As you age, you don’t have to worry about leaving the good looks of your youth behind. With the help of a skilled cosmetic surgeon like those at Sule Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX, you can turn back the clock on aging and restore some of your youthful appearance with a brow lift. Of course, it’s possible to combine more than one cosmetic procedure to achieve a greater effect.
What Is a Brow Lift?
This surgery is intended to rejuvenate the face above the eyes and restore a smoother, more youthful appearance that better reflects your natural mood. The procedure works by removing excess sagging skin and repositioning underlying muscle and other tissues in the forehead. The procedure can be effective at correcting a heavy, sagging brow, deep wrinkles that come with a furrowed brow, and restore the smooth, youthful contour to the upper third of your face.
Can You Combine Facelift and Brow Lift Procedures?
Not only is it possible to combine facelift and brow lift procedures, but it’s also actually quite a popular choice. A facelift typically focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face, including the cheeks, chin, and neck areas. A brow lift works on the upper third of the face, including the forehead and the skin between the eyes. Combining the two procedures makes for a complete cosmetic rejuvenation for most of the face.
Why Have a Brow Lift?
The upper third of your face plays a major role in your facial expressions. When you have a sagging, furrowed brow, it can cause you to look angrier, more worried, or more tired than you actually are. Some people are genetically predisposed to having a heavier brow and often look like they’re in a bad mood even when they aren’t. The procedure directly addresses the issue of a heavy, furrowed brow–whether it’s due to age or genetics–and helps you enjoy a more naturally refreshed appearance.
Once your brow is corrected, others may find you more approachable as you no longer look uncharacteristically angry or tired. Your eyes will appear brighter and more alert since they’re no longer sitting beneath a load of excess skin, and a thick, furrowed brow will not have you constantly looking worried.
What Types of Are There?
There’s more than one technique that cosmetic surgeons use for this procedure. The technique that works best will depend on your own unique goals, anatomy, and the extent of the corrections that are necessary to achieve the desired results.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
The endoscopic method is becoming a popular technique for this procedure. It’s far less invasive than other techniques and the results it can achieve can be just as good.
During an endoscopic procedure, your surgeon will make several short incisions–about three-quarters of an inch–just behind your hairline. Through the use of thin tools and a very small camera, your surgeon will reposition the muscles and lift the underlying tissues of the forehead. They will remove any excess fat or other tissues as necessary to achieve your desired result of a smoother, more youthful brow.
Temporal or Limited Incision Brow Lift
This version of the procedure involves somewhat longer incisions than the endoscopic variety and is often performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery. The incisions are about 1 inch long and are made behind the hairline just above each temple. It is through these incisions that your surgeon will lift and reposition the tissues in your brow area. Unlike the endoscopic version, different tools will be used since the incisions are larger. When performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery, the incisions made for the eyelid procedure will be used to smooth out the area between the eyebrows.
Classic or Coronal Brow Lift
The coronal brow lift was the original standard technique used by cosmetic surgeons to work on the upper third of the face. However, it has fallen out of favor in recent years because similar results can be obtained with less invasive procedures. However, sometimes, in order to achieve a patient’s desired results, a coronal procedure is still required.
It involves one long incision made behind the hairline and extending from one ear to another. Excess skin, fat, and other tissues are removed and what remains is repositioned, providing the rejuvenated, youthful appearance you desire.
What Is Recovery Like?
As an outpatient procedure, the surgery is usually performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. How long the surgery takes will depend largely on the type of procedure used as well as whether another procedure is being performed at the same time. The incisions are closed using either sutures or staples which are often removed about a week or so after surgery.
There is typically very little post-surgical pain. However, it’s common to feel slight discomfort and a sensation of tightness throughout the forehead area. The most common experiences after the procedure include swelling and bruising. They usually appear within the first 10 days after surgery and dissipate after about 2 weeks.
The timeline regarding when you can return to your normal activity levels will depend a lot on whether you had any additional procedures done at the same time.
How Long Do Surgery Results Last?
When you have your procedure done by an experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeon, the effects of your procedure will last for years. Remember, though, that while cosmetic procedures can help reverse the effects of aging, they can’t stop the aging process entirely. Eventually, the tissues of your forehead will settle back to a place similar to where they were before.
You can help keep your results looking great by living healthily. Always wear sunscreen when you leave the house (even in winter) to mitigate some of the sun’s damage to your skin. Eat healthy foods that contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. Also, if you haven’t already, quit smoking. Tobacco smoke promotes drying of the skin and constriction of the blood vessels–both of which can expedite the effects of aging.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a cosmetic surgery that lifts and firms sagging facial tissues to restore a natural-looking, youthful appearance. While there’s no way to “turn back the clock,” a facelift is the next best thing. By removing excess sagging skin, smoothing deep lines, and lifting and tightening your deep facial tissues, a facelift will not only help you look younger but healthier, too.
Why Have a Facelift?
Our skin loses its elasticity as we age, and our facial tissues lose volume. Over time, “jowls” can form on the lower face, lines become deep wrinkles, and neck skin becomes loose and saggy. These things happen to everyone eventually since they’re normal effects of aging. Some people are bothered by these natural occurrences and believe that a facelift will help them feel more comfortable in their own skin. For many, facelifts don’t just make them look better, but increase their self-confidence since their appearance more closely aligns with the mental image they have of themselves.
Types of Facelifts
Like many cosmetic surgeries, a facelift procedure is individualized to fit a patient’s needs. As such, there are a few different techniques that a surgeon can use to best accommodate their patient.
A person who is exhibiting relatively minor degrees of saggy skin and jowling may be a good candidate for a mini-facelift. Mini-facelifts are less invasive than their counterparts and allow a surgeon to tighten deep facial tissues using shorter incisions. The incisions are usually placed along the hairline above each ear and/or in the creases surrounding the ear.
These incisions, while small, are where the surgeon will access the deep structural tissues of the cheeks. By doing so, they can lift and tighten the tissue to correct jowling, create a sharper jawline, and help rejuvenate the patient’s appearance.
Since the procedure is minimally invasive, some patients may be eligible to have their mini-facelift performed using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Speak with your surgeon about your options. They will be able to recommend the best one for your specific needs.
Mini-facelifts are great for people who want to address unwelcome signs of aging before they become too readily apparent and can postpone the need for more intensive surgery for several years.
For those who are experiencing moderate-to-severe effects of aging, a “traditional” or “standard” facelift may be the best option. It’s a much more extensive procedure than a mini-facelift and provides more dramatic results. The surgeon will place the incisions just behind the hairline. They will start at the temples and continue around the front of the ear, remaining hidden in the natural skin folds.
Through these incisions, a cosmetic surgeon will reposition the deeper facial tissues beneath the skin, remove excess skin, smooth creases, eliminate jowling and sagging skin around the neck and under the chin, and restore the natural, youthful contour of the patient’s face and neck.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Facelifts are nothing if not complex procedures and they require a skilled hand to be successfully performed. However, despite the difficulty of the procedure, recovery is relatively quick for most patients. For many patients, strenuous exercise will need to be avoided for around 4 weeks, but they can return to most normal activities after as little as two weeks following a standard procedure.
When recovering from a less invasive mini-facelift, recovery times are typically shorter. It’s important to note that everyone heals a little different and that your surgeon will give you much more detailed information about recovery and aftercare.
How Long Does a Facelift Last?
A facelift is a special kind of surgery. It’s designed to not only make you look naturally youthful in the days, weeks, and months following the procedure, but also to age naturally with you. As mentioned above, nothing can stop the aging process from occurring, but once you have a facelift, you should always look younger than you did before you had the surgery.
To keep your facelift in prime condition, be careful to maintain a stable weight. When your weight fluctuates, it causes your skin to stretch out, which can lead to more wrinkles and/or excess, saggy skin.
You’ll also want to adopt a consistent skincare regimen designed to keep your skin healthy, moisturized, and protected. Finally, remember to always use sunblock. The sun’s UV rays are far and away the biggest contributor to premature aging.
Get the Face You Remember
If you’re unhappy with your appearance due to the effects of aging and you’re interested in what the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon can do for you, contact Sule Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX today!