Drooping of the eyebrows is frequently one of the first signs of aging. This condition is often overlooked because most people are unaware of the problem and the degree of improvement its correction can provide. A brow lift or forehead lift is an anti-aging surgical procedure for the area above the eyes. The surgery lifts sagging eyebrows and reduces forehead wrinkles.
A heavy eyebrow causes the upper lids to drop or descend until in the advanced stages, eyelid skin can touch or overlap the eyelashes. Patients often complain that their eyes appear to be getting smaller or deeper-set and that eye make-up usually ends up high on the upper part of the lids within a short while after it has been applied.
Drooping eyebrows definitely contribute to the “tired look.” This condition may be improved by the forehead lift operation. Many patients confuse the need for brow lifting with the need for upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Both may need to be done together, but Dr. Velargo can help guide you in the right direction during your consultation.
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In order to provide a natural-looking result that is not too tight, you must select an expert surgeon for your procedure. Dr. Velargo has performed numerous successful brow lifts for his patients using the most advanced techniques in the field.
In some cases, a minimally invasive endoscopic brow lift or trans-blepharoplasty brow lift is sufficient. For those with more significant signs of aging, however, a traditional brow lift will be necessary. Dr. Velargo performs several variations of traditional brow lifting depending on the degree of correction needed, as well as the gender, hairline, and age of the patient.
Note that traditional brow lifting is the only way to remove excess skin and tighten muscles. Such variations include the lateral temporal brow lift (best for patients only needing a lateral lift and is often combined with rhytidectomy (facelift)), trichophytic brow lift (best for patients with a high hairline needing maximal lift), coronal brow lift (best for patients with a normal to low hairline needing maximal lift), direct brow lift (best for patients with asymmetric brows or for bald men), and mid-forehead brow lift (best for male patients with prominent forehead wrinkles).
Many patients have blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) and/or a face lift in conjunction with their brow lift. Dr. Velargo might also suggest Botox injections after your brow lift in order to smooth any residual lines and wrinkles.
What can a brow lift accomplish?
A brow lift can correct:
- Eyebrows that have begun to drop or sag on the forehead
- Eyebrows that have flattened and lost their natural arch
- Forehead wrinkles
- Some lines and wrinkles around the eyes
Does insurance cover brow lifts?
Most brow lifts are considered cosmetic procedures. Therefore, insurance companies do not generally cover the cost of surgery. However, in some cases associated with facial nerve paralysis, insurance companies may help defray some of the costs of surgery.