Gravity is like the Braves were when Smoltz, Glavin, and Maddux were pitching — it wins every time. We all like to think we’re doing our best to keep up with Father Time, but the physics of gravity could care less. It’s always puling everything downward. The results show everywhere, including your forehead. Problem is, those results on your forehead — sagging skin, lines, drooping brows — can give people the wrong impression. Aging brows can make people think you’re perpetually tired, sad, even angry.
A brow lift with Dr. Beaty can put an end to these misperceptions, and take years off your appearance at the same time.
Is a brow lift right for you?
Sagging brows can be simply a fact of age, or due to your genes. Most of our brow lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 60 and feature lined or inelastic skin on their foreheads.
You can get an idea of what a brow lift will do with this little test. Stand in front of the mirror and place your palms on your outer forehead just above your eyebrows. Now pull the skin back away from your eyes. That tightening is what a brow lift will do.
Two techniques to fit your situation
If possible, Dr. Beaty uses the endoscopic method for his brow lift procedures, as scarring is minimal and the recovery is much easier. In some cases, however, a coronal brow lift is necessary.
Coronal brow lift — This “traditional” 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. Dr. Beaty trims any excess skin and then closes the incision with stitches or clips.
Endoscopic brow lift — In this preferred brow lift method, Dr. Beaty makes from three to five short incisions, each less than one inch, behind the hairline. He then inserts an endoscope into one of the incisions. The endoscope enables him 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.
Since brow lifts only target the upper third of the face, patients often consider combining a brow lift with a facelift and/or eyelid surgery for more wide-ranging results.