Browlift or “foreheadplasty” is not a single procedure, but a collection of techniques designed to establish or restore an apprearance of vitality to the upper face. Occasionally, when eyebrow descent has dropped skin over the upper eyelids that impairs vision, forehead lift my be indicated to improve sight. Suspension of forehead soft tissue on the skull is by a complex of muscle and connective tissue structures. This support diminishes with age. Skin stretches, degenerates, and sags. Ligaments become loose. Some are genetically predisposed, with inherited “low brows.” Other reasons for browlift are deep horizontal forehead creases, deep vertical creases between the brows, and/or a brow shape that produces an undesirable facial expression, or impression to others of fatigue, anger, or indifference. As brows descend, upper eyelid skin also drops and folds over eyelashes at their sides to become redundant. Portions of the eyes are concealed by sagging upper eyelid skin. For women, mascara and eyelid cosmetics are no longer effective.
Browlift is customized by Dr. Steve Laverson to achieve desired aesthetic and functional goals with minimal surgery, complications, and scarring. First, characteristics of the “ideal” brow and forehead aesthetics are considered. There are inherent differences between men and women. Plans to approach these characteristics are discussed with each patient, and a procedure designed to accomplish the desired result is agreed upon.
Surgical methods for lifting the forehead may be closed (through small incisions) or open (through longer incisions that are concealed by natural anatomy). Sometimes, an entire browlift is not needed, just removal of squint muscles through the upper eyelid or small suspension at the sides of the brows, also accomplished through the upper eyelids.
Dr. Laverson often adds a “temporal” browlift when facelift is performed. The goal of this procedure is to smooth redundant skin bunched over the temples after lifting lower facial and cheek skin. Browlift is generally a safe procedure with quick recovery, inconspicuous scars, and good results.
The most common problems associated with browlift are numbness of the scalp, localized (often temporary) hair loss, changed hairline, visible scar, recurrent brow descent or muscle activity. asymmetry between right and left sides, diminished forehead and/or scalp sensation, weakness (temporary or permanent) of brow elevation from nerve stretching or injury, and others.
There are various techniques available to achieve the desired results of a brow lift, and the type that’s right for you will depend on your aesthetic goals.
By removing excess skin and lifting drooping brows, your eyes will look larger, brighter, and more youthful. In the hands of Dr. Laverson, a skilled surgeon with an eye for aesthetic beauty, the procedure results in an overall rested and relaxed expression. Brow lifts can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and restore the natural arch in your eyebrows. A brow lift might be an excellent way to achieve a rejuvenated appearance if you have a low eyebrow position, deep creases across the forehead, frown lines or furrows, or excess skin hanging over your eyes. However, there are some other factors that Dr. Laverson will take into consideration while discussing a potential brow lift, including:
If a brow lift is the best option for achieving your aesthetic goals, you can rest assured that Dr. Laverson will provide you with the most elegant and natural-looking results possible.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Laverson will examine the structure of your face and your skin’s texture and elasticity to determine whether you’re a good candidate for a brow lift procedure. If you decide to proceed after reviewing all the potential risks and expected results, Dr. Laverson will discuss the various types of brow lifts to determine which is optimal for your personal aesthetic goals. It is important that every patient have a positive yet realistic attitude toward the surgery. If you are interested in having other cosmetic procedures done at the same time for more dramatic results, Dr. Laverson can tell you which additional procedures are the most complementary.
Depending on which type of brow lift surgery you choose, some swelling and bruising around the area following the surgery is to be expected. Cold compresses can help keep swelling down, and though any pain and discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, prescription pain medication is also available. The dressing or bandages applied directly after the surgery can be removed in one or two days, along with the drainage tube if one was used during surgery. Full recovery takes about two to three weeks, and because Dr. Laverson’s precise surgical techniques place incisions in inconspicuous places, scars are not noticeable in most cases.
There are several factors that determine the best brow lift for each person. These include their natural facial characteristics, the location of their hairline, and the severity of the brow drooping. When you come in to Feel Beautiful for your brow lift consultation, Dr. Laverson will ask for your complete medical history to determine your general health status. He’ll also measure your features, evaluate the condition of your skin and facial musculature, and answer any questions you may have before recommending a course of treatment to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
At Feel Beautiful in San Diego, we get gorgeous results while also prioritizing patient comfort and education. It’s important to us that you go into your brow lift procedure feeling well-informed, at ease, and excited about your results. Whichever brow lift you choose, Dr. Laverson is committed to helping you achieve a youthful, bright, and refreshed appearance. For more information on brow lifts or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laverson, give us a call at (858) 295-4001 today.