Forehead & Eyebrow Problems and Aging

The normal aging process can affect the face in many areas-including the forehead and eyebrows! Forehead and eyebrow aging changes are sometimes hastened by a lot of sun and wind exposure or just by the pull of gravity. Aging of the forehead area and eyebrows can result in forehead furrows, “frown lines”, wrinkling across the forehead and a “heaviness” of the eyebrows making them a bit droopy. Sagging eyebrows can make you project a tired, sad or even grumpy appearance.

About Forehead & Eyebrow Lifts
A forehead lift, or “browlift,” is a procedure that we use to restore a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. A forehead lift is often performed in patients in the 35-65 age range to minimize the visible effects of aging. It can also help people of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity. Some individuals with inherited low, heavy brows or furrowed lines above the nose can also achieve a more alert and refreshed look with this procedure. A forehead or brow lift may be combined with eyelid surgery such as blepharoplasty to provide the best results for a more harmonious, youthful appearance. We find that sometimes patients who seek consultation for an upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery find that a forehead lift better meets their personal appearance goals. The surgical objective of a browlift is to tighten excess loose skin, smooth forehead wrinkling and modify drooping brows in order to create a smoother brow and a more youthful expression. The primary goal, in most patients, is to rejuvenate the eyes, making them look more rested and youthful. Having a thorough and careful consultation will help us identify your areas of concern and personal goals.

When to Consider Forehead & Eyebrow Lifts
Patients who might find a brow lift beneficial are typically concerned about having a sad expression due to the outside of their brow sagging or those who have an angry expression because their central brow hangs or droops downward. Others who can benefit from brow lifts are unhappy with the presence of “frown lines” on their forehead, women who have difficulty applying makeup to their upper eyelid as the surface has been obscured by droopy skin and those who can see a pleasant improvement in appearance by gently lifting the skin above their eyebrows. For some, combining a brow lift with a blepharoplasty has a major benefit as it allows us to improve baggy tissue and crow’s feet providing a much happier overall look.

About Endoscopic Browlift
Dr. Sierra performs browlift surgery exclusively using a minimally invasive endoscopic browlift surgery technique rather than a traditional browlift procedure. Traditional browlift surgery can be excellent for most patients however it can be associated with some numbness of the scalp and may have a slightly longer recovery time due to larger incisions. An endoscopic browlift is typically performed through 2-5 one centimeter incisions placed behind the hairline to elevate the entire forehead and brows. Most patients like this method because it is not as invasive as the traditional browlift procedures and has a much faster recovery time with far fewer risks.