Gravity is a tireless worker, never taking a day off. It affects all of the tissue on our bodies, but some areas show its effects more than others. Our brows, the area above our eyebrows and our forehead, is one of those. As our brows descend due to the natural slackening of our skin and underlying support tissues, coupled with the downward pull of gravity, they can give our eyes an almost hooded appearance. This ages our facial appearance, and it can give the impression of the person being perpetually tired or perpetually angry.
A brow lift with Dr. Kearney can elevate the brows and rejuvenate the entire upper third of the face.
What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is a surgical procedure that focuses on the forehead and the brows. This surgery brings the skin back up and adjusts the underlying muscles to smooth brow furrows, deep forehead lines, frown lines, and heavy, sagging brows. By elevating these areas, brow lifts give the patient a more alert, refreshed appearance.
Brow Lift candidacy in San Diego & La Jolla
There isn’t an age restriction for this procedure, but most of our brow lift patients from all over the San Diego area are between the ages of 50 and 65, have sagging brows and aging forehead skin. The goal of this procedure is to elevate the brows and erase the lines and creases on the forehead. You may be a candidate for a forehead lift (brow lift) if:
- You have deep lines or creases along your forehead
- Your brow area, eyebrows or forehead sags making you look tired, sad or angry
If you’d like an easy way to get a preview of what a brow lift can do, try this. Stand in front of a mirror and take the lower palms of your hands and place them just above your eyebrows on each side of your head. Now pull those palms up and away from your eyes. This is in line with what a brow lift will do.
At what age should I consider having a Brow Lift?
Age isn’t the determination here, it’s how the sagging of your brows and forehead skin is aging your face. In different people this happens at different rates at different ages. There is definitely a genetic predisposition toward having deeply sagging brows. If you’ve been noticing people are more often asking you if you’re tired or mistakenly assuming you’re somehow irritated when you aren’t, it could be time to consider this surgery with Dr. Kearney.
The Brow Lift Procedure
Forehead lifts are often performed at the same time as facelifts but not always. The intended result is to improve the appearance of deep lines or wrinkles on the forehead and to achieve a more elevated brow giving the patient a more youthful and rested appearance.
Forehead lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia. They can be performed endoscopically or as an open procedure. There are also “mini” versions of a brow lift that requires a shorter incision and simply gives some elevation to the brow area. Endoscopic procedures are done using smaller incisions in the hairline and recovery is quicker with much less scarring and potential for hair loss. An open brow lift is performed in some cases and the incision is made across the top of the scalp from the top of one ear to the other. Sometimes the incision will be made at the front of the hairline so as not to disturb the position of the hair. Excess skin is pulled up and removed and then either stapled or sutured to affix the skin and underlying tissue to its new position. The exact procedure that is right for you will be determined by you and Dr. Kearney during your consultation.
Brow Lift Recovery
Dr. Kearney performs brow lifts under local anesthesia with mild sedation or general anesthesia if you prefer. You may go home the same day. Most patients return to work about 1 week after the procedure and can resume normal activity within 3-4 weeks.
Video: Dr. Kearney Discusses Brow Lift Surgery
San Diego brow lift surgeon, Dr. Kearney, discusses his forehead lift procedure techniques and results.
What results can I expect from a brow lift?
The goal is a brow lift is to give permanent improvement to the transverse lines and frown lines of the forehead. These procedures smooth forehead lines and raise the brows, giving you a younger, more alert appearance. By elevating the underlying support tissues, Dr. Kearney is able to return your brows to a position they occupied when you were younger. This can make a huge difference if your sagging brows have been making you look tired and angry or irritated.
When will I see my results?
Your results are immediate, although they will be masked for some time by the swelling and bruising. Still, after 10 days or so, you’ll get a real idea of the improvements. You’ll look more alert and younger. As any lingering swelling completely resolves, your results will continue to improve. From there, you will still age on your brows, but the sagging and development of forehead lines will never remotely approach where they were previously.
How long will the results from my brow lift last?
Your reduction of transverse and frown lines on your forehead will be permanent; they will never be as severe again. However, your brows will continue to descend with age. Your best results will be visible for 10-15 years, but your sagging will never again approach the severity that made you opt to have this surgery.
What will my scarring be like after a brow lift?
Because Dr. Kearney is typically able to use endoscopic methods for these procedures, the incisions are quite small, and they are hidden in the hairline. Scarring is not a problem with these surgeries.