Are you sometimes surprised by what you see in the mirror? Do you look sad, grumpy, and weary even when you’re not? If forehead lines and sagging eyebrows are starting to creep up on your appearance, making you look older and more tired than you really are, a brow lift may be able to help. At Reflections Skin & Laser Center in Cartersville, GA, our lifts give patients natural results that are both youthful and beautiful.
What Is a Brow Lift?
This type of lift, which is also sometimes referred to as a forehead lift, is an outpatient treatment that can smooth over forehead wrinkles, bring sagging eyebrows back into their natural position, and combat other signs of aging in the upper face. Patients who have undergone this treatment enjoy a refreshed and more relaxed appearance. Patients sometimes opt to combine this type of lift with eyelid surgery or other cosmetic treatments, such as facials.
There are two primary types of brow lifts: endoscopic and classic.
Endoscopic lifts involve making several shorter incisions in the scalp behind the hairline. Your physician will use a scope, essentially a small camera on the end of a tiny tube, to help accomplish the cosmetic changes you are hoping for. Endoscopic lifts are a particularly good option for patients who don’t need a significant lift.
A classic lift involves a longer incision and is a more involved treatment. With this type of lift, an incision is made from ear to ear and across the top of the head behind the hairline. A strip of skin is often removed, which makes it possible for the remaining skin to be lifted and smoothed.
What Happens During a Brow Lift?
A forehead lift takes an hour or two to complete and involves the use of anesthesia. Incisions made behind the hairline will make it possible to remove excess fat and adjust tissue and muscle in the upper face. The aim is to tighten the upper face in a way that eases furrows and minimizes sagging skin. At the conclusion of the treatment, the incisions will be closed, the area will be cleansed, and your forehead will be bandaged.
How Much of a Recovery Is Involved?
Most patients plan to spend about a week recovering at home after this treatment. During this time, you’ll be advised to keep your head elevated and refrain from strenuous exercise. When you leave after your treatment, you’ll have specific instructions on how to care for your brow over the next few days.
What Advantages Are Associated With This Treatment?
A Permanent Solution
A forehead lift can resolve your concerns about your upper face permanently. Your face will continue to age and evolve, but the lifting and tightening associated with this treatment offer long-lasting results.
Helps Turn Back the Clock
This type of lift is a way of fighting back against signs of aging on the upper face. This treatment can lift your forehead and brows into a more natural position, ease the appearance of frown lines and creases, and tighten up sagging skin. It can leave you looking more energetic and youthful.
More Vibrant Eyes
The shape and position of the brow help frame the look of our eyes, one of our most important features. Many patients who have undergone this treatment are surprised to find that their eyes appear brighter and more pronounced.
What Other Options Do I Have for Upper Face Renewal?
Botulinum Toxin Injections
Botulinum toxin injections like Botox and Dysport are particularly effective at smoothing over fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. These injections are a simple and easy treatment that can be performed in our office, and most patients see their results within a couple of weeks. These injections freeze some of the underlying muscle activity that’s behind all of those facial expressions.
Botulinum toxin injections only last for several months, so they are a temporary solution. They also can’t tighten loose skin or lift an unnaturally low brow. But if you’re looking for a quick and non-invasive way to smooth over upper-face creases, botulinum toxin injections are a nice option.
Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are injectable treatments that, once in place, support the skin from beneath. These injectables restore fullness and volume to the face while also filling in creases and fine lines. Like botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers are a simple, in-office treatment that can be performed in less than an hour. Dermal fillers can non-invasively restore the youthful contours of the forehead, but they are a temporary solution.
A facelift is very similar to a forehead lift in that it tightens skin and smooths over lines and other signs of aging. The primary difference between the two is that while the facelift works to rejuvenate the entire face, a forehead lift specifically targets the upper face. Similarly, eyelid lifts and neck lifts hone in on those particular parts of the face.
Brow Lift Q&A
Will a Brow Lift Limit My Ability to Move My Forehead?
No. This type of lift will raise the skin on your upper face, but you’ll still be able to more your forehead normally afterward. Our goal is to give patients results that are both natural and subtle. That means your brows won’t be overly arched and you won’t have a permanently surprised look. Instead, you’ll have a more relaxed and rejuvenated appearance.
Does This Type of Lift Have to Raise My Brows?
No. Depending on your cosmetic concerns, a forehead lift does not have to raise the position of the brows. This treatment can be used to address other issues as well, including folds and bagginess around the eyes and the vertical wrinkles that sometimes develop between the brows, a condition that is also sometimes referred to as the “11s.” A brow lift can comprehensively improve the look of the upper face.
Take the First Step Toward a Rejuvenated Appearance
If you’re tired of being misunderstood because your brows are sending the wrong message, or if you simply want to smooth over early signs of aging in the upper face, a brow lift could be a great option.