Brow Lifts: The Look That Goes with a Brighter Day
The forehead and eyebrows are among the most prominent features of a person’s face, and so they suffer some of the greatest exposure to sun, wind, and the environment. The forehead rises and furrows in reaction to emotions, too, from surprise to concern to happiness to concentration. As a result, this region of the face can be among the first to tell exaggerated stories of age.
Gravity, too, has an outsized influence on the eyebrows and eyelids. Because of the delicacy of the tissues on the surface and below the skin, they may droop surprisingly early in life. Fortunately, the solutions for restoring a fresh, youthful look are abundant here also.
The Brows and Forehead: Back Up Where They Belong
The variety of solutions for lifting the forehead and eyebrows reflects the fact that men and women age differently and each face is unique. Depending on each patient’s needs, brow lift incisions can be placed in one of at least five locations, including above the hairline. Some approaches can even lower a high hairline and create a more pleasing proportion overall.
If an endoscopic approach is right for you, then several small incisions behind the hairline can speed recovery and make the procedure even more inconspicuous.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical option for lifting the brow by using the body’s own response to proven ultra-sound energy, applied directly to the area that needs lifting. Ultherapy can provide 30% to 40% of the effect of a surgical brow lift, worth considering if the need is less severe.
Blepharoplasty: A Big Word for Bright Eyes
Droopy eyelids can suggest you are tired, worn out, or less than alert. They even can impair your field of vision, and often this impact on vision is what brings men especially to the procedure. Along with lifting droopy eyelids, this surgery can remove puffiness and bags under the eyes, too, so the overall effect is nothing less than a brighter look on the world – and from the world.
One advantage of the delicacy of the tissues in the eyelids is that they heal quickly, and scars become inconspicuous. The effects are so remarkable that eyelid surgery is often the first procedure people consider. Frequently it is done on its own, although balancing the improvement with the rest of the face can call for lifting the brows and smoothing the forehead, too.
As Always, It Starts with a Good Conversation
Selecting the board-certified facial plastic surgeon and the approach that is right for you involves a good, relaxed, face-to-face consultation. Share your goals and concerns. Ask about the options and why those options may be right for you. This particular consultation might be more fun than you imagine, because the doctor is likely to ask you to “make faces,” and see how your forehead and eyebrows respond to movement. The key is to find compassion, understanding and confidence as your move forward. You’ll know you’re in the right hands when you feel those elements come together.
About Mike Majmundar, M.D.
Dr. Mike Majmundar has been named a Top Doctor by Atlanta Magazine, a National Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report & Castle Connolly, a Top Beauty Expert by The Atlantan, Best Self, and Northside Woman, and Best Botox and Filler Injector by Jezebel. To read his patient reviews, visit RealSelf or Google+. Dr. Majmundar is also a member of the American Association of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons (with over 4,000 members) and the only organization dedicated to the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck, as well as the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.