Should I Get A Face Lift Or A Brow Lift?

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What is the best cosmetic procedure to help you get a youthful, glowing, wrinkle-free face: brow lift or face lift? Both procedures can be very helpful in achieving a more youthful face. When deciding which procedure is right for you, it is important to examine the differences between the two surgeries and their different effects on parts of the face.

As with any plastic surgery, it is important to be in good health when you undergo the procedure. Cosmetic surgery procedures are personal decisions between patients and doctors. Other people should not pressure you into a procedure that you are not comfortable with. So, should you get a face lift or a brow lift?

What is a Face Lift?

The technical term for a face lift is a rhytidectomy. This procedure is the most complex approach for correcting sagging skin and wrinkles. During the procedure, excess skin is removed, muscles and tissues are tightened, and skin is adjusted to reveal a youthful face and neck. A face lift addresses many areas of the face: deep creases in the lower eyelids, deep creases along the nose, mid-face sagging, and the excess skin underneath the chin.

There are three different face-lift procedures involving different incisions. Dr. Z will help you chose which is right for you based on your specific face and needs. However, in all of the face lift procedures, an incision will be made around your ears and the size of the incision depends upon the extensiveness of the procedure. Here are the three face lift procedures.

Traditional Face Lift

The incision from a traditional face-lift starts at the base of your temples and runs behind your ears to your lower hairline.

Limited Incision Face Lift

As the name suggests, the incisions in this procedure are smaller. They are a series of short incisions along the same pathway as the traditional face-lift.

Neck Lift

The incisions for a neck lift begin at the front of the ears, then go around the back, and into the lower hairline.

What Is A Brow Lift?

As you age, wrinkles may begin to form that affect the appearance of your face, and the most common place for these wrinkles to form is the forehead region. These unwanted wrinkles might make a person look older, angry, stressed or generally unhappy. The Brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that aims to smooth these wrinkles by repositioning the eyebrows higher on the face. As with the face lift, there are three different brow lift procedures involving three different types of incisions.

Open Brow-Lift

This technique involves one long incision that is typically hidden in the patient’s hairline. The muscles of the face are then loosened, and excess fat is removed.

Limited Incision Technique

This procedure targets wrinkles around the eyes rather than on the center of the forehead. The incision for this procedure is also hidden from plain sight in the patient’s hairline.

Endoscopic Brow-Lift

This is the least invasive form of brow-lift surgery. It is performed through a series of short incisions along the hairline. The surgeon will then use thin instruments and a camera to reposition and lift tissue in the forehead, while also removing any excess fat.

Which Technique Should I Get?

The answer to this question depends on what your plastic surgeon recommends and what you are looking for out of your surgery. Both procedures help to reveal a fresher, more youthful face and many patients are happy with both procedures. However, if you experience mid-face sagging, deep creases along the eyelid, nose, and mouth, hanging skin under your chin, or drooping skin then a face lift may be right for you. If you have problems with the wrinkles in between your eyebrows or across the forehead, heavy upper eyelids, or drooping eyebrows then the brow lift may be right for you.

Either way, both of these procedures are great ways to get rid of unwanted signs of aging along with any social anxiety that these issues may be causing. Schedule a consultation today to speak with our trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Z, to find out which procedure best suits your individual needs as a patient.

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