As you grow older, the skin on your forehead loses elasticity and gradually sags downward, and the movement of your forehead muscles forms deep grooves in the skin. But in addition to the downward slide, the skin also moves a little to the center. Because of this, brow lifts are not just a matter of lifting the skin straight up. It takes a skilled facial plastic surgeon, who knows precisely how skin migrates on the forehead with age, to draw it back into place in the right way to recapture the appearance of youth. Every forehead has a slightly different pattern of sagging and wrinkling. Because of this, any attempt to reverse these patterns must be tailored to the face in question.
Modern medicine has created the tools that allow a surgeon to go inside the forehead, see the structure, positioning and attachment of the muscles and connective tissue and figure out exactly where and how the work needs to be done. The surgeon does this by inserting a tiny light and camera at the end of a slender tube under the skin of the brow through small incisions. This is called an endoscopic brow lift. After the surgery, pain medication will be needed for one to two days. Swelling and bruising should be gone in no more than two weeks.
A brow lift may also be combined with other forms of facial plastic surgery to create an overall younger appearance. The procedure can not only reduce brow wrinkles, but 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, reversing this can restore some of the appearance of youth to the eyes. Slightly different procedures can be used for men and women to preserve the masculinity or femininity of the face, if the patient wishes.
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. As someone who has written several papers and taught many courses on the subject, he divides brow lifts into four types — the full brow lift, the three-quarter brow lift, the lateral brow lift and the asymmetric brow lift. Contact his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.