There is much more to aging than the formation of a few lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Even these cosmetic concerns relate to a bigger change, a shift in the very structure of the face. As we age, the V shape that holds the eyebrows high and the chin sharp drops. At some point, most people notice that their jawline looks soft and their eyes look heavy. More than appearing older, it is the appearance of fatigue and unfriendliness that causes dissatisfaction. In our St. Louis plastic surgery practice, a brow lift may be the ideal path to refresh the face.
What is a Brow Lift?
The eyes are not only affected by the literal weight and laxity of the upper eyelids but also by the position of the eyebrows. Most people have a slight degree of asymmetry from one brow to the other, some have a noticeable amount. Ideally, both eyebrows should rest on the upper orbital rim, the bony structure that surrounds the eye. If one or both brows droops below this ledge, the upper eyelids may look droopy and heavy. In severe cases, eyelid tissue can fall over the lashes and obstruct vision.
Usually, we look at eyelid rejuvenation and the benefits that stem from removing excess tissue from the upper eyelids. In some cases, what is really needed is a brow lift. The brow lift may involve one of several techniques depending on the degree of lift needed and the anatomical structure of the patient. However incisions are made (endoscopic, coronal, or other), the brow lift lifts tissue across the forehead and removes excess to achieve multiple improvements:
- Softer frown lines or elimination of the furrowed brow
- Reduction or elimination of worry lines on the forehead
- Perceived lift in the upper eyelids (brow lifts may also be combined with eyelid surgery)
- Friendlier, more open and vibrant eyes
- Improved eyebrow symmetry