The eyes are one of the most expressive features of the face, and the position of the brow can impact the appearance of our eyes. As the brow descends, it can create heaviness and a tired, hooded look. Often, we compensate for this by elevating our brows, so we don’t always realize that the brows are contributing to the tired or aging appearance of our upper face. Many people feel as if their drooping brows, forehead lines, and furrows between the brows make them appear tired, angry, or sad. Injectables may be able to soften lines and furrows, but they do not significantly impact the position of the brows. Facial lines and creases are not only an issue for men and women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s; patients in their 30s may notice heaviness of their eyebrows making them look older, which may negatively affect their overall confidence.
Brow lift surgery can help reverse these signs of aging and give you a more alert and youthful facial appearance. Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker offers a variety of incision options and brow lift techniques to customize the procedure to suit each patient’s individual goals and problem areas.
A Brow Lift Can Correct
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- “Hooding” skin in the upper eyelids
- Sagging eyebrows
Typically, brow lift surgery is performed under intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker specializes in brow lift surgery with local anesthesia and relaxation. Patients may experience a shorter recovery while still being relaxed during the surgical process.
For a brow lift, incisions can be camouflaged in the hairline along the temples to address the tail of the brow, which is where the brow typically drops. If correction of the full forehead is desired, incisions can be camouflaged in the hair above the forehead, the frown muscles weakened, and excess skin excised. Limited incision forehead lifts may also be an option to elevate the brow and forehead.
Other “Lift” Options
Every patient has a different facial structure and may have a different severity of facial aging changes in different areas of the face. If there is also excess skin of the upper eyelids, a brow lift may be combined with upper eyelid surgery to optimize the appearance of the eyes. If there are aging changes in the lower face, you may be a candidate for a “no-incision” laser lift, nonsurgical options such as injectables, radiofrequency, and ultrasound procedures, or a surgical procedure. Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker will evaluate your face and help you decide on the best method to improve your facial balance and harmony.
Patients will experience some bruising and swelling after surgery. Incisions are typically closed with dissolvable sutures. It is important to keep the head elevated and to avoid strenuous physical activity for two weeks. Bruising and swelling resolves in the first few weeks, and most patients return to work in about one week.
You will notice immediate results that will continue to improve during the healing process. As swelling dissipates, you will be able to see your full results. Your new brow position helps restore a youthful appearance to the upper face, reduces a tired, worried, or angry appearance, and highlights one of your most expressive features by giving a more open appearance to the eyes.
If you are interested in brow lift surgery, Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker can provide you with all the information you need. You can schedule your consultation by calling 678-888-3223 (FACE) or by filling out our online contact form.