When someone tells me they have a "tired look" or that their friends and family are asking them if they are upset or unhappy, the culprit is almost always a heavy brow. Sometimes people mistakenly think they just need eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to correct the problem. But, in many cases the issue is twofold: they need some of the skin and fat of the upper lids removed, but they also need a brow lift or forehead lift to reposition the eyebrows in a more pleasing location.
I use a "scope" (a thin camera-like device) to perform this minimally-invasive surgery through a few tiny incisions in the scalp, hidden in the hairline. The procedure includes removing some of the muscles that cause the frown lines above the nose. The forehead lines, (often treated with Botox), are smoothed out. Recovery is surprisingly easy, usually only requiring a few days, depending on the amount of swelling and bruising. As mentioned above, this procedure is often combined with eyelid surgery and laser resurfacing to gain a more complete facial rejuvenation.
One of the most important things to me as a cosmetic surgeon is to never have an "operated look" in facial surgery. I believe this is most critical with a brow lift or forehead lift. The consequences of over-lifting the brows will produce the dreaded "surprised" or "deer in the headlights" look. I have never had a patient experience that complication from overly aggressive lifting, nor do I ever intend to produce it. I would much rather under-correct the brow lift, than to ever produce a startled appearance.
As with our other facial procedures, we have the ability to preview the possible results of a forehead lift by using computer imaging during your visit. This allows you to see the before and after photo results prior to deciding to have your surgery.
I must warn you however, once you see the results, it is hard to resist having the surgery! I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the possibilities for taking away the tired look of sagging brows. Give us a call to schedule a confidential consultation.
Written by: Dr. Bruce W. Van Natta