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As we get older, lines and wrinkles start to form on the brow and forehead, making you look tired and even angry. The good news is that a brow lift can reverse many of these undesirable effects, giving your brow a smoother and tighter appearance that can take years off your appearance.

Before you undergo this plastic surgery procedure, it’s essential to know if you’re a good candidate. Below is more information about this subject.

Ideal Candidates For A Brow Lift

Many people who are over 40 usually are ideal candidates for a forehead lift or brow lift. This is the age when the brow line starts to droop, and lines and wrinkles show up on the forehead.

Some people in their 20s and 30s also may be candidates for a brow lift because of genetics or premature aging. If you have one or more of the following conditions, please talk to your board-certified plastic surgeon about a brow lift:

  • Drooping brows
  • Tired or older appearance on the face
  • Heavy, sagging upper eyelids
  • Deep lines on the forehead
  • Furrows between the brows
  • Heavily sagging brows obscure vision

You also should be in good health and have a positive outlook about what the procedure can achieve. Also, make sure that you do not smoke for several weeks before and after the surgery to encourage healing.

Skin Quality And Condition

Another aspect that makes you a good candidate for a brow lift is the condition and quality of your skin. As the years go by, it’s natural that the skin of the face becomes less elastic and begins to sag. The skin on the forehead and around the eyes isn’t any different.

Vertical frown lines may show between your brows that make you look sad or angry. But the brow lift can take away the extra fat and skin, lift the forehead, and smooth the skin for a younger look.

However, if you see wrinkles and sagging skin around the eyes, you may want to have eyelid lift surgery in addition to a brow lift. A chemical peel or dermabrasion also can be a good option if you want to see good results without surgery.

How A Brow Lift Is Done

Brow lift surgery has evolved from the traditional open technique to more complicated endoscopic and short incision methods. A brow lift often involves several incisions in the scalp, but your surgeon also may make incisions in the upper eyelids and forehead.

The most common types of brow lifts are:

Open Brow Lift

Your plastic surgeon will make a long incision in the forehead near the hairline or a crease in the forehead. Next, they lift the skin from the tissue underneath.

Next, the surgeon loosens the forehead muscles and cuts away extra fat, as well as excessive skin. Then, the surgeon pulls the skin that is left down and stitches the brow into a higher position.

Endoscopic Brow Lift

The surgeon inserts a long thin tube with a light and video camera through small incisions in the scalp. This lets the surgeon see and work on the internal muscles, fat, and tissues in your forehead.

This technique requires tiny incisions, but it may not be ideal for patients with more extensive skin drooping and lines in the forehead and upper lids.

Limited Incision Technique

This is a hybrid technique of the procedures above, with no endoscope but tiny incisions. The surgeon uses parts of the traditional coronal technique incision to raise the outer parts of your eyebrows without using an endoscope.

The scars are obscured by the hairline, even in men who are bald and have little temporal hair. Note that this procedure does not help the center of the brow, but it can eliminate eye wrinkles, also known as crow’s feet.

Because many forehead lifts are done with eyelid surgery, the incisions in the upper eyelids may be used to finish the forehead lift by fixing the frown lines between your eyebrows.

The type of brow lift you have is based on your facial structure and aesthetic goals. The goal of your board-certified plastic surgeon is to give you the best, most natural-looking result. That’s why it’s essential to choose a surgeon who has years of training and experience with brow lifts.

Which Brow Lift Is For You?

Here are some guidelines to consider:

  • You may be a good candidate for an endoscopic lift if you have mild sagging brows and horizontal wrinkles.
  • If you have prominent sagging brows with deeper wrinkles, the coronal lift may be the best choice.
  • If your forehead is high, you may want to have a subcutaneous lift to keep your hairline from going higher. The incision is close to the hairline, so the scars are hidden in the hair.

Book Your Brow Lift Procedure Today

Interested in a brow lift in Chicago? Dr. Placik will review your options in your free consultation, as well as go over your surgical goals. He’ll decide if you’re a good candidate for a brow lift.


Author: Dr. Otto Placik

Dr. Otto Placik is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, a leader in the field of body sculpting, and is recognized for his artistry in a wide range of modern cosmetic enhancements.


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