Gravity is like Tiger Woods was in his prime — it wins every time. While everyone thinks they’re doing things to keep aging at bay, gravity doesn’t care. 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 dealing you the wrong impression. Aging brows can make people think you’re perpetually tired, sad, even angry.
A brow lift with Dr. Malamet can put an end to these misperceptions, however, and take years off your appearance at the same time.
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.
Is a brow lift right for you?
Sagging brows can be simply a fact of age, or due to your genes. Most people opting to have a brow lift with Dr. Malamet are between the ages of 40 and 60 and feature lined or inelastic skin on their foreheads.
If you want to get a rough idea of how a brow lift would change your face, here’s a little thing you can do at home. 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
Dr. Malamet performs brow lifts with three techniques: the coronal brow lift (sometimes called a traditional brow lift), a hairline brow lift, or the endoscopic brow lift. He will discuss both options with you and together you will decide which is right for you.
Coronal brow lift — This 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. Malamet trims any excess skin and then closes the incision with stitches or clips.
Hairline brow lift — This method keeps the scar in front of the hairline. It is used in patients who already have a large or high forehead. Dr. Malamet can actually reduce the size of the forehead with this brow lift. There will be a visible scar, however.
Endoscopic brow lift — In this method, which is increasing in popularity every year due to its limited invasiveness and faster healing times, Dr. Malamet 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 adjust muscles as needed.
In all three brow lifts, there will be numbness and discomfort at the incision sites. Numbness will give way to itching as the forehead heals. This usually passes within six months.
Tired of being asked if you’re tired? Maybe a brow lift with Dr. Malamet is in order. Call us at 818-380-3130 to schedule your consultation.