A brow lift can do several things, including
– lift your eyebrow position
– make the forehead muscles less prominent
– make your forehead skin tighter
You’re a candidate for a brow lift if your eyebrow is at or below the upper bony rim of your eye. In women, eyebrows are usually at or above the bony rim. As you age, the eyebrow may fall below this rim, giving you a tired or unintentionally angry look. In men, if the eyebrow is below the bony rim, then they may look tired or angry as well.
A brow lift can be done via an open, limited incision, or endoscopic approach. To move both eyebrows up, in a vertical direction, you will need either an incision all the way across the forehead, which is the open approach, or 3-5 tiny incisions behind your hairline, which is the endoscopic approach. The limited incision approach, which is a shorter incision, is usually done when the sides of the eyebrows need to be lifted. This small incision is also behind the hairline.
While doing a brow lift, you can also choose to have your forehead muscles surgically weakened. This is sort of the surgical way of achieving what Botox does. If you have your forehead muscles weakened, then your forehead lines or furrows will be weaker, and the forehead wrinkles will be less visible.
If you have any loose forehead skin, then a brow lift will tighten your forehead skin. This is more effective with an open approach or limited incision approach, as opposed to the endosopic approach.
A brow lift is often used in combination with an eyelid lift, because many patients have a low eyebrow position and loose skin of the upper eyelid. During your operation, the brow lift is done first, which lifts your eyebrow position and slightly tightens your upper eyelid skin. After that, the eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is done.
Some patient may have naturally low eyebrows, these patients may be happy with their overall appearance, or they may wish to undergo a brow lift at a relatively young age.
A brow lift is usually an out-patient procedure, and takes 1-2 weeks to recover, depending on your body’s healing ability and how much surgery you undergo. Roy Kim, MD can perform your procedure in a surgery center or a hospital in San Francisco, CA.
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