Brow Lift

Brow Lift Specialist
A brow lift can reduce wrinkles on the forehead, improve frown lines, and gently raise the eyebrows to create a more youthful and natural appearance. As director of Oculofacial surgery at Eye Care of San Diego, with locations in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego and also Escondido, California, Dr. Asa Morton has extensive knowledge and training in brow lift surgery.

Brow Lift Q & A

by Asa Morton, MD

Can a Brow Lift be Performed Along With a Facelift or Eyelid Surgery?

An endoscopic brow lift is effective on its own or when performed in conjunction with a facelift or other cosmetic procedures. Much like the cheeks, the skin of the forehead will begin to sag and droop as the skin ages. When a brow lift is performed, the tissues around the eyes and the temples are elevated and tightened to create a more youthful and rested appearance. As the skin's tone is improved, the wrinkles and creases will fade away.

Other types of brow lifting procedures can leave visible scars and create an exaggerated or an over elevated position of the eyebrow. The endoscopic technique utilizes small incisions and is less invasive. The small incision sites are hidden in the hairline. Since the incisions are small, this procedure is still suitable for those with thinning hair or male pattern baldness. Results are more natural and recovery time may be less.

How Does a Brow Lift Differ From a Blepharoplasty Procedure?

A brow lift addresses the sagging forehead and temples and lifts the brows by redraping and elevating the skin and muscle of this entire area. A blepharoplasty is performed directly on the eyelids. A brow lift is usually performed in conjunction with a blepharoplasty allowing the doctor to tighten all of the areas of skin and muscle in question. A brow lift can successfully address the laugh lines that appear at the corners of the eye. Crow's feet can stretch from the corner of the eye and the drooping tail of the brow can significantly cover the eye and eyelids . An endoscopic brow lift and blepharoplasty together will effectively reduce the skin over the eye, as well as the skin above the brow and off to the side, eliminating the crow's feet and other small wrinkles that may develop.

How Long Do the Effects of a Brow Lift Last?

The brow plays a key role in how others perceive us. A heavy brow with the brow head angled down toward the nose makes a person look frustrated, grumpy, and unapproachable. Endoscopic eyebrow repositioning can change that into a more approachable and relaxed appearance.

The aging eye is a combination of gravitational effects. The forehead stretches, causing the brows to droop, which then pushes heavy skin into the eyelid. Heavy brows also force the patient to furrow their forehead to lift the brows so that the heavy eyelid doesn’t weigh on the eye. This brow effort can lead to fatigue and tension headaches. Picture a curtain and curtain rod. An endoscopic brow lift repositions the brow (curtain rod) back to a more youthful position over the orbital bone. This then elevates and redistributes the eyelid (curtain). During the same procedure, the eyelid (curtain) can undergo blepharoplasty to remove only the necessary excess skin. Endoscopic repositioning of the brow (curtain rod) reduces the wrinkling of the forehead and greatly reduces the  brow heaviness, while creating a more relaxed and inviting appearance. This combination of procedures best ensures that the eyelid will, most importantly, protect the eye and also look more rested and youthful. The use of a small endoscope allows for less invasive surgery, rapid recovery, and shorter operative times.

Dr. Morton is an experienced oculofacial surgeon and will utilize his extensive training to craft solutions that not only create youthful results but also protect the all important eye.

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