Fight Gravity With a Brow Lift

When it comes to aging, gravity is not your friend. As time passes, gravity pushes down on the skin and fat of our faces, leading to sagging and drooping. Age partners with gravity by contributing to the depletion of essential collagen. Elastin breaks down over time, leaving the skin weakened and inelastic. The forehead seems to take on a lot of the pressures of gravity and aging, as horizontal creases form and skin begins to sag. Some prospective patients find that the signs of aging make them look tired, sad, or even angry. The good news is that you can fight the effects of gravity with a brow lift procedure.

Who Is Eligible for a Brow Lift?

Typically, the patients seeking a brow lift or forehead lift range in age from 40 to 60 years old. Of course, some patients may wait longer and other patients may not be able to wait as long as they’d like. Heredity can play a large role in the rate at which you will find yourself fighting off the aging process, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you don’t fit into this age bracket. There is no magic age where brow lift procedures can or must be performed.

Aging and gravity have a profound effect on your brows and forehead. Once you have begun to develop deep furrows or frown lines between your eyebrows, stress and/or muscle activity have already taken effect. If you have inherited a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above your nose, aging will only make these symptoms worse with time. When the appearance of the upper portion of your face has been affected by time and gravity, a brow lift can do much to restore your youthfulness, your self-confidence, and your natural looks.

All candidates for plastic surgery should be in good physical health and not smoke. You should have a reasonable understanding of the procedure you are choosing and also have a clear and realistic expectation of your post-surgical results. A plastic surgeon well-versed in brow lift procedures can offer you the best guidance as to whether a brow lift procedure is truly the right option for you.

What Does a Brow Lift Include?

When you consult with a plastic surgeon about the brow lift surgery, he will explain the two major approaches taken to this procedure: the classic forehead lift and the endoscopic brow lift. Both surgeries are designed to accomplish the same main goal through varying measures. Whichever procedure you and your doctor plan for, you will need to take measures to ensure your hair is not in the way of the incisions. Trimming or shaving may be required in specific areas, as requested by your surgeon. Then, your procedure will continue in one of two ways.

The classic forehead lift most often begins with a coronal incision, which follows a headphone-like pattern from ear level across the top of the forehead to the top of the other ear. Your incisions will always be made in hidden areas, usually behind the hairline, to keep the scar as inconspicuous as possible. Special measures will be taken for patients with receding hairlines or bald scalps, as determined by your surgeon. Next, the forehead will be carefully lifted to expose the underlying tissue. This tissue can be removed and the muscles of the forehead can be manipulated as needed to achieve the desired results. Your surgeon may also elevate your eyebrows if necessary before trimming away any excess skin and suturing the incisions.

An endoscopic brow lift instead uses only three to five short scalp incisions about an inch in length. An endoscope, or pencil-like camera connected to a television monitor, is inserted through these incisions to give the surgeon a clear view beneath the patient’s skin. Other instruments are then inserted through the other incisions and used to lift the skin and muscles to alter the underlying tissues as needed. Again, the eyebrows may be lifted into a higher position using sutures or temporary fixation screws.

How Do I Get Started With a Brow Lift?

If a brow lift sounds like the solution you’ve been searching for, it’s time to contact a plastic surgeon who can help you take years off your appearance.

Frederick G. Weniger, M.D., F.A.C.S. offers his patients years of experience and expertise during one-on-one consultations regarding the surgeries and nonsurgical treatments available at their practice. Dr. Weniger is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He believes good information lies at the heart of success in all of his surgeries and interactions with his patients.

To schedule a consultation for any aesthetic surface or other procedures, contact the office of Weniger Plastic Surgery today at (843) 757-0123. They are located at 350 Fording Island Road, Suite 200, in Bluffton, SC.