If your forehead contains too many wrinkles and your eyebrows are sagging, a brow lift can take years off your appearance. Dr. Lloyd Landsman discusses this procedure, also known as a forehead lift, and how it rejuvenates the look of the forehead, brows, and eyes.
Brow Lift Candidates
According to the adage, the eyes mirror the soul. While you may still feel youthful and vibrant inside, aging can cause the upper part of the face to appear much older, so the eyes no longer adequately reflect the vitality within. A saggy brow can make people look tired, anxious or even mad. For those dealing with vision obstruction caused by droopy eyebrows, a brow lift not only provides a younger look but also allows them to see more clearly.
Anyone interested in a brow lift will undergo a physical examination and medical evaluation to ensure they are good candidates for the operation. Although brow lifts are safe procedures, there are always risks associated with any type of surgery. Smokers are not candidates for brow lifts, because smoking affects blood flow and can harm the healing process.
Brow Lift Procedure
Several brow lift procedures are available, depending on the work desired by the patient and the surgeon’s recommendations. These include:
• Endoscopic incisions – With this less-invasive procedure, a small tube with a camera is inserted into the incision allowing the surgeon to perform the operation with special, tiny tools.
• Coronal incision – This process involves an incision made across the head from both ears, but within hair-bearing skin. The hair hides the incision after recovery.
Brow lifts are performed under anesthesia. After the surgery, the incisions are usually closed via absorbable sutures.
Brow Lift Recovery
Expect recovery from the surgery to take about two weeks, after which you can return to work. For the first few days, it is necessary to limit head movement. Some swelling or bruising may remain for two or more weeks. Complete healing might take a few months. Follow the surgeon’s instructions and do not engage in strenuous physical activity until the doctor clears you.
The good news is that patients see the results of the surgery right away, even through the swelling. A brow lift lasts for years, although the aging process eventually means sagging may recur. Consuming a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and using sunscreen whenever outdoors extends the longevity of the surgery.
To learn more about brow lifts and whether they are a good option for you, schedule an in-office consultation with Dr. Landsman. Contact his Long Island practice by calling or emailing us today.