Facial aging creates concerns that can diminish your self-esteem. As you’ve gotten older, you may have noticed that lines and wrinkles are only one small aspect of cosmetic aging. If you’re like many people, you’re beginning to notice changes in your eyes. Your eyes may look smaller, narrow, sad, or angry for a couple of reasons. One is that your upper eyelids have gotten heavy and saggy; another is that your eyebrows aren’t sitting where they once did. In this instance, a brow lift is an excellent approach to facial rejuvenation. Most of the people who consult with Dr. Rosenthal about this procedure have several questions. We’ll answer a few here.
How Invasive Is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is pretty minimally-invasive regardless of technique. Dr. Rosenthal selects between two common approaches, a coronal incision or an endoscopic brow lift. The decision is made based on the facial structure, severity of tissue laxity, and other factors. Whenever possible, the endoscopic technique is used. This approach incurs a few short incisions across the top of the forehead at the hairline. A coronal brow lift involves one longer incision made either right at the hairline or behind it. Both techniques use small instruments to then reposition tissue so the brows sit at the upper orbital rim and the forehead skin lies smoothly.
Are Brow Lift Scars Visible?
At first, brow lift scars will be visible if they are made at the hairline. Incisions made behind the hairline cannot be seen. Once the skin heals, none of the incisions made should be visible. Sometimes, patients begin a scar treatment program as soon as their incisions have fully closed. The use of silicone gel or sheets can accelerate tissue healing and help scars fade more quickly.
How Long Do the Results Last?
A brow lift is an advantageous procedure for several reasons. First, this surgery can take 10 years off the face. It opens up the eyes again and gives the face more liveliness. The results of brow lift surgery also last many years. While aging cannot be stopped, patients are usually very happy with their appearance 10 or more years after their procedure.
Will a Brow Lift Change the Shape of My Eyes?
A brow lift will not change the shape of your eyes as much as it will restore the shape you once had. Where aging has caused the eyes to look angry, heavy, tired, or sad, a brow lift energizes this part of the face. It does so by putting the brow line back where it belongs, allowing the eyes to look larger and more alert and rested.