Aging brings about many advantages and benefits, but not when it comes to our skin. As we age, our faces show the effects of time as skin loses elasticity. Wrinkles form along the forehead and brows sag, making the upper eyelids appear saggy as well and contributing to an overall tired look. If you’re interested in achieving a more youthful, alert look to your face, then a brow lift may be right for you.
Also called a forehead lift, a brow lift removes or alters the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines and raise eyebrows for a more youthful appearance. Patients typically range between the ages of 40 and 60 as they start seeing the effects of time on their faces. Ideal candidates are in good health and have horizontal lines across their forehead, vertical “11” lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes and a general sagging of their brows, which makes them look tired or angry.
There are a couple ways to perform a brow lift, but Dr. Price most often performs an endoscopic brow lift rather than a coronal lift. A coronal brow lift is a traditional brow lift that consists of one long incision from ear to ear across the top of the head, hidden within the hairline. The forehead skin is lifted away from the head as underlying muscles are trimmed and repositioned as necessary. Eyebrows may be lifted as well, before excess skin is trimmed. The skin is re-draped and the long incision is then closed.
An endoscopic brow lift consists of making 3-5 short incisions within the hairline. An endoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a camera on the end, is inserted through one of the incisions to provide an excellent view of the areas that need to be addressed. Microsurgical tools are inserted through the other incisions to manipulate the skin and muscles to tighten and lift. The small incisions are then closed, resulting in minimal scarring and shorter recovery time than traditional coronal brow lift surgery.
What’s great about a brow lift is that it can be combined with a number of procedures, including a face lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) and skin rejuvenation to achieve the results you desire. To learn more about a brow lift and other ways to achieve a more youthful look, call (203) 453-6635 for a consultation today.