Signs of aging start early, unfortunately. Many people start seeing the first signs of wrinkles as early as their mid to late twenties, and once the thirties and forties begin, aging typically starts ramping up quickly. If you are considering anti-aging surgery to help fight off signs of aging, like wrinkling or sagging skin, then one procedure you may want to consider early on is the browlift. The brow is often one of the first areas of the face to start showing signs of age, and early rejuvenation can help slow down the aging process and keep you looking younger longer. There are a couple of techniques for browlifts that you might come across when researching the procedure.
Let’s take a look at the different types of browlifts and what they are used for.
Purpose of a Browlift
A browlift is used to rejuvenate the aging brow. Gravity and aging skin that cause problems like sagging and wrinkling can be partially reversed with browlift surgery, by smoothing out wrinkles and “lifting” the brow surgically. Brow aging can also have a negative impact on facial resting expressions, lending a tired, angry, or disinterested look to the face. By improving the overall appearance of the brow, patients can soften this expression and improve first impressions.
Types of Browlifts
While all types of browlifts surgically access the forehead to tighten skin and muscles, there are a number of different approaches, mostly having to do with the incision site and type. Here are some of the browlift techniques you might come across when doing your research:
Currently the preferred method for browlift surgery whenever possible, the endoscopic technique is an advanced surgery that limits the size of the incisions involved by using a small camera to assist the surgeon. Shorter incisions make for a quicker recovery and minimal scarring. This gentle technique is also highly effective.
Open Browlift/Direct Browlift
The traditional open or direct methods for browlifts are still sometimes used, which involve long incisions at the hairline or on the brow itself to access the forehead for rejuvenation. In the past, these were the best methods for accessing the brow to lift it, but today, these methods are used much less.
Most surgeons offer a number of techniques depending on the patient, but most do prefer the endoscopic technique today for its natural-looking results, decreased downtime, and gentle procedure. A skilled facial plastic surgeon should be able to get comparable results from an endoscopic procedure as those achieved with a traditional method, with much less risk to the patient.
Choosing a Surgeon
Your plastic surgeon will be the most important factor in the success of your procedure, so make sure you choose your provider carefully. Qualifications to look for in a surgeon are board certifications, experience, and trustworthiness. Your consultations will be extremely valuable in deciding which provider will set you up for success.
When looking for beautiful, natural-looking results, Dr. Edward Buckingham of Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin is an experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon that always has his patients’ best interests at heart. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Buckingham, call (512) 401-2500 today.