When most patients think "facelift," they are usually considering some modification of their cheeks, jowls, and neck. However, no one aspect of a patient's face ages in isolation. It is important that your doctor understands your face in terms of balance and symmetry. To this end, some patients may benefit greatly from a brow lift.
Signs of aging appear on a person's brow and forehead as deep horizontal or "frown lines." A fallen brow can also manifest as difficulty seeing as upper eyelid skin is pushed into a patients visual field. Patients sometime believe that an upper eyelid lift can solve all their problems when they truly need a brow lift. A properly trained plastic surgeon can make this distinction.
Traditionally brow lifts involved an incision behind the hairline, sometimes resulting in a visible scar or altered sensation. For this reason, many patients, especially those that know a colleague or family member who had this type of surgery, are reluctant to undergo a brow lift. Utilizing today's technology, however, Dr. Webb is able to provide this surgery using small incisions and an endoscope which allows internal viewing of the area on a television screen. We gently raise the skin of your forehead, and then manipulate the muscles of the area to maintain the effects. Through this internal viewing, we are also able to permanently manipulate many of the brow muscles that otherwise require frequent and costly Botox® treatments.
For the proper candidate, Dr. Webb also offers an even less invasive brow lift that utilizes an upper eyelid incision. This is a fantastic option for those candidates with minimal to moderate brow descent and is usually done as an adjunct to upper eyelid rejuvenation (blepharoplasty).
When you come in for a consultation and meet our plastic surgeon, he will determine if a brow lift or forehead lift is right for you and which procedure is the correct option.