Lasers and fillers have done a great job of keeping you looking fresh and revitalized. Until now. Recently, you noticed that your eyelids have begun to sag. Or your forehead has developed deep creases that Botox doesn’t address sufficiently anymore.
You were thinking of rejuvenating your droopy upper face with a facelift (rhytidectomy) — until you discovered that a facelift only addresses the mid-face and lower face.
Since you’re main concern is your upper face, you’re wondering if a brow lift alone would give you the improvement you need. But is it really worth going under the knife just to lift your forehead? How long does a brow lift last, anyway?
Dr. Julio Garcia, an expert plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, invented a new type of brow lift (also called a forehead lift) that is both natural looking and long-lasting. Other plastic surgeons have traveled from across the world to learn his advanced technique.
Do I Need a Brow Lift?
When age starts showing up in your face, its effects usually aren’t limited to just one area. You may have some early jowling. Your expression lines, such as the “11s” between your brows, may have become deeply etched. And your upper face looks tired and sad.
Because your eyes convey your emotions and also your energy levels, when your brow droops over them or your eyelids begin to sag, people begin to perceive you as tired, depressed, or sad. Even if you’re fully energized, your droopy eyes contradict your feelings.
A wrinkled, heavy brow that’s etched with furrows and creases can also give others the impression that you’re angry or stressed. A brow lift smooths out your forehead skin, alleviates frown lines and creates a calmer, more youthful look.
You’ll benefit from a refreshing brow lift if you have:
- Droopy eyebrows
- Sagging eyelids
- Frown lines (11s)
- Forehead furrows (horizontal lines)
- Asymmetric eyebrows
What Happens During a Brow Lift?
If you realize that your entire face would light up if your eyes and brow looked lighter and less saggy, you might be wondering exactly what the steps of a brow lift surgery are. You can choose from the less invasive endoscopic brow lift, which doesn’t have as long-lasting results, or Dr. Garcia’s groundbreaking modification of an open-surgery brow lift.
When Dr. Garcia performs his brow lift, he makes his incision further back in your hairline, so it’s invisible. He also creates 20 to 25 points of fixation, which makes your brow lift secure, long-lasting, and seamless. His advanced technique also drastically reduces your risk for side effects such as scalp numbness, cowlicks, and hair loss.
During your operation, Dr. Garcia may shave down part of your brow bone to create a smoother, more beautiful surface. After your surgery, you can go home to rest. You return to Dr. Garcia the next day so he can remove your bandages and drainage tubes. He removes your sutures after one week.
Within a month to a month and a half, you can return to all of your normal activities, including coloring your hair. Dr. Garcia lets you know all of the details of your preoperative and postoperative care recommendations when you meet him for a consultation.
Will People Know I’ve Had a Brow Lift?
After your brow lift, your friends, family, and co-workers will definitely notice that “something” about your appearance has changed. Because a brow lift takes weight off the eyes and gives you a lighter, more youthful and alert look, they may attribute the change to your recent “vacation” (i.e. surgical recovery period) or to increased energy or change of mood. Dr. Garcia suggests getting a new hairstyle before returning to work or social activities because the new ‘do sometimes gets credited for your overall improved looks!
When your plastic surgery is performed expertly, no one will be able to tell that you’ve been “done.” You will look refreshed and revitalized, but you won’t have any telltale scars or an unnaturally “stretched” or “frozen” look. Your brow lift simply makes you look more present and more youthful — and better matches your inner state than your drooping forehead did.
What Other Procedures Should I Get?
A brow lift alone will make a tremendous difference in how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. Your smoother forehead conveys calm. Your lifted brows convey alertness and youth. In fact, a brow lift alone can erase about five years from your appearance.
If you have other areas of your face or body that you’d like to address during your brow lift surgery, Dr. Garcia can usually accommodate you. It’s common, and even advisable, to perform several procedures at once to minimize downtime and recovery time.
Depending on your needs, you can make your brow lift improvement even more dramatic by adding in:
- Upper blepharoplasty (fix drooping upper eyelids)
- Lower blepharoplasty (remove eye bags and tear troughs)
- Facelift (lift mid and lower face, remove jowls)
- Mini lift (lift lower face only, remove jowls)
- Neck lift (tighten and lift neck and chin area)
- Platysmaplasty (tighten neck muscles)
- Chin liposuction (remove double chin)
- Kybella injections (remove double chin)
How Do I Keep My Brow Lift Looking Great?
Once you see how much more open, vital and youthful you look after your brow lift, you’ll want to ensure you maintain the benefits of your surgery over the long term. Dr. Garcia works with expert aestheticians who can treat your skin to regular chemical peels, laser toning, and a skin-care system that’s based on your individual DNA.
If you’re worried about creating new frown lines and forehead furrows because of the expressions you make, Dr. Garcia can administer prophylactic Botox. The Botox quiets down the muscles that cause wrinkles, so you can maintain the benefits of your brow lift for many years.
When you’re planning cosmetic surgery in Las Vegas come meet with Dr. Garcia to discuss how a brow lift and other plastic surgery procedures can help you recapture your youthful look and spirit. He’s happy to work with you whether you live in Las Vegas or — like many of his patients — travel from around the globe to find the best plastic surgeon.