Has an aging brow left you with an uncharacteristically angry or sad expression? Are your eyebrows sagging excessively, or are they out of alignment? If you’ve tried moisturizers, serums, and other over-the-counter remedies, but haven’t gotten the results you’d like, it may be time to give a brow lift a try. This treatment can soften forehead wrinkles, reposition the eyebrows, and give you a more relaxed, rested appearance. It’s one of the many cosmetic services offered by Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL.
What’s Behind Your Aging Forehead
As we age, collagen levels in the body begin to decline and the skin starts to sag and become looser. The facial expressions that we make all the time, including frowning, laughing, and squinting, begin to wear on the muscles and fine lines and creases start to develop.
Meanwhile, the constant pull of gravity begins to take its toll. All of those factors can add up to an aging forehead. Horizontal lines may develop across the forehead and furrows may form between the brows. In some patients, the upper face begins to sag to the point that the eyebrows droop or lose their symmetry.
Can I Do Anything to Prevent This From Happening?
Daily use of a high-quality facial moisturizer is a great way to keep your skin healthy enough to fight the early signs of aging. Drinking plenty of water and refraining from smoking is also a good way to keep the skin healthy and elastic. So is staying out of the sun.
However, genetics, air pollution, sun exposure, and the natural aging process all come into play, and for most of us, it’s impossible to completely avoid signs of aging in the face.
How Can a Simple Brow Lift Help?
When it comes to balancing and rejuvenating your face, a brow lift, which is also sometimes referred to as a forehead lift, can offer amazing benefits. Some patients who have undergone this treatment even describe it as life-changing. Here’s how a brow lift can improve your life:
You’ll Look More Youthful and Energetic
This treatment smooths away wrinkles on the forehead and tightens up skin that has begun to sag. It may not completely get rid of your crow’s feet, but it will ease their appearance. A lift can also bring eyebrows that have begun to droop back into position. Overall, this treatment can dramatically noticeably improve your appearance, leaving you looking more rested, relaxed, and more youthful.
Although much of the focus of this type of lift is in the forehead, it can also improve the appearance of your eyes and give you a more youthful look. Because a brow lift can reshape and reposition the eyebrows, you may find that your eyes are better framed. This type of lift can also result in a tightening up of heavy skin in the eye and eyelid area, restoring a fresher and more alert look to the upper face.
For some patients–particularly those who struggle with low-set eyebrows–this type of lift can open up their line of vision and make it easier to see. That’s because the tops of the brows are no longer obstructing the upper part of a patient’s eye.
Do friends and family sometimes ask you if you’re tired or sad? Are you sometimes perceived as being frustrated or angry when you’re not? Those are all signs that the creases and sagging in your brow area are sending signals about your state-of-mind that may not be accurate.
The eye area plays a powerful role in facial expressions and non-verbal communication. When this part of the face is sagging, it can begin to affect your interactions with others in ways you aren’t even aware of. It can also make you seem less approachable.
Improved Self Confidence
You’ll be amazed at how much more confident you’ll feel after undergoing this treatment. You’ll not only look younger, but you’ll feel younger. And you won’t have to rely on makeup, large sunglasses, and hats to hide the signs of aging in your upper face.
What Happens During a Lift Treatment?
These lifts are performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. There are several different approaches to lift incisions. For many patients, a series of incisions made just behind the hairline is all that is needed. In some cases, a longer incision is made from ear-to-ear, across the head, and behind the hairline.
Once the incision or the series of incisions is made, excess fat is removed. The underlying tissue and muscle in the upper face are also adjusted in a way that eases creases and furrows and tightens up sagging skin. Most lifts take about an hour or two to complete.
Customized to Your Needs
These treatments don’t follow a one-size-fits-all approach. Each treatment can be customized to meet a patient’s individual concerns and needs. Some patients really want to focus on achieving a smoother forehead, while others are concerned about droopy eyebrows that appear misaligned. A lift also is sometimes paired with other facial treatments, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery, to best achieve a patient’s cosmetic goals.
What Will My Recovery Involve?
During your recovery period, your forehead may be loosely wrapped or taped to facilitate your recovery. You’ll want to keep your head elevated and refrain from vigorous physical activity for a period of time. You’ll leave our practice with specific post-treatment instructions, including medications to take and directions on how best to care for your brow area as it heals. Most of our patients spend a few days resting and then return to work in a week or two.
How Long Will My Results Last?
This type of lift offers long-term results. Your body will continue to age over time, so the appearance of your face will continue to evolve. A lift treatment won’t freeze your face in place and prevent it from aging, but it will offer you results that will last for years.
Will I Have Scarring?
Because most lifts involve a series of small incisions, and because incisions are most often behind the hairline, scarring is not usually a problem for patients. Following our post-treatment recommendations — such as avoiding rigorous activity for a period of time and sleeping upright to keep the head elevated — can also ensure you get the best possible outcome.
What Other Treatment Options Do I Have for My Upper Face?
If you are generally concerned about signs of aging in the upper part of your face, several treatments may be able to help. Choosing the right approach to treatment often comes down to what your specific concerns are and how permanent of a solution you want. Here’s how a forehead lift compares with two other popular upper-face anti-aging treatments: botulinum toxin injections and eyelid surgery.
Botulinum Toxin Injections
Botulinum toxin injections are a nice option if you’re looking to smooth creases and wrinkles on your upper face. These injections are especially effective on crow’s feet: the creases that form at the outer corners of the eyes.
Botulinum toxin injections, which can be performed in under an hour and require no downtime, essentially freeze the facial muscles in the area of concern, preventing them from fully contracting and causing the lines. Botulinum injections are effective and convenient, but they’re a temporary solution. Most wear off in a period of months. These injections also don’t help with sagging, drooping skin.
Eyelid surgery, also referred to as an eye lift, is a treatment that can tighten up puffy, drooping eyelids. This type of treatment, which can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid — or both — can also be used to correct the bags and bulges that can sometimes develop around the eyes.
This treatment is similar to a forehead lift in that it involves anesthesia, but it focuses on the eye area beneath the brow. It offers the same type of long-term results that a brow lift offers.
How Does It Compare to a FaceLift?
A facelift — like a forehead lift — involves anesthesia, incisions, and a period of recovery. The purpose of a facelift is similar in that it also works to tighten sagging skin, smooth creases, and rejuvenate the patient’s appearance. The difference is the area of focus.
While a forehead lift really hones in on the forehead area, a facelift is more focused on the lower part of the face. It’s not uncommon for patients to combine the two treatments. A separate type of lift treatment — a neck lift — addresses the signs of aging in the area between the chin and the collar bone.
Is This Type of Lift for Me?
If you’re interested in learning more about this type of lift and determining if it’s right for you, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pedro M. Soler, our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. A graduate of Creighton University Medical School, he also completed specialized studies in plastic and reconstructive surgery at USF Medical School.
He also received a fellowship in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery. Dr. Soler will talk with you about your medical history and your cosmetic concerns and help determine if this treatment is the best option for you. There are several factors that can help determine if you are an especially good candidate for a forehead lift.
Good General Health
Patients who are in good overall health, are physically fit, and who don’t smoke make especially good forehead lift patients. It also helps if you don’t have a history of major eye problems.
Your Vision Is Impaired
Most patients seek out this type of lift for cosmetic reasons. They’re usually dissatisfied with wrinkles, sagging skin, and other general signs of aging in the upper face. But for patients with a deeply sagging brow, the resulting vision impediment can be a significant problem. If you’re struggling to see clearly because of a sagging brow, a lift may be a good solution.
You’re Frequently Asked if You’re Tired
If your upper face is sagging and showing signs of age, and you’re often perceived to be sad, grumpy, or angry when you’re really not, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to think about this type of lift. That means your face is sending signals that you didn’t intend to send.
Get Ready to Change Your Life
Patients who have undergone this treatment often wonder why they waited so long to schedule it. A simple brow lift can change your life by making you look younger and more vibrant and improving your ability to communicate through facial expressions. It can even help some patients see better. Don’t wait any longer. Call Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, and schedule a brow lift consultation today.