Most people think facelifts are the go-to plastic surgery for looking younger, but the truth is a bit more complex. Not only are there several varieties of facelifts, all of which are customized to fit each patient, but there are actually entirely different procedures for certain signs of aging. The brow lift is simply one example. As its name suggests, the brow lift (as well as my minimally invasive Band Aid Brow Lift) focuses on rejuvenating the brow line and the forehead. To give you more insight into how the surgery works and whether it may be the right fit for you, I’ve taken a moment to answer some of the most common questions about this procedure.
The overall goal of a brow lift is to make the top portion of your face look youthful, well-rested, content, and symmetrical. But this can take many forms, so a few of the specific complaints that can often be addressed with a brow lift include:
- Expression lines throughout the forehead (like frown lines between the eyebrows and horizontal creases across the forehead)
- Excess skin drooping over the tops of the eyes (but keep in mind that this depends on where the skin comes from; if the brow line is sagging, a brow lift will likely be the right choice, but if the excess skin is only on the upper eyelids, eyelid surgery will probably be a better option)
- A brow that has lost its arch over the years
- Looking perpetually sad or angry because of the way certain areas of the forehead sag and wrinkle
- Asymmetrical eyebrows, in which one brow is higher or lower than the other
How does a brow lift work? How intense is the surgery?
Brow lifts and Band Aid Brow Lifts can remove excess skin from the forehead, reposition underlying facial tissue, and give the skin a smoother and firmer tone. There are multiple approaches at varying levels, depending on how much improvement you need to achieve. After more than 25 years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have found that the traditional brow lift, which involves an incision across the top of the head, is almost never the best option, because the extensiveness of the surgery outweighs the benefits it offers, and in fact, it often leaves patients looking less natural than they would have liked. While an endoscopic brow lift is a less invasive option, it still tends to have the same problem with the results. Instead, I developed the Band Aid Brow Lift. This procedure is performed in-office with gentle numbing so that it doesn’t require general anesthesia, and it keeps the incisions as minimal as possible by solely addressing the areas that the individual patient needs to treat.
How much scarring will I have after a brow lift?
My Band Aid Brow Lift keeps scarring to a minimum. Depending on how much correction you need, you may have a few small scars, which are usually hidden within the hairline so that they are as discreet as possible.
What is the difference between a brow lift and a forehead lift?
Forehead lifts and brow lifts are actually two terms for the same surgery. Some doctors or patients may also refer to a brow lift as an upper facelift. While each of these names are interchangeable, as a potential patient, it’s important to know what they entail so that you can get the most out of your plastic surgery consultation.
If I keep aging, will I need another surgery?
Everyone ages in their own way based on their genetics, lifestyle factors, and other variables, so while aging is a continuous process, you may or may not age enough in your forehead to warrant another Band Aid Brow Lift in the future. This will depend on your unique aging process, your personal preferences, and the determination we make together in a pre-surgical consultation.
Plastic surgery is a far more customized process than most patients believe. Rather than each procedure having a mechanical “step 1, step 2, step 3” process, achieving the best results requires a balance between science and art. While science sets the limits, making the tweaks and changes that truly help each patient to be their most confident and beautiful self is a practice of art and should be approached with an artistic eye. To start discussing whether a Band Aid Brow Lift or another procedure may be right for you, schedule your plastic surgery consultation. Or, for more information about my minimally invasive procedures, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.