Are You Tired of Looking Tired?
- Posted on: May 15 2016
Gravity doesn’t take no for an answer. It doesn’t call in sick. It doesn’t take vacation. While this is good to keep us from being pulled into space, it’s rough on your skin and muscles. The unrelenting pull of gravity shows all over your body, but it can be especially egregious on your forehead. There gravity and aging team up to produce sagging skin, deep lines, drooping brows, and the ongoing impression that you’re either very tired or angry.
And with this political season, isn’t there already enough misinformation out there?
Why not correct the misperceptions by having Dr. Smith perform a brow lift. It will tighten up the skin and underlying muscles and take years off your face.
Since brow lifts target the upper third of the face, the procedure can be combined with other surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelifts (which target the middle and lower face) to rejuvenate the entire face.
Who can benefit from a brow lift?
Sagging brows can be the result of aging, or they can be due to your genes. Most of Dr. Smith’s brow lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 60 and feature lined or inelastic skin on their foreheads.
Want to know if a brow lift could help you? Here’s a simple test. Stand in front of the mirror and place the palms of your hands to the sides of your eyes above the eyebrows. Now pull the skin back from the eyes. That tightened skin and raising of the forehead is basically what a brow lift with Dr. Smith will accomplish.
Traditional or endoscopic
Dr. Smith performs brow lifts with two techniques: the traditional (also called coronal) brow lift or the endoscopic brow lift. Sometimes an endoscopic lift cannot reposition enough skin and muscle to adequately address your problems. During your consultation, you will discuss both options with Dr. Smith.
Traditional brow lift — This was formerly the only method for performing brow lifts. A coronal incision is made that stretches from just above the ear across the top of the forehead and down to the other ear. The incision is typically 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. The last step is to trim any excess skin. The incision is then closed with stitches or clips.
Endoscopic brow lift — In this method, which has become the preferred method for most patients, Dr. Smith 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 enables him to see beneath the skin without making the long incision of the traditional method. Through the other incisions he then lifts the skin, removes tissue, and adjusts muscles as needed. The limited incisions of an endoscopic brow lift can limit just how much tissue can be repositioned.
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.
If you’re tired of being asked if you’re tired, maybe it’s time to look into a brow lift with Smith Plastic Surgery. Call us at 843-705-8940 and let’s discuss your options.
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