Many things including age, heredity and gender determine your brow position. As we age, the fat dissipates in the brow pad, which causes a sad or tired look. In order to correct this, a brow lift may be in order. Ideal positioning for women is to have the eyebrows resting slightly above the brow bone, while for men it should be at the brow bone. The goal of a brow lift is to elevate the brow conservatively for a pleasing brow position that “opens” the eyes without a “surprised” look. This is done through an elevation of the outer portion of the brows and release of the central brow muscles to allow the furrowed brows to return to their natural relaxed position.
Dr. Mark Richards performs a brow lift using a viewing instrument called an endoscope that requires only a few small incisions just above the hairline. The endoscopic brow lift plastic surgeon can clearly see the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles in the area. He can make adjustments to the muscles with little risk of damaging the nerves or causing hair loss. Through these adjustments, lines are smoothed, the brows are raised, and the entire face given a more youthful, rested appearance. And while a brow lift can make an amazing difference by itself, it can also be performed in conjunction with procedures such as cheek lift, facelift, eyelid surgery, or rhinoplasty.
*Individual Results May Vary
Candidates for a Brow Lift
Candidates for a brow lift include those with drooping eyebrows, lines in the forehead, frown lines just above the nose, or an unwarranted angry or sad upper facial appearance. Even those who are bothered or impaired by heavy upper eyelids may see more improvement after a brow lift than blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), as fixing the structures of the eyebrows and forehead tends to unfold the eyelids.
These conditions most commonly plague people in their forties or older, though inherited conditions can also cause them, and this younger group may just as easily benefit from a brow lift.
It is always best to discuss your look, expectations, and possible risks with your brow lift surgeon. By contacting the Ageless Impressions – Plastic Surgery Institute, you can schedule a consultation with Mark E. Richards, M.D. to see whether brow lift surgery is right for you.
An Improved Look Through a Brow Lift
Patients are frequently surprised by just how much their brow lift has improved their look. They often comment that they look younger, happier, and more rested. The effects can last for ten years or longer.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Brow Lift Surgery
Q: Is hair loss likely due to a brow lift?
A: An endoscopic brow lift does not require the hair to be shaved or even trimmed. The incisions are made in the scalp, but the surgeon works beneath the hair follicles to prevent damage to them.
Q: Will the brow lift result in an unnatural or surprised look?
A: A successful brow lift delivers significant improvement without distortion. If the sagging of the brow is a result of aging, the surgeon can sometimes use old photographs to map out the most natural restoration of the patient’s old look.
Q: How can I tell whether a brow lift or eyelid surgery would be best?
A: A brow lift is meant to restore the entire upper region of the face to its most natural position. If heavy upper eyelids seem to be a result of the downward migration of the brow and forehead, then a brow lift is likely most appropriate. If the patient notices lines across the forehead or above the nose, or experiences frequent headaches, these are also signs that the brow, and not just the eyelids, may need to be reshaped. Sometimes a brow lift is performed first, and then a better assessment as to the degree of excess upper eyelid skin can be performed.
Q: What are the incisions like in a brow lift?
A: In an endoscopic brow lift, there are usually no visible incisions. The incisions in the scalp are small enough that they will likely be undetectable after a few months, even by your hairdresser. Unlike many other surgeons, Dr. Mark Richards uses no screws or devices to suspend the brow as these devices can cause pain and hair loss.
If you would like to bring your changing brow more in line with your true personality, please contact the office of Dr. Richards today to learn more about how this procedure can help you.