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How The Brows
Droop With Age

As you age, your brows tend to undergo natural changes that can result in a drooping or sagging appearance. Several factors contribute to this phenomenon. A decrease in skin elasticity causes the brow to lose its firmness, allowing it to descend over time. Additionally, gravitational force and the repeated contraction of forehead muscles gradually pull the brows downward. These age-related changes can create a tired or aged appearance. A brow lift can correct these concerns and restore a rejuvenated appearance.

Brow Lift Treats:

  • Sagging or drooping eyebrows
  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles and lines
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
  • A tired or aged appearance in the upper face

Brow Lift, Explained

A brow lift, medically known as a forehead lift or browplasty, is a surgical procedure that addresses signs of aging on the upper face. During this procedure, Dr. Guida makes incisions either at the hairline or within the scalp. He lifts and repositions the underlying tissues and muscles, effectively raising the eyebrows to a more youthful position. This process also smooths out forehead wrinkles and lines, creating a refreshed and alert appearance. The procedure can be performed using an endoscopic method or the traditional method.

The Traditional Method

The traditional brow lift, or coronal brow lift, involves a long incision along the hairline. Dr. Guida then lifts and repositions the forehead tissues, removing excess skin if necessary. This method gives the surgeon direct access to the underlying muscles and tissues, allowing for precise adjustment. While it can produce significant results, the longer incision and more extensive dissection may lead to a longer recovery period.

The Endoscopic Method

An endoscopic brow lift, on the other hand, is a minimally invasive alternative. Instead of a single long incision, several smaller incisions are made in the scalp. A tiny camera (endoscope) is inserted through these incisions to guide the surgeon in repositioning the tissues and muscles. This approach typically results in shorter recovery times, reduced scarring, and less postoperative discomfort. However, it may have limitations in addressing severe cases.

Brow Lift FAQs

What is the ideal age for a brow lift?

There is no specific ideal age for a brow lift, as it depends on individual factors and the extent of brow sagging or wrinkling. Typically, brow lifts are sought by individuals in their 40s to 60s, but some may benefit from the procedure earlier if they experience premature aging.

Will I have visible scars after a brow lift?

The extent of scarring depends on the technique used. Traditional brow lifts may leave a longer scar along the hairline, while endoscopic brow lifts result in smaller, less noticeable incisions. Over time, scars typically fade and become less noticeable.

Is a brow lift a standalone procedure, or can it be combined with other surgeries?

Brow lifts can be performed as a standalone procedure, but they are often combined with facelifts or eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

How long does the recovery process for a brow lift typically take?

Recovery times can vary, but patients can generally expect some swelling and bruising for the first week or two. Most individuals can resume normal activities within two weeks, while strenuous activities and exercise may need to be avoided for a few weeks longer.

Consult Dr. Guida for Harmonious,
Natural Results

Dr. Robert Guida is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon committed to delivering harmonious, natural results. With nearly 30 years of experience and a multi-generational practice, Dr. Guida enjoys a sterling reputation as one of the industry’s foremost experts. His consistent recognition as one of the Best Doctors in Castle Connolly Guide and New York Magazine for over 25 years speaks to his talent and commitment to excellence. If you’re considering a brow lift, consult Dr. Guida today.

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