You’ve done everything you can to hang on to your youth. You’ve kept yourself in shape, avoided tobacco or hard drugs (we maintain a discreet silence about the not-so-hard ones), and tried to keep up with the latest medical opinions on what constitutes a healthy diet. And now you’re in better condition than many people in Charlotte half your age. Unfortunately, you still don’t look as young as those people. It’s time to consider a brow lift.
Surgeons have gotten much better at performing brow lifts. They don’t just cut away a slice of the scalp and lift the rest straight up any more. They know better how the skin on the forehead ages. In addition to sagging downward, it also tends to migrate a little to the center, so making the forehead look younger means moving the skin to the sides as well as up. A brow lift may also be combined with other procedures to create an overall younger appearance, such as BOTOX or the injections of fillers. The procedure can sometimes also remove signs of aging in the area of the upper eyelid, if the skin of the brow has sagged into the space of the upper eyelid.
In order to survey the attachment of skin and muscle to the bone of the forehead and decide how to operate, a surgeon makes an incision and inserts an apparatus called an endoscope with a tiny light and tiny camera. What sort of brow lift you get depends on where the sagging is. A lateral brow lift is appropriate when the skin is sagging more around the temples than in the center. An asymmetric brow lift is when the skin is sagging more on one side than on another, and a full brow lift and a three-quarter brow lift are used in slightly different cases when all parts of the forehead need to be lifted. The procedure can also be adapted to preserve the masculinity or femininity of the face. After the surgery, you will need pain medication for one to two days. Swelling and bruising should be gone in no more than two weeks.
The best person to go to for a brow lift in Charlotte is Dr. Sean Freeman. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has done only facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. He was one of the first doctors in the United States to perform endoscopic brow lift surgery. Contact his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.