken out. He will also let you know when it's fine to go back to work and when it's okay to start up exercising or other activities once again.
No matter which type of brow lift you end up choosing, finding a trained, skilled surgeon is a must. In Boca Raton, Florida, that surgeon is Dr. Nathan Nachlas. Dr. Nachlas is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who's been in practice since 1987. He can help you determine which brow lift procedure is best for you and whether or not you'd benefit from combining the surgery with another procedure.
For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 561-939-0909.