Gravity is the ultimate superhero. No one beats it, especially your skin and underlying muscle tissue on your face. The stresses of everyday life don’t help, either.
The results show everywhere, including your forehead. On your forehead those issues — sagging skin, lines, drooping brows — can give people dealing with you the wrong impression. Aging brows can make them think you’re perpetually tired, sad, even angry. And you may have just hit atwo-foot powder day at Alta!
But a brow lift with Dr. Saltz can put an end to these false impressions, giving your upper face a more youthful appearance.
Since brow lifts target the upper third of the face, the procedure can be combined with other surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelifts (which target the middle and lower face) to rejuvenate the entire face.
Would a brow lift help you?
Sagging brows can be just a sign of age, or they can be something to thank your mother for! Most of our brow lift patients at Saltz Plastic Surgery are between the ages of 40 and 60 and feature lined or inelastic skin on their foreheads.
You can kind of demo a brow lift. Stand in front of the mirror and place the palms of your hands to the sides of your eyes above the eyebrows. Now pull the skin back from the eyes. That tightened skin and raising of the forehead is basically what a brow lift will accomplish.
Two techniques to fit your situation
Dr. Saltz performs brow lifts with two techniques: the traditional (also call coronal) brow lift or the endoscopic brow lift. Most of our brow lifts are the endoscopic variety, but we’ll discuss which method is right for you.
Traditional brow lift — Before endoscopes became so effective, this was the only way to perform a brow lift. This method uses a coronal incision that stretches from just above the ear across the top of the forehead and down to the other ear. The incision is made within hairline but may be placed further back to minimize visibility in patients with thinning hair. Next, the forehead skin is lifted, tissue removed, muscles adjusted, and the eyebrows may be lifted. Excess skin is trimmed, and the incision is closed.
Endoscopic brow lift — In this method, Dr. Saltz makes from three to five short incisions, each less than one inch, behind the hairline. Then an endoscope is inserted into one of the incisions. The endoscope enables Dr. Saltz to see beneath the skin without making the long incision of the traditional method. Through the other incisions he then lifts the skin, removes tissue, and adjusts muscles as needed.
With both methods, there will be numbness and discomfort at the incision sites. Numbness will give way to itching as the forehead heals. This usually passes within six months. The swelling does take time to fully resolve itself.
Tired of being asked if you’re tired or mad? Call Dr. Saltz at our Salt Lake City office, (801) 274-9550, or our Park City office, (435) 655-6612, and schedule a consultation for a brow lift.