The process of aging can cause wrinkles, lines, and furrows on the forehead and between the eyebrows. Sagging, over the eyebrow especially, can result in lowered, crooked, misshaped, misaligned, or unevenly arched eyebrows. Imperfect brows may convey a facial expression that does not reflect how you truly feel. For example, it may make you look surprised, tired, sad, or angry. Having your facial expressions misunderstood may make you lose self-confidence.
A brow lift may be just what you need to boost self-confidence and give you a pleasant more approachable look. Ever since the introduction of various brow lifting procedures, brow lifts have become very popular among those wanting to achieve a more natural and relaxed look. This trending aesthetic technique is versatile because it can correct various facial flaws between the orbital rim and the frontal scalp. Due to its versatility, persons looking for an eyebrow ‘fix’ have asked whether a brow lift can enhance eyebrow arch.
The Arch of the Brows
Women have been forever plucking their eyebrows to increase the height and achieve a younger look. Some even use eyebrow pencils, powders, and creams to contour their brows, create symmetry, or deepen the arch. High arched eyebrows are attractive and create a youthful appearance. It accentuates the eyes and draw attention to them. Even a slight change in the height or shape of the brows can affect the appearance of the eyes and make you look younger or older.
Eyebrow asymmetry may be the main cause the brow arch may be “off” and requires enhancement or reshaping. Brow asymmetry means if you were to draw a horizontal line at the top and bottom brow lines, one brow will appear higher than the other. A person may be born with asymmetrical brows or the brows may change shape and location due to aging. Other causes of uneven brows are upper eyelid ptosis, botched cosmetic surgery, facial trauma, uneven bone structure around the eyes, or facial palsy.
There is no special cosmetic procedure designed specially to correct an eyebrow arch. However, during a brow lift, the plastic surgeon can contour and arch the eyebrows for better symmetry.
What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a safe, surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to combat the signs of ageing on the forehead, the brows, eyelid, and between the brows (furrows). It is generally done by making incisions at various locations of the forehead or scalp and adjusting or removing skin and tissues. Techniques vary from each other based on the type of brow lift procedure. Common brow lift surgeries are:
- Endoscopic brow lift
- Direct brow lift
- Mid-face brow lift
- Temporal brow lift
- Coronal brow lift
- Trichophytic brow lift
- Transblepharoplasty brow lift
Some surgeons prefer one technique over others, but it is mostly based on the needs of the client and the risk of complications. For example, the direct brow lift and the mid-face brow lift are older techniques that may not be so favourable because of a greater risk of scarring. They may be reserved for cases of severe eyebrow asymmetries, such as those related to facial palsy.
Enhancing Eyebrow Arch with Endoscopic Brow Lift
Symmetrical, shapely eyebrows with even arches help enhance the overall shape of the face and make you appear younger and more alert. This can be achieved using the endoscopic brow lift.
The endoscopic brow lift is a new and more advanced technique that is used by Dr. Frankel, MD, FACS, certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. It is safe and effective and approved by the FDA. This type of brow lift is less invasive. The endoscope is used to target and alter specific muscles and connective tissues. In arching the brows, special attention is paid to the distance between the brow and the orbital rim to give the face a more natural and pleasant appearance.
Unlike other brow lift techniques used elsewhere, no skin or tissue is removed and there is no visible incisions or scars. Instead, excess tissues are redistributed backwards towards the scalp.
Other Benefits of a Brow Lift
In addition to enhancing the eyebrow arch, a brow lift may be used to correct several other facial flaws that make you appear older. This can sometimes be done without resorting to additional surgeries, for example, an eyelid surgery. A brow lift may correct the following conditions or signs of aging:
- Uneven eyebrows (asymmetrical brows)
- Droopy eyelids (upper eyelid ptosis)
- Forehead wrinkles (horizontal across the forehead)
- Frown lines (vertical between the eyebrows)
- Excess tissue above the eyebrows
Good Candidates for Eyebrow Arch Enhancement
Enhancing the arch of the eyebrows using a brow lift may not be for everyone. A brow lift is recommended for patients whose eyebrows seriously distort their true expressions and overall facial appearance. It has been effectively used for reducing the appearance of deep horizontal line across the forehead and vertical grooves (furrows) between the eyebrows. The most suitable brow lift technique may vary from one patient to another
The plastic surgeon will do an initial consultation during which your eyebrows, eyelids, forehead, bone structure, and skin elasticity may be examined. You may need to answer questions about your medical history to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. A brow lift may not be done for patients with certain medical conditions.
If you’re tired of using cosmetic beauty products, tips, and tricks to create ‘perfect’ eyebrow arches that are temporary and smudge easily, then you may need a brow lift. With a brow lift done by Dr. Frankel, you can just fix it and forget it using a treatment plan tailored to suit your individual needs. For maximum aesthetic results, some patients opt to do a brow lift and a blepharoplasty simultaneously.