Have forehead creases and a sagging brow left you with a perpetually grumpy appearance? A brow lift performed by The Mack Cosmetic Center in Tampa, FL, can tighten up loose skin on the forehead and restore the brows to their natural position, giving you a more youthful, alert appearance. And the results will be long-lasting.
Is a Brow Lift Permanent?
A brow lift, which is also referred to as a forehead lift, can ease forehead lines and furrows, lift brows, and minimize other signs of aging in the forehead and along the browline. We accomplish this by adjusting the muscles in the upper face through incisions that are made while you are comfortably anesthetized.
The improvements we make to your brow will be permanent, but you won’t be immune to the ongoing effects of aging. Gravity will continue to take its toll, and your skin will continue to naturally age. Still, most patients enjoy a visible improvement in the upper portion of their face for at least 10 to 12 years. It helps if you avoid excessive sun exposure and have healthy lifestyle habits.
What Happens During a Brow Lift?
There are a couple of different techniques that can be used, but our practice specializes in endoscopic lifts, which involve several small incisions behind the hairline. Working through those incisions, we’ll use an endoscope and tiny instruments to remove extra fat and reposition tissue and muscles in a way that minimizes lines. Your hairline won’t be altered.
The endoscopic approach is less invasive and offers a speedier recovery than the traditional coronal forehead lift, which involves an incision that ran along the full length of the hairline. We usually perform endoscopic lifts at an outpatient surgery using twilight anesthesia. The entire treatment takes about an hour to perform, and you’ll be able to head home afterward to rest.
Can Other Treatments Be Incorporated?
Facelifts, laser skin resurfacing, and eyelid surgery can be combined with a forehead lift, depending on the patient’s cosmetic goals. We also offer dermal fillers, which some patients use as a way of complementing their lift results.
How Much of a Recovery Can I Expect?
Patients often spend about a week recovering at home. We usually recommend that patients keep their head elevated and avoid rigorous exercise, bending, and lifting while they recover.
When Will I See My Results?
You’ll see an improvement in the look of your brow right away, and your results will continue to improve over the next couple of months.
Will I Have Any Scarring?
The incisions we make will be small, and they will be behind the hairline, which means you will have no visible scarring. Following our post-treatment recommendations is also a good way to ensure the best possible results.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Your Brow Line Is Drooping
Candidates for this treatment are concerned about a heaviness or droopiness along the brow line that in some cases results in the brow hanging over the eyelids. Deep forehead furrows and frown lines between the eyebrows are also symptoms lift candidates frequently worry about. If you’re unhappy with these symptoms, which can give you a constant tired or frustrated look, a forehead lift may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
You Are Struggling To See
For some patients, droopiness along the brow line is more than a cosmetic concern. Low eyebrows can start to impede vision, and restoring the brow line to its natural position can make it easier to see.
You Are in Good Health
Patients should be in good overall health. You should also be a non-smoker, or be capable of refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after the treatment.
You Are Realistic About the Treatment
The ideal patient has a realistic understanding of what this treatment involves and the degree of improvement it is capable of offering. Patients should also be able to adhere to our pre- and post-treatment recommendations.
What Causes Forehead Wrinkles?
Some patients are genetically predisposed to a low or heavy browline, but drooping and wrinkling in the upper face develop most often as part of the aging process. As we age, collagen levels decline and our skin becomes less elastic. All of the facial expressions we make each day, including squinting, frowning, laughing, and even yawning begin to take a toll on the skin.
Patients sometimes turn to botulinum toxin injections, which can smooth over lines and creases and tighten the skin. But botulinum toxin injections need to be repeated every several months, while a forehead lift offers permanent results. A forehead lift can also offer a comprehensive renewal of the upper face, rather than tackling a single wrinkle or two.
Why Should I Consider This Treatment?
It Will Enhance Your Face
The brows are one of our most defining features, and restoring the natural contours in this area by lifting sagging skin can result in a better framing of your face. Your brows will once again have a natural arch, and your face may appear more refined and balanced. You’ll appear rested, relaxed, and youthful. Some patients even notice that their eyes appear more vibrant because light can now reach them.
It Will Help You Appear More Approachable
Do friends and family sometimes ask you why you’re so tired or why you’re upset? A perpetually sagging brow can send incorrect signals about how you’re feeling. It can also make you appear less approachable. A forehead lift can clear those issues up, improving non-verbal communication and helping you appear more approachable.
It Will Renew Your Confidence
Once you’ve undergone a forehead lift, you’ll feel great about the way you look, and your self-confidence will enjoy a boost. You’ll find that you no longer hide behind scarves, hats, and large sunglasses, allowing your natural beauty and personality to shine through.
It Offers Natural Results
A brow lift offers natural results that enhance your face. You won’t have to worry about significant changes in your features or looking artificial. Instead, this treatment helps turn back the clock to a more youthful you by subtly lifting and tightening the brow and forehead. Patients who have had this treatment are also able to continue moving their forehead normally, so there should be no change in your natural facial expressions or movement.
Does a Forehead Lift Always Involve Raising the Brows?
Not every lift elevates the browline. A brow lift focuses on renewing the upper face, and it is customized to each patient’s concerns. In some cases, a forehead lift focuses exclusively on eliminating the vertical creases between the brows or tackling other folds and bagginess.
Is This Treatment for Both Men and Women?
A forehead lift can be performed on both male and female patients. The two genders often have different cosmetic goals. Men, for example, are frequently looking for more definition in their features. We will design a treatment plan that will best address each individual’s facial anatomy and aesthetic goals.
At What Age Should This Be Performed?
Because this treatment is most commonly sought out by individuals who are experiencing age-related drooping, patients are frequently between the age of 40 and 60. However, we also treat younger individuals who are genetically predisposed to brow droopiness. Adults of all ages can enjoy the benefits of a lifted and more defined brow line.
How Does This Treatment Differ From Eyelid Surgery?
The difference between a forehead lift and eyelid surgery is the facial feature that is being addressed. A forehead lift focuses on the brow line and the forehead above. Eyelid surgery specifically addresses the lids with the goal usually being to reduce puffiness, fine lines, and drooping. Our practice offers both of these treatments, and some patients opt to have them performed in combination.
Does Health Insurance Cover This?
Health insurance may cover a forehead lift when it is performed to correct visual impairment. If the lift is being done for purely cosmetic reasons, it may not be covered. It’s best to check your coverage with your provider before scheduling treatment.
Could a Brow Lift Be for You?
Would you like to turn back the clock for a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance? Lifting drooping eyelids and smoothing over forehead lines and creases with a forehead lift can noticeably improve your appearance, and the results will be permanent. This treatment may even help you see better. Get started today! Call The Mack Cosmetic Center in Tampa, FL, and schedule your initial consultation!