19 Feb Everything You Need to Know about Brow Lifts
Today’s esthetic ideal is all about brows, and it makes sense—they frame the face and can help us look put together and younger depending on their shape and density. Dr. Sudeep Roy at RefinedMD helps patients take their “brow game” a step further with a brow lift that offers long-lasting results. Brow lifts are sometimes called a forehead lift, and rejuvenate the brow area to help you look younger, fresher, and happier. When skin is sagging on the forehead and muscles that lift the brow become weak with age, your brow can look heavy, saggy, and you might even notice furrows between the brows that even Botox can’t fix.
As we get older, the forehead can affect our facial expressions. Heavy foreheads can make us look mad, worried, and always tired. Worse, some people have a genetic predisposition towards a heavy brow, which means even someone in their 20s or 30s can struggle with this common issue. With a brow lift, you can achieve an organic-looking refreshed look that helps you seem more approachable. Eyes are brighter after a brow lift, too, which is a big boost to your self-esteem.
The Right Brow Lift Surgeon Makes all the Difference
Any cosmetic surgery on the face demands a highly skilled surgeon who’s an expert on facial anatomy. Dr. Roy is committed to fine esthetic details and customizes every brow lift based on the patient’s unique features and goals. Surgical techniques should be personalized to achieve one of a kind goals, and that’s exactly what you get with board certified facial surgeon Dr. Roy.
Before and after photos give you an idea of what you can expect, and you should also ask about key experience and training in brow lifts during your consultation. Your surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, as these surgeons have received fellowship training in a variety of plastic surgeries—including brow lifts.
Selecting a Brow Lift Procedure
There are three types of brow lifts available. The endoscopic brow lift has become increasingly popular because it’s less invasive and offers customizable results. This procedure requires a number of tiny incisions (less than one inch) hidden in the hairline. An endoscopic, tiny camera is then used along with small instruments to move the facial muscles while lifting the tissue. Extra tissue and fat are removed so you have a smooth forehead and natural-looking lifted brow.
The temporal brow lift is sometimes called a limited incision brow lift. These incisions are a little longer (about one inch) and are made above the temples, still hidden in the hairline. Temporal brow lifts are most commonly paired with an eyelid lift. Dr. Roy then lifts and manipulates the tissue in the outer brow area. Frown lines are erased as excess skin is removed.
A classic brow lift, or coronal brow lift, is rarely used anymore. It’s the traditional brow lift that is very invasive, but sometimes necessary in severe cases. This lift requires a single, long incision from ear to ear. Next, any extra skin, fat, or tissue is removed as the eyebrow muscles are repositioned. It’s rare today that a patient would require this type of brow lift to get the results they want.
Recovery from a Brow Lift
All brow lift surgeries are outpatient, and the length of the recovery depends on the patient and the type of brow lift. Very little pain follows a brow lift, though swelling and bruising may occur for a couple of weeks after surgery. Someone who only has a brow lift and no other surgery can shower a day or two after the procedure, and usually returns to work one week after surgery (for sedentary workers). After 1 – 2 weeks, you can usually resume driving and after 2 – 4 weeks exercise can be resumed.
Every surgery is unique because every patient is unique. It’s common to think you might need an eyelid lift, when in actuality a brow lift or combination brow lift and eyelid lift is the right approach for your goals. Find out more about the facial plastic surgery options available at RefinedMD, and call Dr. Sudeep Roy at (408) 688-2082 to schedule your consultation today.