As we age, the skin around the face begins to lose its volume, causing the forehead and eyelids to droop. We use our countenance to express the way we feel, but when skin begins to sag, emotions can be misinterpreted. You may chronically look sad and tired even though you are in high spirits, and this can be attributed to the weakening muscles and tissues in the face. To combat the effects of sagging skin, Dr. Husam Elias performs brow lift and forehead lift procedures in his Sherman Oaks facility. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, you can achieve a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.
Skin and Muscle Laxity in the Brow and Forehead
A brow or forehead lift targets the muscles above and around the eyes in order lift the skin and creates a more youthful appearance. Although the procedures are commonly interchanged, the brow and forehead lift impact different muscles in the face. The brow lift will typically tighten the corrugator muscles directly above the eyebrow, while a forehead lift effects the procerus muscle located at the top of the nose. However, both procedures will usually be performed in conjunction with one another to create the most appealing results.
These procedures involve removing any excess skin surrounding the upper one-third of the face and repositioning the muscles so that the skin looks smoother. By tightening the skin, facial expressions become less pronounced and causes clients to look more refreshed.
The Benefits of Brow and Forehead Lift Surgery
Many patients receive brow or forehead lift surgery because of the sagging skin around the face, which has a tendency to make individuals look tired and unhappy. Genetics can also play a role in our facial structure, causing some to have a more furrowed brow. Brow and forehead lifts address these issues and are typically performed during other cosmetic procedures like a facelift or eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery.
Some additional benefits of a brow lift or forehead lift include:
- A more youthful appearance
- Tighter and smoother skin
- A face that looks refreshed and alert
- A more approachable demeanor
- Improved self-confidence
Face and brow lifts are effective regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. It’s a procedure that is capable of reducing wrinkles, improving frown lines, and raising sagging skin.
What happens during each procedure?
To determine whether you are a good candidate for brow lift surgery, Dr. Elias must first take a look at your previous medical history and make sure you are in good general health. Ideal candidates are those who are physically healthy, are non-smokers, and have realistic expectations.
Once Dr. Elias approves you for surgery, he will use a minimally invasive endoscopic technique to lift the twin corrugator muscles and the procerus muscle. Performing surgery endoscopically can reduce the length of the incision needed to lift the skin, which also helps speed up the recovery process. Additionally, most incisions are made behind the hairline, making any scarring virtually undetectable.
During an endoscopic brow lift, Dr. Elias will make small incisions behind the hairline, and with the use of cameras and thin instruments, he will tighten the muscles and reposition the weakened tissues under the forehead. Excess fat and skin will be removed as needed and sutures will be used to close the incision.
What is recovery like?
Within the first week of recovery, you will likely experience some pain. Dr. Elias can prescribe pain medication and will schedule follow-up appointments to make sure your incisions are healing properly. Your sutures can usually be removed after the first week of recovery, which is when patients typically return to work or school, and although some swelling may occur, it should dissipate within a few weeks. Although you may feel fully recovered after a few weeks, your incisions will continue to heal, sometimes for up to several months.
With proper care, your brow or forehead lift can last up to 10 years. As a preventive measure, Dr. Elias recommends adopting a good skin care regimen and using sunscreen whenever possible. Retinoid-based creams and vitamin C serums are recommended for the best results. The use of Botox and other neurotoxins are also options for maintaining the appearance of your skin, and Dr. Elias offers those procedures in his Sherman Oaks facility. As your face heals, you may use ice packs and other cold compresses to ease any discomfort. Cosmetics can be applied after the first two weeks of recovery. The result is a renewed face with younger-looking skin and a refreshed countenance.
If you are concerned about wrinkles along your forehead, frown lines, sagging eyebrows and drooping eyelids, a brow lift, and forehead lift may be right for you. Contact Dr. Husam Elias at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today.