The nose, eyes, and eyebrows are probably the most outstanding features of the face. Moreover, the location and shape of the brows give your face a fixed expression. Crooked eyebrows can make you look angry, tired, alarmed or confused. Since brows are so important for facial expressions and balancing the shape of the face, more and more people are seeking to correct eyebrow flaws.
Modern aesthetic technology has made it easier to achieve this through non-surgical and surgical procedures, such as a brow lift. A brow lift is especially useful for people who have uneven eyebrows also called asymmetrical brows. When one of the brows descends lower than the other the brows appear horizontally uneven. A brow lift may be done to create or restore eyebrow symmetry or even brows.
Causes of Eyebrow Asymmetry
Eyebrows may appear uneven for various reasons. A loss of elasticity in facial muscles is a primary reason for imbalanced eyebrows. Other causes of eyebrow asymmetry are genetics, previous surgery or cosmetic procedure, upper eyelid ptosis, trauma, skeletal asymmetry of the eye socket or medical conditions, such as facial palsy.
In addition to uneven brows, the space between the eyes and the brows also shortens due to the process of aging. This creates a droopy-looking appearance (upper eyelid ptosis) that makes a person look even older.
What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a safe cosmetic procedure done to correct a series of facial flaws. The technique has been used for:
• Restoring the brows to a more natural and even position • Reducing visible wrinkle lines that run horizontal across the forehead • Reducing frown lines (the vertical creases) between the eyebrows • Making the brows appear youthful • Raising the brows to correct droopy eyelids • Producing an alert look
A different type of brow lift procedure may be necessary for correcting any of these facial flaws. But sometimes correcting sagging eyelids, for example using a classic or coronal brow lift or temporal or limited incision brow lift, may also enhance brow symmetry.
How a Brow Lift Creates Eyebrow Symmetry
An eyebrow-specific type of brow lift, such as one of the following, may be required to create eyebrow symmetry.
Direct Brow Lift: This procedure involves placing an incision directly above the brow hairs. It is more suitable for patients with thick eyebrows and weak forehead muscles. The direct brow lift procedure has been the gold standard used by cosmetic surgeons because it allows maximum control over the positioning, height, and final shape of the brow.
Endoscopic Brow Lift: One of the most popular procedures used to elevate the brows is the endoscopic brow lift. It is less invasive than a direct brow lift and is done under general anaesthetic. A skilled surgeon will make several incisions along the scalp. Using an endoscope to view the area to be treated, the surgeon lifts the forehead skin, repositions the brows, and may remove excess skin and tissues if necessary. This results in natural looking brows and reduced forehead wrinkles.
Pretrichial Brow Lift: This type of brow lift is more suitable for patients with a full hairline and subtle wrinkles. Several incisions are made immediately in front of the hairline in order to pull the forehead skin and reposition the brows.
There are pros and cons of using each of these types of brow lifts. A common concern of many clients is achieving the most natural look while reducing the risk of scarring. Nonabsorbable sutures are typically used to reduce the risk of scarring.
Brow Lift Benefits
- Creates naturally even brows
- Fixes droopy eyelids
- Smoothens forehead wrinkles
- Gives face a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance
- Gives face a more relaxed look
- Makes you look pleasant and approachable
- Possible boost in self-confidence
An important consideration of doing a brow lift is that it can fix other facial flaws, such as wrinkles or sagging tissues above the eyes without doing additional surgery, such as eyelid surgery.
Who is a Good Candidate for Brow Lift?
No one’s eyebrows are perfectly symmetric. This is because the left and right sides of the face vary from each other, though the differences are usually subtle. You may be eligible for a brow lift depending on factors such as your age, how severely uneven your brows are as well as the thickness of your eyebrows and hairline.
If your eyebrows are noticeably uneven when your face is relaxed, then you may be a good candidate for an eyebrow lift. Clients in their 40’s and 50’s who have deep forehead wrinkles or frown lines and heavy sagging between the brows and the eyelashes typically make good candidates for a brow lift.
Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon
Choosing the right plastic surgeon is very important but not always easy. You can trust Dr. Andrew Jacono, MD, FACS at the New York Center for Facial, Plastic & Laser Surgery to handle your needs and concerns in a highly professional and confidential manner. Each patient is assessed based on his or her individual cosmetic needs. Once Dr. Jacono determines you are a good candidate for an eyebrow lift, the most suitable treatment plan will be tailored to meet those needs. To schedule a consultation, contact New York City office at (212) 570-2500 or Long Island office at (516) 773-4646, or by visiting website at www.newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com.