Many women and men in their 40s and 50s come to our Virginia cosmetic surgery practice feeling that their face has taken on a fatigued look due to:
- Deterioration of the upper facial skin because of environmental or genetic factors
- Deep forehead creases and worry lines, creating a face that appears tired, sad, or even angry
These patients often come to our office expecting that a facelift is the answer for facial rejuvenation. In reality, a face lift corrects the visible signs of aging in the lower face, but does nothing to rejuvenate the upper face.
During the consultation, Dr. Goldberg explains that a brow lift in Fairfax, Virginia may be more appropriate. This surgery raises drooping eyebrows and forehead skin into a more youthful position. This results in eyes which appear more open and youthful, and relieves that fatigued, scowling look.
To find out more about what a brow lift can do for you, click here to request a complimentary consultation with our Fairfax, Virginia plastic surgeon.
What a Brow Lift Does
The brow lift procedure is designed to restore a more youthful appearance to the upper area of the face. As the name implies, the brow is lifted and forehead skin is tightened to:
- Smooth horizontal lines
- Minimize heaviness in the upper eyelid
- Diminish vertical "frown lines" between the eyes
- Make the eye area appear "opened up" and refreshed
- Weaken the frown muscles, leaving the upper face looking relaxed and rejuvenated
How Brow Lifts are Performed
An endoscopic brow lift is performed using fiber optic technology, which allows for the procedure to be done through 4 to 6 small incisions hidden behind the hairline. Through these incisions - which are less than 2 centimeters in length - the tissue is repositioned to smooth out wrinkles and lift the brow. The forehead muscles are trimmed, which causes them to contract less, resulting in an effect similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic. The procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes, and can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation.
Traditional or Open Technique
The open brow lift uses traditional surgical techniques and instruments to smooth and contour a deeply furrowed brow. This method utilizes a continuous incision which runs from one temple to the other across the crown of the head, hidden behind the hairline. Through this incision, the skin is lifted and repositioned to smooth out wrinkles, and the excess skin is trimmed away. With the open technique, your Fairfax cosmetic surgeon has the ability to alter the muscles that cause the vertical "scowl" lines, as well as those which create the horizontal wrinkles. This is a more extensive surgery, requiring general anesthesia, but works very well in cases with very deep wrinkling.
At our Virginia cosmetic surgery practice, we often perform brow lifts utilizing a combination of the open and the endoscopic techniques. We can perform the procedure using two lateral incisions rather than the long, continuous one, which decreases scarring and poses less risk of hair loss. This combined approach yields the best of both approaches, making it a very effective technique with excellent results.
Recovery and Results
You can expect to feel discomfort for a few days, managed by prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers. There will be swelling and bruising, which will subside noticeably over 10 to 14 days. After this recovery period, you will begin looking and feeling rejuvenated and happy.
To find out more about brow lifts, click here to request a complimentary consultation with our Virginia cosmetic surgery specialist or call (703) 264-0904 to schedule an appointment.