As we age, our brow slowly falls giving the appearance of heaviness and excess skin in the upper eyelids. We then begin to elevate the eyebrows which causes the transverse forehead wrinkles to become more visible. This makes us look older, tired, and even angry. Some people choose to renew and soften their appearance with a brow lift procedure, which can help restore an alert, neutral expression both at rest and when moving facial muscles. However, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure, so before settling on a brow lift to solve your forehead aesthetic concerns, consider the following.
What Concerns Can a Brow Lift Address?
By the time people reach their 40s or above, they may benefit from brow lift surgery. In some cases, patients in their 20s and 30s that have a genetic predisposition to sagging in the face and forehead can be good candidates for this procedure as well.
Those who have the following conditions may benefit from this cosmetic surgery:
- Drooping brows
- Heaviness in eyelids
- Deep forehead lines
- Furrowed lines between the brows
- Vision obstruction from sagging brows
Are Alternative Treatments Effective For Specific Concerns?
With aging, increased skin laxity, and repeated facial expressions, the forehead can develop lines and wrinkles. Beyond a brow lift, there are numerous medical options people can use to rectify forehead lines and wrinkles. Some people turn to dermal fillers and Botox injections for help with these issues. Those options are good, but not as permanent or dramatic of an improvement as brow lift surgery might be.
Other treatments include certain laser procedures or microneedling treatment, which can be effective for long-term results, but will not correct more severe signs of aging and cannot remove loose, hanging skin.
Are There Other Benefits to a Brow Lift Besides Physical Ones?
Aging can cause our faces to look dull and tired due to muscle and skin laxity. This dull, less-alert look may not be reflective of how young someone feels on the inside and can be emotionally upsetting when the outward appearance doesn’t match the internal experience.
Brow lift surgery can make a big difference in both appearance and confidence for patients. For people who want to look more youthful, refreshed, and alert, a brow lift procedure may help them achieve those goals and boost their self-confidence.
Additional Candidacy Requirements
If you are a prospective brow lift candidate, it is recommended that you:
- Are in good overall health
- Have a positive outlook for surgery
- Have well-defined goals for the surgery
- Be willing to stop smoking both before and after surgery to help to heal and avoid complications
To give yourself the best chance of getting satisfactory results from surgery, you should be mentally and physically prepared beforehand. After surgery, it’s important to be diligent with follow-up appointments and following any aftercare instructions from your surgeon. Doing this will make recovery go much more smoothly and help to avoid problems.
Schedule A Consultation
The best way to know if you can benefit from a plastic surgery procedure like a brow lift to help restore a youthful appearance to your face is to talk to the plastic surgeons at Straith Clinic in metro Detroit. During a consultation, our board-certified plastic surgeons can give you an examination and walk through the process of plastic surgery from start to finish, giving you confidence in your unique surgical plan. To schedule your confidential consultation, call our office or fill out a contact form online today. We can’t wait to hear from you!