From your hairstyle and body size to the color and texture of your skin, your appearance plays a large role in your everyday life. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of men and women are completely satisfied with their appearance. In some cases, help is available, especially if issues with your appearance are affecting not only your appearance but also your self-esteem and confidence.
A brow lift, for example, can be beneficial if you are experiencing the negative effects of aging. By understanding the answers to these questions, you will understand if a brow lift is right for you.
- How is a Brow Lift Performed?
Because it is an invasive surgical procedure, understanding how a brow lift is performed should be one of the first questions to ask. The overall process of a brow lift depends on your specific needs and the underlying method your surgeon chooses to use.
Traditionally, an incision is made along the top of the forehead and down the sides of your head. Your surgeon will then lift the forehead skin and remove excess tissue while tightening the muscles of the forehead. The eyebrows can then be lifted and secured into their new position.
An endoscopic brow lift is also an option to consider. This procedure requires smaller incisions, which allow a small camera to enter the forehead tissue, so your surgeon can see the tissue and muscles under the skin. Another small tool is inserted to lift the brows/forehead tissue and tighten the underlying muscles.
- What are The Benefits of a Brow Lift?
Now that you understand the process, you may be wondering about the real benefits of undergoing a brow lift.
The benefits of a brow lift are different for everyone. However, you can expect a more youthful appearance.
The procedure reduces the horizontal fine lines and wrinkles that form over the brows, in the forehead’s skin. In addition, many patients see a noticeable difference in the number of lines and wrinkles around the eyes and across the bridge of their nose.
If you have small lines and creases in between your brows, a lift can help. Known as frown lines, these thin creases are common complaints for many people.
Another benefit of a brow lift is that it can elevate sagging brows that are dropping over your eyelids.
- Are you a Good Candidate for a Brow Lift?
You and your doctor will work together to determine whether you are a candidate for brow lift surgery.
Since anesthesia is used, which can be problematic for some patients, you should be in good overall health. This will ensure you can withstand the anesthesia without any dangerous complications.
It is also important that you have realistic expectations. A brow lift will reduce fine lines and wrinkles while updating your appearance to a more youthful and alert state. However, a brow lift will not completely change how you look or who you are.
- How Long Will It Take to Recover?
Recovery time from a brow lift is different for each patient. The total length of time it takes to recover depends on your specific health and the type of procedure you had. In most cases, you can return to work or school after about 10 days.
No matter if you had a traditional or endoscopic brow lift, you will experience swelling and brushing after the surgery. The swelling will be minimal after about a week.
Pain and discomfort are also normal. Patients who had a traditional brow lift will experience more pain because of the larger incisions than patients who had an endoscopic brow lift.
A brow lift offers many benefits, but understanding the procedure in full is smart. For more information on brow lifts or other procedures, contact The Plastic Surgery Group.