Are there benefits to getting a browlift other than the removal of some of the sagging skin over my eyes?
I don’t know if men share the same experience, but I would bet that there aren’t very many women who have not been sitting quietly, minding their own business, when some total stranger comes up to them and says something along the lines of “Smile! It’s not that bad!” Or some variation like “it’ll make you look prettier” or “make you look friendlier”. Annoying, right? And just plain rude.
It’s a different story, though, when your friends, family members, and co-workers start asking you if you’re feeling tired or sad or wondering if something is wrong, even on days when you feel great and couldn’t be happier. Facial changes due to aging come on gradually, and sometimes we don’t notice how far they have progressed. But others do.
One of those changes that tend to make us look tired, sad, or even grumpy is caused by the effects of gravity on the brow. As the skin and soft tissue lose tone and elasticity, the brow sags and you may begin to look old and tired.
If this has become an issue for you, a browlift may be the answer. Typically done for those in their 40s or 50s, browlifts can go a long way in counteracting some of the effects of aging and gravity by restoring a smoother and more youthful contour to the upper portion of your face.
Benefits of a Browlift
A browlift can do a lot to erase the effects of aging. Some of the most common benefits include:
- Removes excess, sagging skin under your brow
- Removes horizontal wrinkles
- Smooths frown lines
- Eliminates deep furrows
- Diminishes appearance of crow’s feet
- Removes excess fatty tissue around the eyes
- Restore eyebrows to their best position on the face
- Allows the eyes to open wider and gets rid of the tired look
- Gives a happier, friendlier, and more approachable appearance
There are different ways to do browlifts. The one your surgeon chooses in your case will depend on your unique facial structure, your goals, and the amount of correction required to reach those goals. Usually, your browlift will be done with one of these techniques:
The Classic or Coronal Browlift
This method uses an incision that follows the hairline from above one ear to the next. By carefully lifting the skin, the surgeon can then make adjustments to the muscles, tissue and fat where necessary.
The Endoscopic Browlift
This method has become more popular because it is far less invasive, requiring only small incisions that are hidden in the hair. Specialized equipment, including a tiny camera, is used to gently make the necessary adjustments. Recovery time is much shorter with this method and there is far less bruising.
The Temporal Lift
While all of these procedures can be done at an outpatient facility, the temporal lift can be performed in-office. Considered a scaled-down version and also minimally invasive, this method provides very positive results. It is often combined with eyelid surgery.
Recovery depends on the method and extent of work done but most patients are able to return to normal activities in about two weeks. Browlifts can be expected to last between five and ten years, if not a little longer.
Dr. Brian D. Cohen is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive training in cosmetic/reconstructive plastic surgery and has had years of experience performing a wide array of cosmetic surgery procedures, specializing in procedures of the face, eyes, nose, breast,a and body and is known for his exemplary and compassionate care by his patients. Knowing that Dr. Cohen has been selected by his peers in Super Doctors for 9 years in a row in 2021 gives you the confidence that he is highly respected for his performance in his specialty.
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