Brow Lift Surgery in LA, SF and Orange County
The brow and forehead area is often the first part of our body to clearly show the signs of aging. Heaviness and drooping of the eyebrows can give us a tired, and sometimes even an angry or depressed look. Drooping of the eyebrows may also produce heaviness of the upper eyelids, possibly causing hooding of the upper lid skin if you have an existing supratarsal fold.
Everything You Need to Know about Endoscopic Brow Lifts
A brow lift, also sometimes called a forehead lift, revitalizes the appearance of the face above the eyes. The aging process causes the skin on the forehead to droop. This can alter your facial expression and give off the appearance of frowning or looking dissatisfied, exhausted or anxious.
A brow lift removes excess sagging, skin and repositions the underlying tissues. A brow lift can correct age lines and restore a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Benefits of a Brow Lift and Forehead Lift
As the brow sags and causes hooding of the upper eyelid, you may tend to unconsciously elevate your eyebrows, which causes both dynamic and static horizontal lines to appear on the forehead. Repeated frowning can also cause deep vertical creases to form between the eyebrows – these are often referred to as frown lines or 11’s. Sagging of the skin in the corners of the brow also increases the appearance of the crow’s feet.
By repositioning the brow to a more natural position, the eyes will appear larger, more vibrant, and less tired. The position of the brow is different in men and women. Our Los Angeles area plastic surgeons are skilled in evaluating each individual patient to determine a necessary position of the brow for their unique facial structure and situation.
Having a browlift can help correct issues such as:
If you are currently unhappy with your appearance due to one or more of the above issues, a brow lift may help to provide you with a brighter look that can often result in a boost of your self-confidence.
The Two Types of Brow Lifts
Endoscopic Brow Lifts with Endotine
An endoscopic brow lift or commonly known as endobrow lift is a technique perfected at Wave Plastic Surgery by Dr. Peter Lee. The majority of patients considering a brow lift are candidates for this less-invasive technique. Rather than making a long, extended incision, Dr. Lee will make several small incisions within the hairline for minimum visibility. Then, using a small telescopic camera and special surgical instruments, the entire forehead is mobilized while visualizing it on a monitor. This frees up the forehead, so that we may move the brow upwards without much tension. Also, in conjunction, the corrugator muscles are transected to smoothen any vertical lines between the eyebrows.
To keep the brow in its new position, Dr. Lee uses a special device called ENDOTINE to fix the forehead tissue to the bone. This device dissolves on its own after several months so that there is no permanent foreign body beneath your skin. The new position of your brow is kept with reattachment of the entire undermined surface. The advantages of endoscopic brow lift are minimal scarring, minimal discomfort and a speedy recovery time.
Dr. Peter Lee, MD FACS is one of the few certified Endotine Advanced Surgeon Trainers.
Open Brow Lift Surgery
An open brow lift may be necessary if you’re suffering from excessive brow ptosis with excess skin. This surgery is accomplished by making an incision across the top of your head just behind the headline. The incision will be camouflaged within your hair, but we will not likely need to shave any during your surgery.
Like the endoscopic method, the forehead soft tissue is elevated, but under direct vision. For people with frown lines, the corrugator muscle is transected as well. Your surgeon will excise any excess skin in order to address sagging of your brow. Using this technique, the forehead can be lengthened or shortened. Again, the final strength of the repositioned forehead is achieved by the attachment of the undermined surface to the new position using the ENDOTINE device. The advantage of this procedure is that maximum benefits can be obtained for patients with severe ptosis of the forehead and excess skin.
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