Do your friends constantly ask if you are sad, angry or perhaps even tired?
Have you ever had to “raise” your eyebrows to avoid looking like that?
At some point, almost all men and women notice heaviness around the eye area. Sagging, drooping eyelids may be thought the primary problem in many cases. However, sometimes the real culprit is often the brow.
What is Brow Lift Surgery?
A brow lift, also commonly called a forehead lift or temporal lift. As we age, unwanted wrinkle lines may appear on the forehead and outer corner of the eyes. This procedure helps rejuvenates the face above the eyes. It helps to restore a more youthful contour by eliminating the sagging of skin at the tail end of the eyebrow and upper eyelid.
A brow lift surgery involves removing excess sagging skin on the forehead and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues, improving droopiness at the outer corner of the eye. After the procedure patients also report improvement in the feeling heaviness over of the eyebrow and eyes.
Are You A Suitable Brow lift candidate?
Frown lines between the brows and droopy eyebrows can make us look angry or “too serious.” If you experience droopy eyelids and hooding on your upper eyelids this can make you look tired.
If these signs of ageing bother you, a brow lift may be right for you. A brow lift may help you enjoy a more naturally refreshed appearance as well as other positive changes:
You will look more alert, improving your self-confidence, as you no longer have a “worried” look.
People might find you more approachable, as they no longer mistakenly perceive you as unfriendly.
You may be a candidate for brow lift surgery if you are:
– A healthy individual
– Have some skin elasticity, which helps the body adapt to its new contours.
– Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
Types of Brow Lift Surgery
There are many techniques when it comes to a brow lift surgery; your doctor will decide which is best for you depending on your goals, unique anatomy, and the extent of corrections needed to achieve the desired results.
Incisions are generally placed along the hairline, behind the hairline, in the mid-forehead or above the brow. Some common types of brow lifts include
- Direct Brow Lift
It is a procedure that involves repositioning the eyebrow to a natural looking higher position. It is used for patients with severe brow ptosis and facial nerve palsy. It involves making an incision on the forehead creases above the eyebrow and removing a section of the skin and underlying tissues. The wound is closed with very fine stitches. Initially, there is an obvious scar along the incision line which eventually fades.
- b) Temporal or Limited Incision Brow Lift
This is most commonly performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery. Incisions about 1 inch long are made just above each temple, behind the hairline. Through these incisions, your cosmetic surgeon will lift and reposition the tissues of the outer brow area. This technique is suitable for saggy skin, hooded eyes and wrinkles along the outer corner of the eye which gives a tired appearance.
- c) Classic or Coronal Brow Lift
This technique is no longer popular given the options for less invasive surgery techniques. In certain cases, however, a coronal brow lift may be necessary to achieve a patient’s desired results. This technique involves one long incision made behind the hairline, running from ear to ear. Excess skin, fat and tissue are removed and the remaining skin and brow muscles are repositioned into a more youthful appearance.
Brow Lift Surgery
Generally, brow lift surgery is an outpatient procedure. Patients will be given some oral sedation.
How long the surgery takes depends on the type of brow lift as well as whether or not another procedure is being performed at the same time.
Incisions may be would be closed with sutures, which are typically removed about 1 week after surgery.
What to Expect During Your Recovery Time
Patients typically experience very little pain after a brow lift, but it is common to feel slight discomfort as well as a sensation of tightness throughout the forehead.
Swelling and bruising is the most common side effect of surgery. This usually lasts for the first 10 days or so after surgery, and will mostly go away after about 2 weeks.
Tips on reducing swelling
Keeping your head elevated by sleeping on a few pillows for several days is crucial after the surgery. This will help reduce recovery time and minimised swelling.
Cold compress after surgery is helpful.
Below are typical recovery milestones following brow lift surgery:
– Day of surgery: We encourage you to walk around the house
– 1 to 2 days after surgery: showering is permitted; be gentle around your incision sites. Try to keep the stitches dry most of the time.
– 1 week after surgery: Some patients are able to return to work. You may tire more easily, so consider taking more frequent breaks. If you are concerned about visible bruising, cover up makeup can be applied as advised by your doctor.
– 1 to 2 weeks after surgery: Driving is possible, as long as you have full mobility and are no longer taking prescription pain medication.
– 3 to 4 weeks after surgery: Physical activity like exercise can resume, but please consult with your doctor first.
Will the results of brow lift surgery last?
Ageing is not reversible; eventually, your forehead tissues will begin to show signs of ageing with time. However, when a brow lift performed by an experienced, board-certified surgeon, the improvements made will last for many years.
You can play a part in keeping your results lasting longer by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As part of a daily routine, wear sunscreen. Try to eat a diet rich in whole foods and vitamins. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as it is known to accelerate the signs of ageing.
People Constantly Said I Looked Sad
Ever since I was in my twenties people have said "Why do you look so sad?", when actually I had a 'neutral' face expression. In fairness I've also been told I have beautiful eyes...but they are kind of 'puppy dog' eyes. In my thirties, my brow started to get heavy and quite lined early and I decided back then that one day I would get a brow lift. Now at 45, my eyes no longer look beautiful...they look tired as the heaviness of my brow makes them look so, unless I force a 'raised brow' expression. I'm so happy with my results after the brow lift, my results are exactly what I wanted.
Our eyes are very important to us.
BE CAUTIOUS when selecting your surgeon. Always remember to protect your eyes first. If you are considering a brow lift, see an oculoplastic surgeon. An oculoplastic surgeon’s primary focus is the health and safety of your eyes, but they also have unique skills as a plastic surgeon to safely treat your eye area.
If you would like the rewarding experience our patients have experienced, Dr Vanessa will be happy to meet with you for a private consultation. At this visit, Dr.Vanessa will be able to give you a clearer idea of what results you might expect, based on your unique condition and specific needs. You will also be able to look at photographs of some of our previous patients, review and ask any questions you may have about this procedure.
Here’s the deal: It has taken me an additional 3 years qualify as an oculoplastic surgeon. So I won’t claim to be the most expensive or the cheapest in the market but what you will get is my utmost attention and care for your eyes to help you achieve naturally beautiful eyes. We charge RM1900-1950 per side for a brow lift.
Here’s what you should do now: Just call our office (You can also fill out the form or book an appointment on the Contact Us page) and tell us that you want “Dr Vanessa’s Brow Lift”. Make an appointment to get a consultation and speak to Dr Vanessa yourself.
Why wait? After all, you have nothing to lose from one consultation. Book your appointment here.