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Eyebrow position changes as we age. Our natural eyebrow position, the effects of gravity and fat atrophy, how active our eyebrow and forehead muscles are, and previous eyelid, eyebrow or forehead surgeries (if applicable), all contribute to the position our eyebrows are in today.
The face sends a message, and the position of the eyebrows is a significant part of that message. That message could be, “I feel worried,” “I feel angry,” or “I feel stressed.” The message could also be, “I feel calm, rested, and relaxed.”
There are several types of eyebrow and forehead lifts. The type of surgery Dr. Glavas will recommend for you will depend on your current eyebrow position, facial structure, overall health status, gender, age, ethnic background and your preferences regarding downtime and surgical recovery. The main types of forehead lifting are as follows:
NON SURGICAL BROW LIFT
TRANSBLEPHAROPLASTY BROW LIFT
This is the least invasive procedure for lifting the brows and may be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Since the incision is the same one for a blepharoplasty (eye-lift) this procedure is most commonly performed in combination with an upper lid procedure. Patients usually return to their routine activities in less than 10 days.
ENDOSCOPIC BROW / FOREHEAD LIFT
The Endoscopic Eyebrow/ Forehead Lift is very popular. It requires 5 small incisions hidden in the hair and leaves no visible scar. This procedure can lift everything from the hairline to the eyebrows. It tightens and smooths the entire forehead while lifting the eyebrow area which “opens up” the entire upper face. Eyebrow shape and asymmetry can be addressed with this type of lift. Following the procedure there will be some bruising and swelling. Patients are usually comfortable returning to their normal routine activities in about 2 weeks.
PRETRICHIAL BROW / FOREHEAD LIFT
Because the forehead is shortened, the hairline is lowered which is ideal for those with a high forehead. This procedure lifts everything from the hairline down to the eyebrows and can address eyebrow shape and asymmetry. The scar from the incision, once healed, is virtually undetectable. Following the procedure there will be some bruising and swelling. Patients usually return to their normal daily routine in 2 – 3 weeks.
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The “Gull Wing” or DIRECT BROW LIFT
The “Gull Wing” beautifully lifts a sagging brow while tightening and smoothing the forehead by pulling the skin and tissue of the forehead down rather than up. It therefore lowers the hairline which is ideal for a receding hairline and/ or a high forehead (common problem in men).
This procedure also addresses eyebrow shape and asymmetry. Care is taken to position the scar just along the eyebrows so that it is maximally camouflaged. Patients will experience some bruising and swelling following the procedure. They are usually comfortable returning to their normal routine activities in about 2 weeks.