Brow Lift Procedure: Why is It Done, and Who is an Ideal Candidate?

A brow lift or forehead rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure to address sagging around the eyes and the nose’s bridge. A Scarsdale brow lift can complement the result of a facelift or eyelid surgery to restore a youthful appearance. As with other procedures, there are contraindications and risks in the process. Read on to discover all the facts you should know before forehead rejuvenation.

Why is a brow lift necessary?

A brow lift is a cosmetic treatment to raise eyebrow muscular tissue. The skin and soft tissue become less supple as gravity makes the soft tissue droop. Sun damage on skin tissue can also cause the eyebrow muscles to sag.

A forehead rejuvenation can help reverse the signs of aging and improve your appearance. Sagging muscular tissue around your eyebrows can make you look sleepy or sad. Some people can experience considerable distress in social situations because of the condition.

Also known as browplasty, the condition can also address the following issues:

  • Wrinkles and double lines on your forehead between your eyes
  • Nasal folds and wrinkles right below your eyes
  • Drooping eyebrows covering the eyelid
  • An angry or fatigued appearance due to sagging brow muscles

What is an endoscopic brow lift?

Typically, forehead rejuvenation involves lifting soft tissue around your eyebrow. Traditional techniques require large incisions, which tend to leave visible scarring.

On the other hand, an endoscopic technique involves inserting a miniature camera under the skin to observe soft tissue. The endoscopic process requires about three incisions, usually on the hairline on either side of the face.

In endoscopic surgery, the surgeon uses the camera to position instruments for the procedure. The target soft tissue is pushed upwards gently to lift the brow muscle. Due to its smaller footprint, recovery is faster, with a lower risk of side effects.

A brow lift is usually performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. It takes between 60 minutes and two hours to complete.

Who is an ideal candidate? 

A brow lift can benefit anyone who wants to restore their youthful appearance. The endoscopic method is ideal for people with a short forehead less than 2.3 inches from the hairline to the eyebrow.

But an endoscopic brow lift is not always ideal for individuals with a severely curved forehead. The curvature makes manipulating instruments from the hairline challenging.

Endoscopic forehead rejuvenation may not be the best treatment if you have had eyelid surgery. There is an elevated risk of lagophthalmos. That is a condition where the eye does not close completely.

Body dysmorphic disorder is a contraindication of most plastic surgery procedures. Statistics suggest it is responsible for 7 to 15 percent of patients seeking cosmetic treatments. They often do not benefit from surgical procedures due to their unrealistic expectations.

Your plastic surgeon will review your expectations during your initial evaluation. An exam and medical history will determine if you are an ideal candidate. If a brow lift is not a suitable treatment, your cosmetic specialist will refer you to the relevant medical experts.

To find out if brow rejuvenation is right for you, contact Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, or book an appointment online.

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