A brow lift can give the face a more youthful, brighter, more welcoming appearance by lifting the eyebrows, which creates a greater distance from the eyelid to the eyebrow. This creates a more open appearance of the eye area. A secondary benefit is that the brows can be lifted asymmetrically to compensate for underlying facial asymmetries, and made to look more symmetric. Lastly, a brow lift can reduce the need for the forehead muscles to lift the eyebrows and thus the patient enjoys a smoother, more relaxed forehead appearance and reduced frown lines. To determine if a brow lift is appropriate, a consultation is required. Dr. Yellin uses several techniques including, a direct brow lift in patients with facial paralysis and no transverse forehead crease, a mid-forehead brow lift in men with deep forehead creases and a receding hairline, a hairline incision or pretrichial brow lift in those with a high forehead or very severe brow descent.
However, in most cases, either a lateral brow lift or endoscopic brow lift is performed. For a lateral brow lift, the arch and lateral half of the eyebrow are elevated placing the brow at a more pleasing position and secondarily, improving lateral eyelid hooding. Two incisions are hidden in the hairline to achieve this type of brow lift. An endoscopic technique is performed when both the lateral and medial brow require elevation and the patient has an adequate hairline. Five small incisions behind the hairline are used to reposition the brow without the need to excise skin or hair. The brow is anchored in place with absorbable plates so no foreign material remains once fully healed. All of the brow lift techniques except for the endoscopic technique can be performed in the office using local anesthesia and oral Xanax. A brow lift may be performed in conjunction with an upper eyelid contouring procedure (blepharoplasty) to comprehensively address the multifactorial age-related changes seen in the eye area.
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