Do People Mistakenly Think You’re Angry or Sad?

brow liftGravity is a tireless worker, never taking a day off. While this has its value — keeping your feet on the ground — your skin’s not a fan. Gravity, the environment, stress, and the aging process make the skin all over your body sag downward. On your forehead, the result is lines and drooping brows. On the eyelids it causes the eyes to appear closed. When others see these effects, they can get the wrong impression that you are either angry or sad or perpetually tired.

An eye brow lift performed by Dr. Shams can put an end to these false impressions, giving your upper face a more youthful appearance.

Since brow lifts target the upper third of the face, the procedure can be combined with other surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and a mid-facelift to rejuvenate more of the face. You can discuss all these available options with Dr. Shams during your consultation.

Who can benefit most from a brow lift?

Sagging brows can be simply a fact of age, or due to your genes. Most brow lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 60 and feature lines or inelastic skin on their foreheads.

Unsure if a brow lift is right for you? There’s an easy way to tell, and it’s interactive! Stand in front of the mirror and place the palms of your hands to the sides of your eyes above the eyebrows. Now pull the skin back from the eyes. This raising of the forehead is what the brow lift will do.

Two techniques to fit your situation

Dr. Shams performs brow lifts using various techniques: Coronal or pretrichial brow lift, temporal scalp incision browplasty or the endoscopic brow lift. You can discuss these options and decide which is right for you.

  • With a coronal brow lift, the incision is made within hairline, but may be placed in front of the hairline (pretrichial) in patients who wear a fringe. The forehead skin is lifted, tissues released, muscles adjusted, and the eyebrows lifted. Dr. Shams trims any excess skin and then closes the incision with stitches or clips.
  • In an Endoscopic brow lift Dr. Shams makes three to five short incisions, each about 2cm, behind the hairline. An endoscope is then inserted into one of the incisions. The endoscope enables Dr. Shams to see beneath the skin without making the long incision of the traditional method. Through the other incisions the skin is lifted and excess skin is trimmed. The overlying skin is then redraped to its tighter contour.

With most techniques, there will be numbness and discomfort at the incision sites. Numbness will give way to itching as the forehead heals.

Tired of being asked if you’re tired, or angry? Contact Dr. Shams and ask about a brow lift.

Posted in: Cosmetic / Aesthetic Procedures

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