A high, arched eyebrow is a sign of youth that highlights and draws attention to your eyes. Slight changes in the height of your eyebrows affect the appearance of your eyelids and make you look older. For this reason, many women pluck or wax their eyebrows to improve the brow’s height.
Droopy eyebrows don’t just affect women, however. In men, the natural position of the eyebrow is slightly lower than for women. As a result, men have less leeway before sagging eyebrows affect their upper eyelids and make them look older.
A brow lift, also called an eyebrow or forehead lift, is a surgical procedure to raise your eyebrows and smooth away forehead wrinkles.
Dr. Creech performs a brow lift to improve:
A brow lift treats cosmetic problems in the upper one-third of your face, which is made up of the forehead and eyebrows. By comparison, a standard facelift and neck lift improves the lower two-thirds of your face. Many patients choose to combine their brow lift with a facelift.
Dr. Creech performs brow lifts using different techniques, but in all cases, he removes excess fat and skin, lifts and tightens the underlying muscles, and may reposition fat. The two primary types of brow lift procedures are:
Dr. Creech recommends a standard brow lift if you have severe, age-related forehead and eyebrow problems. This procedure, which is performed through an incision on the top of your head, takes about two hours and may be done using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure performed through a few small incisions at your hairline. Dr. Creech recommends this procedure for patients with mild-to-moderate challenges with their eyebrows or forehead.
After a brow lift, it’s normal to have some swelling, bruising, or numbness in your forehead and scalp. However, most patients return to work within 10 days and can resume their normal exercise and activity level in eight weeks.
Brow lifts produce a change that’s subtle and natural to everyone but you. While you’ll notice a significant difference, other people will say you look well-rested or ask if you’ve changed your hairstyle.
If you want to learn more about how a brow lift can improve your appearance, call David Creech, MD.