Ask any of the top facial plastic surgeons in the nation to vote for the most underappreciated facial rejuvenation procedure, and chances are many of them will choose the brow lift, also called a forehead lift. Eyelid lifts, facelifts and injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic seem to grab all the limelight, when in reality, the brow lift can turn back the clock several years for the right patient.
If you’re thinking about cosmetic surgery and/or a non-invasive treatment to rejuvenate your face, make sure you understand what a brow lift is all about. Then you can consider whether the procedure might have a place in your strategy. Here are two powerful ways the lift can help you look younger:
Brow lift surgery does wonders for aging eyes. If your eyelids are droopy and you look tired, sad or angry, you’ve likely thought about having an eyelid lift. But consider this: your eyelids probably aren’t the only part of your face that has migrated southward. Raise your brow with your fingertips and you may see that your forehead could use a lift. Some people who think they need eyelid surgery would actually look more refreshed and natural with a brow lift.
Of course many patients will find their plastic surgeons recommend both procedures. In fact, if you have a droopy forehead and only undergo an eyelid lift, your eyebrows could end up looking unnaturally low and give your eyes a shadowed or hooded appearance.
Brow lifts also help smooth forehead wrinkles. It makes sense that elevating forehead skin would smooth those horizontal wrinkles that can look so prominent, but a brow lift also can reduce vertical wrinkles and crow’s feet. Since the forehead makes up approximately a third of the face, this wrinkle-smoothing effect can have a big overall impact.
People battling the signs of aging aren’t the only ones who can benefit from brow lifts. Many younger people who feel their eyebrows are unattractive may be candidates for the procedure. If Mother Nature gave your brows poor position relative to the rest of your features, a brow lift may be a good choice for you. And though you will experience the aging process as time goes by, your forehead will always be in a better position than it would have been without surgery.