Life can be stressful. And the sun and other environmental factors can be unrelenting. That can make your back sag, but more visibly it can make your brows sag. The result is sagging skin, lines, and drooping brows that can give the impression you’re tired, sad, or angry.
But a brow lift from Dr. Lonergan or Dr. deLeeuw can put an end to these false impressions, giving your upper face a more youthful appearance.
Brow lifts target the upper third of the face, but they don’t address the eyes and eyelids. Often our patients combine eyelid surgery with a brow lift to address both areas of the face and create a single recovery.
Would a brow lift help you?
Sagging brows can be simply a fact of age, or due to your genes. Most of our brow lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 60 and feature lined or inelastic skin on their foreheads.
Two techniques to fit your situation
We perform brow lifts with two techniques: the traditional brow lift or the endoscopic brow lift. The endoscopic lift is the preferred method, although not all cases allow us to use this method. Here’s a description of both methods.
- Traditional brow lift — This method uses a coronal incision that stretches from just above the ear across the top of the forehead and down to the other ear. The incision is made within hairline, but may be placed further back to minimize visibility in patients with thinning hair. Next, the forehead skin is lifted, tissue removed, muscles adjusted, and the eyebrows may be lifted. Excess skin is trimmed and the incision closed.
- Endoscopic brow lift — In this method, from three to five short incisions, each less than one inch, are made behind the hairline. An endoscope is inserted into one of the incisions. The endoscope enables Dr. Lonergan/deLeeuw to see beneath the skin without making the long incision of the traditional method. Through the other incisions the skin is lifted, muscles adjusted, and excess skin is trimmed.
With both methods, there will be numbness and discomfort at the incision sites. Numbness will give way to itching as the forehead heals. This usually passes within six months.
Want to do something about those sagging brows? Call us at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, (302) 656-0214, to schedule a consultation.