As many of us age, our face is one of the first areas that show visible signs of collagen loss and other age-related issues. The problems are most often noticeable around the eyes and eyebrows.
The skin begins to sag, and the eyebrows droop, giving the eyes the appearance of being shut or tired. Fortunately, modern medicine offers a solution. A brow lift can help to open the eyes, smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, and provide a more youthful, awake appearance to the face.
At Livingston Plastic Surgery, Dr. Christopher K. Livingston specializes in surgical and nonsurgical procedures for facial rejuvenation that can restore a youthful facial shape, skin tone, and symmetry. With extensive years of training and experience in multiple areas of plastic surgery, Dr. Livingston understands the importance a positive plastic surgery experience can have on his patient’s lives.
How Do Brow Lifts Work?
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure that aims to correct the appearance of “tired eyes” and “frown lines” where loose skin commonly begins to sag around the upper eyelids and across the forehead. The procedure requires one or more highly discrete incisions along the hairline, followed by the removal of any excess skin and tissue. With a surgical brow lift, some downtime can be expected, but you’ll be given explicit post-operative instructions to help promote complete healing and provide the refreshed results for which you’ve been looking.
What About an Eyelid Lift?
As rejuvenation for the upper area of the face, your treatment can be combined with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery. Many patients choose to combine their brow lift with eyelid lift for maximum effect. An eyelid lift, medically referred to as blepharoplasty, is a surgery intended to remove the excess fat and skin from around the eyelids that create dropping, sagging skin. It can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both.
Since your eyelids and eyebrows are entirely different muscle groups, when combining these procedures, they are considered separate. When consulting with Dr. Livingston, he will help you determine if you need to combine the procedures or have one or the other. In most cases, however, patients opt for having both of the operations simultaneously to obtain the best results to a natural and revitalized look around the eyes but with less downtime than having the procedures done at separate times.
Recovery After a Brow Lift or Eyelid Lift Surgery
Recovery after a brow lift or eyelid lift is relatively quick and easy. Swelling and bruising may last a few weeks following surgery, but you can use an ice pack to help diminish some of the swelling. You’ll be under strict post-operative guidelines by Dr. Livingston to help minimize any discomfort and to make scarring as unnoticeable as possible. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and protective sunglasses to help limit sun exposure to your skin and eyes.
Brow Lift Surgery in Houston, Texas
If you’re interested in a brow lift or an eyelid lift, or possibly a combination of both to help open your eyes for a more awake appearance, contact Livingston Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.