Aging brings about many advantages and benefits, but not when it comes to our skin. As we age, our faces show the effects of time as skin loses elasticity. Wrinkles form along the forehead and brows sag, making the upper eyelids appear saggy as well and contributing to an overall tired look. If you’re interested in achieving a more youthful, alert look for your face, then a brow lift may be right for you.
Also called a forehead lift, a brow lift removes or alters the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines and raise eyebrows for a more youthful appearance. Patients typically range between the ages of 40 and 60 as they start seeing the effects of time on their faces. Ideal candidates are in good health and have horizontal lines across their forehead, vertical “11” lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes and a general sagging of their brows, which makes them look tired or angry.
There are a couple ways to perform a brow lift, but Dr. Derek Steinbacher most often performs an endoscopic brow lift rather than a coronal lift. A coronal brow lift is a traditional brow lift that consists of one long incision from ear to ear across the top of the head, hidden within the hairline. The forehead skin is lifted away from the head as underlying muscles are trimmed and repositioned as necessary. Eyebrows may be lifted as well, before excess skin is trimmed. The skin is re-draped and the long incision is then closed.
An endoscopic brow lift consists of making 3-5 short incisions within the hairline. An endoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a camera on the end, is inserted through one of the incisions to provide an excellent view of the areas that need to be addressed. Microsurgical tools are inserted through the other incisions to manipulate the skin and muscles to tighten and lift. The small incisions are then closed, resulting in minimal scarring and shorter recovery time than traditional coronal brow lift surgery.
What’s great about a brow lift is that it can be combined with a number of procedures, including a face lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) and skin rejuvenation to achieve the results you desire. To learn more about a brow lift and other ways to achieve a more youthful look, call (203) 453-6635 for a consultation today.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.
He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.
Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!