With age, facial features can sag. Lines deepen with stress and activity of the muscles when you’re not at rest.
Hyperactivity of the forehead muscles can cause horizontal lines, lines between the brows and drooping of the brows.
A brow lift will help to reverse the pull of gravity repositioning the features of the upper third of the face into a more youthful position.
Overhanging skin in the upper eyelids can be addressed in two ways: an upper eye lid lift or a brow lift. While in the past surgeons often chose to automatically perform an upper eyelid lift to correct sagging of the upper lid, more often today, a brow lift is used to create a better result.
A brow lift can be performed alone or it may often be performed at the same time as a facelift which also removes excess skin and tightens muscles in the middle and lower face.
Younger adults who have a naturally low brow or who already have deep frown lines due to stress or muscle hyperactivity may also benefit from a brow lift. Adults with sagging eyebrows, eyebrows low enough to cause excessive skin of the upper eyelids, deep horizontal creases across the forehead and frown or vertical lines between the eyebrows or across the top of the nose are candidates for a brow lift as well.
Sometimes, patients may focus their attention on excess skin in the upper eyelids and not realize that it is their sagging eyebrows that are the cause of the problem. Dr. Wardle will explain the benefits of both eyelid surgery and brow lift as each procedure applies to you.
The surgical technique that Dr. Wardle recommends will depend on things such as the position of your eyebrows, the amount of excess upper eyelid skin you have and the height of your hairline (the height of your hairline can be altered a little after surgery).
Often, an incision is made across the top of the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden in the hair. Sometimes, the incision may be placed at the front of the hairline or the middle of the scalp. The incision is designed to be inconspicuous when it is healed. Through the incision, Dr. Wardle can modify or remove parts of the muscles that cause frown lines, remove excess skin and lift your eyebrows to a more youthful level.
To see how a brow lift can improve your appearance, stand in front of a mirror. Place your hands approximately two to three inches above your brows. Gently pull the skin up to raise your brows and forehead. This is an approximation of how a brow lift will improve your appearance.