Our eyes are often the first to show the effects of our advancing years, but a brow lift can help to remove some of the evidence of the aging process. With age, gravity and the muscle action created by facial expressions combine to increase wrinkles in the forehead region and allow the eyebrows to droop. Lowering of the brows causes hooding of the upper eyelids which can lead to a chronic frown, scowl or unhappy look. If friends start to ask if you are worried about something or angry at them even when you are perfectly content, then it is time to consider a brow lift as a solution.
A brow lift serves to relieve these aging features of the upper face. Raising the eyebrows produces a more rested, pleasant look to the upper eyelids, and relaxing the frown and forehead muscles reduces frown lines and forehead lines. The result is a more youthful, relaxed look in the upper face. According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, board certified facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, a brow lift can provide several benefits:
• The reduction of frown lines
• Smoothing deep furrows of the forehead
• Lifting heavy or drooping eyebrows
• Opening the eye area
The procedure for a brow lift can differ from doctor to doctor but Dr. Dominic prefers to use a simple technique which leads to a shorter recover and maximal results. To begin the procedure, an incision is made in the scalp over the forehead, and the skin is lifted. The frown muscles are partially removed which eliminates the downward pull on the brows. The fibrous attachments of the brow are released so the brows can be lifted and repositioned. Finally, the excess skin is removed and the incision is closed.
This type of brow lift is done by a board-certified surgeon under local anesthesia in our fully accredited medical facility and takes just a couple of hours to complete. The recovery period is typically about 3 to 7 days following the surgery before the patient can resume normal activities. The procedure is extremely safe but patients may experience slight bruising and swelling which usually will subside over a couple of weeks.
The result is a fresher, younger appearance without the wrinkles above the eyes or the look of a perpetual scowl. The deep creases of the forehead are removed and the eyes appear more open and alert. Patients that undergo a brow lift often look naturally more vigorous and appear about 7 years younger than prior to the procedure.