A browlift is a surgical procedure to reposition the forehead and eyebrows, to restore their youthful position and shape and rejuvenate the upper face.
As we age, gravity and loosening of your skin and underlying tissues allows the forehead to move downwards, with the eyebrows moving closer to the eyes and losing the attractive youthful arched shape. Subconsciously, this then causes the forehead muscle to try to hold up the eyebrows, giving you the common horizontal lines across the forehead.
Commonly, patients are initially concerned because there is “crowding” of the upper eyelids, with an apparent excess of skin. Often, the low forehead is a major part of this problem, and surgery may be beneficial to reposition the forehead and eyebrows, as well, or instead of, reducing skin in the upper eyelids.
Browlifts are often done in conjunction with other facial rejuvenative surgery to achieve a more harmonious facial appearance, particularly eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) and facelifts.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Merten will ask you to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. Sometimes, patients may focus their attention on excess skin in the upper eyelids and not realise that sagging of their eyebrows contributes to this skin redundancy. You should be very frank in discussing anything about your appearance that bothers you, as well as what you hope to achieve with surgery. This will help Dr. Merten to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.
There are a variety of ways to elevate the brows and correct aging changes in the forehead area. Dr. Merten will closely examine your entire forehead and upper eyelid region, noting the muscle activity when you assume various facial expressions. The particular surgical technique that Dr. Merten recommends will depend on many factors, such as the position of your eyebrows, the amount of excess upper eyelid skin and the height of your hairline.