The upper eyelids and eyebrows are closely united in a facial cosmetic unit. No upper eyelid procedure should be planned without a proper assessment of the brows. It is very common for people to be concerned about their upper eyelid appearance. They may believe that their concerns are adequately addressed with a “simple” eyelid lift.
A thorough evaluation under the guidance of an experienced facial plastic surgeon, however, gives insight into the important role of the brows in successful upper eyelid rejuvenation. While not everyone needs a brow lift, it is a mistake to undergo an upper eyelid lift without first assessing the brows. Dr. Clevens can help the patient avoid the stern look and droopy upper eye appearance of a low brow position
The eye brows are relatively easy to assess: in front of a mirror, relax your forehead muscles (horizontal forehead furrows should be flat) and see where your natural eyebrow position is. Now, use three fingers and gently raise the brows a little bit, then a little more until you like the new position. If you lifted your brows by more than a quarter of an inch, you may benefit from a browlift.
What may be helped?
- Brow position
- Tired, angry, or sad look
- Loose skin in upper eyelids
- Loose skin between brows
- Expression lines and wrinkles
What may not be helped?
- Lower face and neck
- Lower eyelids
- Some lines and wrinkles that may return
- Aging process
Your tired, angry, or sad expression may not reflect how you actually feel.
The effects of aging are inevitable and the brow and forehead area show some of the first signs.
The skin loses its elasticity. Sun, wind, and the pull of gravity affect the upper face, resulting in frown lines, wrinkling across the forehead, and heaviness of your eyebrows and upper eyelids.
Even people in their thirties may look older than their years because of these changes. So, many people opt for a procedure known as forehead or brow lifting. A forehead lift that has been performed too aggressively can create a surprised or startled appearance. Dr. Clevens recognizes this danger and assures a natural and rested appearance with his brow lift techniques.
With new advances in medical technology, different methods are used to perform the procedure. Dr. Clevens often prefers forehead and brow lifting through tiny incisions with the help of fiber optic telescopes. This advanced technique, known as “endoscopic” brow lifting, offers patients less bruising, minimal discomfort, and a more rapid recovery and return to normal activities. Many patients benefit from the endoscopic approach to brow repositioning, while others achieve a better result with incisions created elsewhere within the hairline. Dr. Clevens assesses both the hairline and the brow in order to determine how best to rejuvenate the upper third of your face and brow.