Are Your Brows Lying About Your Age?

As we age, tissues across our bodies sag, lose elasticity, slacken, and generally become quite annoying. It’s inevitable, but we all like to look as young and healthy as we can. That’s why when the skin and support tissues of our forehead and brow area descend, it can be depressing. This works to make us look tired, older, and even angry.

To quote Maggie O’Hooligan from Caddyshack, “Tanks fer nuttin’, brows.”

Fortunately, a brow lift performed by our board-certified plastic surgeons at UMass Memorial can reverse those trends on the brows, refreshing the upper part of the face.

Brow lift basics

Brow lifts target the upper third of the face, starting from the eyebrow area up to the hairline. At UMass Memorial, we use the endoscopic method whenever possible for our brow lifts. This method minimizes scarring and other risks, and it delivers great results. Because brow lifts don’t address the eyes, our Worcester and Cape Cod patients often combine a brow lift with eyelid surgery to address both areas of the face and create a single recovery.

Would a brow lift help you?

Sagging brows can be simply a fact of age, or due to your genes. Most of our brow lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 60 and feature lined or inelastic skin on their foreheads.

Working through tiny incisions

Prior to the development and refinement of the endoscope, brow lifts involved what is known as the coronal incision. This method for brow lifts creates an incision running from one ear up around the hairline, ending at the other ear. That’s a really long incision, and it can create problems such as hair loss.

At UMass Memorial, our surgeons generally use the endoscopic method to make recovery easier on our patients. We can achieve results akin to those achieved elsewhere with the coronal incision.

For an endoscopic brow lift, three to five short incisions, each less than one inch, are made behind the hairline. An endoscope is inserted into one of the incisions. The endoscope enables our surgeons to see beneath the skin without making the long incision of the traditional method. Through the other incisions the skin is lifted, muscles adjusted, and excess skin is trimmed.

Thanks to the minimal incisions involved with endoscopic brow lifts, recovery is far faster and easier compared to the old traditional method.

Want to stop the drop of your brows? Call us at UMass Memorial Medical Group at (508) 334-5990 and schedule a consultation.

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