Our Ohio summers can get a little toasty at times. On the hottest of days, we can look in the mirror and see our brows sagging.
Look at the way the heat is making me look tired and angry.
Uh, no. The heat has nothing to do with it. Your underlying support muscles and tissues are to blame — you could use a brow lift.
Since brow lifts target the upper third of the face, Dr. Fedele often combines the procedure with other surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or a facelift to expand the results.
Can You Use A Brow Lift?
Sagging brows can be simply a fact of age, or due to your genes. Most of Dr. Fedele’s brow lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 60 and feature lined or inelastic skin on their foreheads.
Two Techniques To A Younger Forehead
Dr. Fedele performs brow lifts with two techniques: the traditional brow lift or the endoscopic brow lift. He prefers the endoscopic method, but in your consultation the two of you will decide if that method fits your needs.
- Endoscopic brow lift — In this method, Dr. Fedele 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 allows the visualization of the area under the skin without making the long incision of the traditional method (see below). Small tools are inserted through the other incisions to lift the skin, adjust muscles, and remove tissue.
- Traditional brow lift — Before endoscopes, this was the only method of performing a 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. Fedele trims any excess skin and then closes the incision with stitches or clips.
With both methods, 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.
Are you starting to notice your sagging brows? Then so is everyone else. Call Dr. Fedele at (216) 464-1616 and let’s set up a consultation to talk about a possible brow lift.