Inland Empire, CA
It’s hard to feel like yourself when you’ve got a drooping brow. On any given moment, a drooping brow can make you look sad, angry, and tired, even if you feel perfectly fine. What’s worse is that a drooping brow is often accompanied by a wrinkled forehead that can make you look much older than you really feel.
Our brows sag because, after decades of aging, our skin loses its tight, elastic qualities. While our brows normally sit on the upper boundaries of the eye socket, a sagging forehead can cause the eyebrows to droop down farther or flatten in appearance.
You’re a vibrant person—don’t let a drooping brow obscure that. If you’re ready to reveal your livelier side, then a brow lift will be able to help you. A brow lift can lift sagging brows, smooth a wrinkled forehead, and help you achieve a more refreshed appearance.
Before & After
The Benefits of the Brow Lift
By lifting excess skin on the forehead and repositioning the brows, the brow lift can target a myriad of signs of aging; it can restore the arch to a flattened brow, prevent your eyes from being obscured, and smooth out a deeply wrinkled forehead.
A beautiful forehead should be smooth with no frown lines. Sagging skin of the forehead and temple areas only serve to reduce your overall youthful appearance. Your eyebrows should ideally sit slightly above the orbit of the eyes or eye sockets, with the tail end of your brows dropping off slightly as they curve around the forehead. Dr. Brian K. Machida understands how important your appearance is to you and is focused on creating aesthetically pleasing natural-looking results, be it from a brow lift or from any of the other cosmetic procedures he offers.
Who Is a Candidate for the Brow Lift?
Ideal candidates for the brow lift are patients who:
- Are relatively healthy
- Want to remove deep forehead wrinkles and brow furrows that make them look perpetually sad, angry, or tired
- Want to look and feel more youthful
- Have a substantial amount of sagging skin on the brows and forehead
- Are a non-smoker or willing to quit before the surgery
- Have their vision obscured by drooping brows
- Have a normal hairline to camouflage the incisions
The Brow Lift Procedure
Dr. Machida performs two different techniques for his brow lift: the traditional brow lift and the lateral brow lift. During your consultation, Dr. Machida will thoroughly analyze your facial anatomy and brow line to determine which technique to use. Both techniques will be performed using local anesthesia, and each can be performed in Dr. Machida’s private surgical center.
Because he finds it the most effective brow lift, Dr. Machida performs the direct brow lift the most often. In a direct brow lift, Dr. Machida will make an incision at the top of the eyebrows. Then, he’ll lift the forehead skin and its underlying tissues. He’ll also remove any excess skin and fat to make sure the brows look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. The eyebrows will be tightened and sutured into a more youthful position.
After the direct brow lift, any scarring from the incision will be hidden by the eyebrows.
In a traditional brow lift, Dr. Machida will make an incision behind or along the hairline. Then, he’ll lift the forehead skin and its underlying tissues. He’ll also remove any excess skin and fat to make sure the brows look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. The forehead will be tightened and sutured into a more youthful position.
After the brow lift, any scarring from the incision will be hidden by the hairline.
Sometimes, a patient only needs to lift the outer portion of their brows. In that case, a lateral brow lift might be more apt. In a lateral brow lift, an incision will be made on the temples near the hairline. Then, Dr. Machida will elevate the outer edge of the brows. The lateral brow lift is minimally invasive and has a shorter recovery time than a traditional brow lift.
If the patient wants, the lateral brow lift can be easily combined with other surgical procedures like facelift surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Brow Lift
The brow lift can be easily combined with other procedures like eyelid surgery, facelift surgery, and injectables. While a brow lift can improve the look of your forehead and eyebrows, performing the procedure alone may not address all the signs of aging affecting you. By combining a brow lift with other complementary procedures you can improve the entirety of your face; allowing you to achieve aesthetic symmetry.
You can perform a quick-and-easy test to determine if a brow lift or blepharoplasty is right for you. First, while looking in the mirror, use your fingers to lift up your brows until they look normal in appearance. Make sure you’re not making yourself look too surprised. If this lifts most of the skin around your upper eyelid, then a brow lift may be adequate to rejuvenate your face. If there is still excess skin around your eyes after you lift your brows, you may need eyelid surgery, too.During your consultation, Dr. Machida can help you decide which procedures you need.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is often considered complementary to a brow lift, as the aging process can be most notable around the eye area. Simply opting to undergo a brow lift can leave behind saggy eyelid tissue, causing asymmetry of your skin’s look and texture. By combining both procedures, the eyebrows can be properly elevated, frown lines surgically reduced, and remaining loose skin and protruding fat pads addressed; leaving a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
While there are risks associated with any type of invasive surgery, complications during brow lift surgery are rare. Dr. Machida will ensure that safety is his main priority for all patients that choose to be under his care. A comprehensive medical history and exam will take place before the surgery is scheduled and precautions are taken to reduce any sort of complication from occurring.
That said, there is still the possibility that a brow lift may lead to irritation of the nerve that provides sensation to the forehead, uncontrolled bleeding, and asymmetry between two sides. However, many of these complications are often short-lived, resolving on their own without lasting consequences.
Patients will be able to go home immediately after their brow lift. During their recovery, many of our patients will experience some level of soreness, swelling, and discomfort. After a traditional brow lift, patients typically have some numbness around the incision sites for several months.
Patients are asked to sleep on their back and keep their head elevated for the first week of their recovery. Patients should also expect to take a week off from work to recover from the brow lift.
There is a somewhat quicker recovery if you undergo a lateral brow lift, but it’s best to have Dr. Machida clear you before returning to your work or daily activities.
Are There Non-Surgical Options for a Brow Lift?
While getting a brow lift can be a great option to reverse wrinkling and regaining tone and shape to your brow, other non-surgical options exist. Or perhaps the appearance of your saggy eyebrows and problematic areas isn’t convincing enough to justify surgery at this time. During these times of doubt, Dr. Machida’s expert counsel may help you make a better cosmetic decision for what will work best for you and your comfort levels.
BOTOX®® and other dermal fillers might be just what you are looking for. These products are specifically designed to erase wrinkles and provide volume to your face, without the need for invasive surgery. While only temporary, these non-surgical options can still be very effective, lasting up to a year in some cases. BOTOX® and dermal filler can allow you to regain your youthful appearance with minimal investment.
Brian K. Machida, MD, FACS
Located in the Heart of Inland Empire
Restored Faces…Transformed Lives. Excellence, experience, caring, professionalism, and amazing results are all part of the experience you’ll receive as part of your incredible experience at STC Plastic Surgery