Brow Lift Procedure
Brow Lifts (or Forehead Lifts) are helpful when there is droopiness of the eyebrows, which can accentuate the appearance of excess skin around the upper lids. When the brow is lifted the excess skin between the eyebrow and the eyelashes is less bunched up and the face appears fresher.
About Brow Lifts
As we age and lose collagen, the support needed to maintain our youthful appearance is lost and our faces begin to sag due to the unopposed effects of gravity.
This is most evident in our brows. As we get older the elasticity and muscle tone around the eyebrows is lost because of laxity of muscle and loss of collagen and the brow begins to sag. This is called Brow Ptosis.
As the brow sags and the ptosis gets worse, the fat and skin beneath the brow begins to go south, encroaching on the upper eyelid skin and exacerbating Dermatochalasis which is the tissue removed during a Blepharoplasty procedure.
Unlike a Blepharoplasty where tissue is removed, a Brow Lift involves lifting the brows and often no tissue is removed at all unless combined with a Blepharoplasty where upper eyelid skin is removed. Sometimes the fat beneath the brow is removed if it has sagged. This is known as Sub-Brow Fat sculpting.
Our Forehead As We Age
In addition to Brow Ptosis, the forehead also changes with age. Deepening of the furrows of the forehead, often called Forehead Lines, and also deepening of the furrows at the top of the nose in what is known as the glabellar region occurs. More laterally towards the outside of the eyelids, crow’s feet also become more noticeable. To treat these problems areas, a Forehead Lift is required which is basically an extension of a Brow Lift.
A Forehead Lift and/or a Brow Lift can be overdone giving the appearance of a startled look or a “deer in the headlights” look. This is most unattractive and needs to be avoided. A Brow Lift is often better performed in a more subtle way with gently elevating the brows, gently softening the frown lines and preventing the brows from further sagging.