Candidates for a Brow Lift
By Rodolfo Castillo Calderón on May 27, 2014
Youth and beauty often go hand in hand. Many of the defining features of a youthful face - smooth skin, facial volume, wide eyes - are also perceived as attractive for men and women alike. As people grow older, these features tend to become less prominent as they are replaced or masked by various signs of aging. For those who wish to delay these changes and reclaim a visage of beauty, facial plastic surgery can temporarily turn the clock back multiple years.
In many cases, patients may seek a cheek augmentation or facelift to accentuate their mid- to lower-facial features. But for problems that exist primarily above the eyes, a brow lift is a more suitable procedure. Take a moment to learn what a brow lift can do for you, and whether you may be a suitable candidate for this procedure, as offered by our Tijuana practice.
Problems Fixed by a Brow Lift
A brow lift allows patients to address multiple signs of aging around the forehead and directly above the eyes. These problems are typically caused by changes to the skin and underlying tissues as a result of age. By tightening the skin and removing excess fat and muscle, patients can address the following concerns:
- Loose or sagging skin
- A heavy, drooping brow
- Forehead wrinkles
- Furrows between the eyebrows
- Heavy upper eyelids
As its name suggests, the procedure literally lifts the brow upward, creating a younger and more alert appearance. While this usually raises the upper eyelids a bit, patients should take note that a brow lift will only improve eyelids that suffer from a heavy brow. If a patient’s vision is obstructed from excess skin and fat within the upper eyelid itself, he or she would benefit from eyelid surgery in lieu of (or alongside) a brow lift.
Good Candidates for a Brow Lift
Patients will benefit from a brow lift if they exhibit any of the aforementioned cosmetic problems around the brow, and thus wish to achieve a more rejuvenated appearance. Such patients should understand that a brow lift can produce very effective results to this end, but cannot stop the effects of aging indefinitely. On average, the results of treatment are noticeable for about 10 years, at which point loose skin, wrinkles, and similar effects begin to return to the face.
Most patients who undergo a brow lift are in their 40s and 50s, as these are the ages where such changes to the face begin to truly set in. However, some patients may experience these changes at an earlier age, or may decide to counteract them later in life, perhaps in their 60s. As long as a patient is healthy enough to undergo treatment with few risk facts, and has reasonable expectations for the results, he or she will likely be a good candidate for a brow lift.
Risks and Medical Considerations
Post-surgical complications are rare for brow lift surgery, and when they do occur, they are usually matters of inconvenience or discomfort, as opposed to severe medical concerns. Still, it is important to mitigate any possible risk factors before surgery by discussing your general health and medical history with your plastic surgeon.
Examples of risk factors for surgery include heart disease, high blood pressure, tobacco use, uncontrolled diabetes, and lung, kidney, or liver conditions. Due to the area of incisions, patients should also realize that a full head of hair and relatively low hairline will best be able to conceal scarring. For a more detailed understanding of whether you can safely undergo a brow lift, speak with your surgeon.
Speak with Dr. Castillo
Dr. Castillo is ready to discuss your goals for surgery and any questions you may have. By coming in for an initial consultation, you can learn exactly what to expect from a brow lift in addition to any alternative facial surgery options. Call us today to set up an appointment.
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