Improving the appearance of your eyes in order to rejuvenate your upper face and to have a less tired look, involves addressing not only the eyelids but also the eyebrows (brow lift) in some cases. The eyelid appearance can be improved with eyelid surgery – blepharoplasty; however it does not address the appearance and contour of the eyebrows. The contour of our eyebrows draws attention to our eyes, particularly when we speak and during facial expressions. It is important to consider how the eyebrows can be improved when addressing signs of aging of our eyes.
During a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez, he will examine your eyebrows and review with you whether they need to be addressed in order to improve the overall appearance of your eyes. It is crucial to see a Plastic Surgeon that can point out differences in brow shape and position between men and women, in order to achieve a result that is natural and maintains your personal style.
During brow lift surgery, Dr. Gonzalez places incisions within the hair of the temporal area (above and behind the sideburn). For men who have a receding hairline or shave their head, other options on where to place the incisions exist. This is a surgery that requires much care as important nerves and structures need to be identified and preserved in this area. Using instruments, the tissue attachments that cause the brow to descend, or sag, onto the eyelid are then released and the brow position contoured and placed higher in women; in men it is straightened and stabilized.
Ideal candidates for a brow lift are individuals noticing a descent in their eyebrows, leading to a heavier appearance over the eyes and a tired look. Men typically notice that their eyebrows are not straight anymore, like they used to. Potential candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes.
A brow lift is a procedure that when done on the right person, will result in more attractiveness of the upper face. In women we aim at stylizing the eyebrow with better contour, in men we work on making it slightly more straight and stable while preventing it from folding over the eyelid skin. Brow lifts results deliver a more vibrant and rejuvenated look.
While brow lift surgery is generally safe, it is important to understand that there are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Common risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. In some cases, patients may have prolonged swelling. It is also possible for asymmetry, overcorrection, or undercorrection to occur. Rare but serious complications can include damage to the eye or surrounding structures, nerve or muscle damage, and excessive swelling or bruising.
Adhering to the recommended instructions will help you have a more sound recovery and lead to better healing.
Make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure a smooth recovery and care for yourself after getting a brow lift. The recovery period after a brow lift can vary, but most patients can expect some swelling and bruising, which will typically subside in several days or some weeks. It is important to follow Dr. Gonzalez’s post-operative instructions, which may include keeping your head elevated, applying cold compresses, and avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks.
Be sure to attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Gonzalez to ensure proper healing and address any concerns. With proper care, you should expect to see the full results of your brow lift within a few months.
If you’re seeking a less invasive approach, there are treatments such as dermal fillers or Botox that can temporarily improve the appearance around the eyes and eyebrows. While they don’t provide the same lasting or transformative results as surgery, they can be an option for those not ready for a surgical commitment.
Contact Dr. Gonzalez to discuss these options.