Brow Lift Candidates
Most people can benefit from a brow lift, but, as with any type of surgery, certain physical characteristics may make one patient more suitable for the procedure than another. The initial consultation will help determine whether or not a brow lift is right for you. At this stage, Dr. Brown will reference your medical history and perform a thorough physical exam in order to best understand your situation. He is able to use this information alongside your improvement goals to project the type of results possible through the lift.
The potential surgical risks and aesthetic improvements involved with a brow lift will differ from person to person. In all cases, though, specific physical traits will determine if you're a good or bad candidate for the operation.
Features of Suitable Brow Lift Patients
Brow lifts are best suited to healthy men and women who are usuallly between 40 and 65 years old, a time when sagging becomes more noticeable. This doesn't mean, however, that an individual in their 30s can't benefit from treatment. Our genetics can make us look older than our actual age or cause us to have physical traits that can be addressed through a lift. The procedure is ideal for anyone with heavy, sagging, or lowered brows that make them look unnaturally sad or tired. It also helps resolve conditions, like deep frown lines that have developed at the top of the nose or between the eyebrows. If the your forehead is marked with deep, horizontal creases, you may also be a good candidate for the treatment.
A healthy skin tone also makes for a good brow lift surgery candidate. It may seem like individuals who are bald or have a receding hairline would not be ideal lift patients due to the potential for visible scarring, but in these cases incisions can be placed in an alternative location that properly hides them from view.
Anyone who is prone to developing thick scar tissue or who has a history of problematic blood clotting may be unsuitable for surgery. Uncontrolled hypertension can also make a lift dangerous. People who suffer from bell's palsy, exophthalmic thyroid disease (characterized by protruding eyes), or excessively dry eyes cannot undergo a brow lift. Other physical conditions that make a lift unadvisable include advanced eyebrow drooping (or ptosis) and an insufficient amount of forehead skin. A person who has sagging and creased mouth corners or droopy cheeks may not be able to achieve acceptable results as well.
Anyone who has undergone aggressive eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in the past should not receive a brow lift, since dry eyes associated with blepharoplasty can be worsened, leading to irritated and chronically tearing eyes. Smokers and those with generally poor health are not ideal candidates for treatment either.