When the early signs of aging begin, they can appear in many different areas of the face, depending on the individual. However, there are some areas that tend to show age more quickly than others, which can lead to intervention in early middle age. The forehead is one area that tends to age quickly, and many people notice that the changes amount to more than just simple wrinkling. Forehead aging can lead to changes in expression, and an overall aged appearance which may make someone look much older than they are. Fortunately, there are a few solutions for brow aging, most prominently the brow lift. So what are some of the benefits of the brow lift that can improve facial aesthetics?
Because the signs of aging in the forehead can vary and cause a number of different issues, brow lift surgery can be a powerful tool in anti-aging. Here are some of the ways the procedure can help combat aging:
Reduce Horizontal Lines
One of the most obvious signs of aging in the brow are the horizontal wrinkles that appear early and deepen with time. Brow lift surgery can ease and smooth these lines for a more youthful appearance.
Improve Eye “Hooding”
When skin begins to sag in the forehead, gravity can push down on the eye area causing the brow to droop over the eyes, forming a “hooded” appearance. By lifting the brow, the eye area is also rejuvenated and appears more youthful.
Brighten Facial Expression
Eye hooding and furrowed brows can affect resting facial expressions, creating a perpetually tired, bored, grumpy, or otherwise negative and misleading appearance. These expressions can not only affect first impressions, but can also misrepresent the age and intentions of the person.
Tighten Sagging Skin
Even if sagging skin does not cause hooding over the eyes, a droopy brow can affect the length of the forehead and the overall appearance of the face. Brow lift surgery can help improve facial aesthetics simply by tightening sagging skin.
Brow lifts typically take about one to two hours to complete. Patients are put under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, and small incisions are made in the hairline for the surgeon to access the brow area. Excess fat and skin are removed, and the brow is tightened for a rejuvenated appearance.
While it will take some time for swelling, bruising, and numbness to subside following a brow lift, patients should be able to return to work within a week. Downtime following a brow lift is not exceptionally difficult, but patients can expect some discomfort, which can be at least partially controlled with medication.
Is It Right for You?
Only you and your plastic surgeon can make the decision as to whether a brow lift is the right choice for you. There are many anti-aging procedures available today, and what works for some patients will not work for others. For example, some patients might want to consider eyelid surgery over a brow lift, or even a full facelift. It all depends on your goals and level of aging.
While a brow lift is a good option for many people, others are not interested in surgery and prefer a temporary, non-invasive treatment. Injectable treatments such as Botox or dermal fillers can be good alternatives for a quick fix to forehead aging, depending on the progression of the aging process. These treatments are quick, involve only minimal discomfort, few side effects, and are generally at an accessible price point. In addition, most people are eligible for injectable treatments. The main downside to this option is that the effects are only temporary and must be repeated for continued results.
Talk to an Expert
If you’re ready to move forward with anti-aging procedures, then it’s time to speak with an expert about your options. You should always choose a board certified facial plastic surgeon for your procedures, as this indicates a superior level of knowledge and study into the field of facial aesthetics. A qualified surgeon can help you choose and plan your procedure, answer any specific questions you have, assess your candidacy, and help you get the great results you deserve.
If you are looking for a surgeon you can trust in Toronto, then come to Revesse and meet with acclaimed specialist Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey’s practice offers a wide range of facial procedures, while giving patients great results and compassionate care. Call 416-438-2499 today to schedule your consultation.