Five Questions to Ask About A Brow Lift
Lately, have you been told you look tired or "long in the face?" In particular, the upper part of our faces, which includes the forehead, brow, and eyes, are major players in expressing ourselves. With age, there comes the point where facial expressions might not relay how we feel. If those areas are overshadowed by frown lines, wrinkles, or drooping brows, it may be time to consider a brow lift. It is a rejuvenating experience that can have a lasting effect on how you look and feel.
The dedicated team at Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified and fellowship-trained Oculo Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Shoib Myint, has helped countless women and men in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV achieve their aesthetic goals. Read on to learn more from Dr. Myint and five pertinent questions to consider when finding a brow lift plastic surgeon.
1. Is a brow lift considered facial plastic surgery?
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, focuses on the upper portion of the face by lifting the brow area and reducing excess, sagging skin. It rejuvenates the eyes, giving patients a more refreshed and awakened appearance. By tightening loose skin and repositioning the underlying tissues and muscles, a brow lift can remove deep furrows and restore a more youthful, smoother contour to the upper one-third of the face, better reflecting a patient's natural vibrancy. It also can be an option to allow patients to forgo a full facelift or more extensive plastic surgery. After a thorough consultation with Dr. Myint, he will determine the best surgical option to achieve your cosmetic goals.
2. What exactly can a brow lift help?
The issue with an aging forehead or brow area is the effect it has on our facial expressions. A heavily furrowed, sagging brow can cause us to look worried, tired, even angry. Some patients are also genetically inclined to have a thicker, heavier brow area. A brow lift directly addresses these issues, helping men and women look more naturally refreshed and rejuvenated. This cosmetic procedure works for the following areas:
- Sagging skin that creates a hooded effect on the eyelids
- Fine lines and skin fold creases across the forehead
- Vertical "11" lines or frown lines between the eyebrows
3. Where will my incisions be?
During brow lift surgery, Dr. Myint will focus on removing sagging skin while simultaneously tightening the remaining skin to provide natural-looking results. When choosing a skilled, experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Myint, he will develop a personalized plan that works for your facial features. He will also share detailed information about what you can expect to have realistic expectations about the outcome. For brow lift surgery, Dr. Myint provides four surgical options.
- A traditional incision is placed behind the hairline at the top of the head. It is a good option for patients with a receding hairline.
- A lateral incision, also known as a temporal brow lift, starts at the temples behind the hairline to tackle Crow's feet and correct sagging skin in the outer brow area.
- A trichophytic incision benefits patients with a thicker hairline, allowing for a more significant brow lift.
- An endoscopic incision is a more modern brow lift technique consisting of several small incisions within the hairline and involves using an endoscope camera to lift the brow into a better position.
4. How long is the recovery time?
Recovery time is typically 1 – 2 weeks but varies by patient. Some temporary discomfort and numbness may be experienced post-op, with some swelling around the cheeks and eyes. Patients will be sent home with essential post-op instructions to follow, such as sleeping with their head elevated to alleviate any swelling, using cold compresses, and taking any medications as prescribed. Depending on the procedure, patients will return to the office about 10 – 14 days after surgery to have sutures removed, when necessary. Following aftercare instructions is essential to the success of your brow lift outcome.
5. Can I use cosmetic injectables after a brow lift?
When performed by an experienced, board-certified surgeon, like Dr. Myint, the improvements made with brow lift surgery can last for several years. However, a brow lift won't stop the natural aging process. Patients can keep their brow lift results looking their best by wearing sunscreen daily, living a healthy lifestyle, and partaking in cosmetic injectables to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Although BOTOX® cannot lift the brow area, it can relax and smooth out the area between the brows as a preventive measure for facial aging. BOTOX is a great partner to reduce muscular movement between the brows to extend the life of a patient's fantastic brow lift results.
To learn more about brow lift surgery or get a customized treatment plan, contact Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA or Las Vegas, NV and schedule a one-on-one consultation with Oculo Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Shoib Myint today.