Are Brow Lifts the Next Big Trend in Plastic Surgery?
Brow lifts, also called forehead lifts, seem to be gaining more and more popularity, especially among women. Whether due to celebrity influence, new aesthetic trends, or even social media, brow lifts are now one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the country. By tightening loose skin in the forehead and brow areas, a brow lift can offer a younger, more alert overall appearance. This, in turn, can boost a woman’s self-esteem and even her overall quality of life. Here are four of the top reasons why brow lifts may have become so popular.
1. New Aesthetic Focus on Eyebrows
If you’re familiar with viral social media trends, you may have come across the phrase, “brows on fleek” more than once. While this trend primarily highlights the structure of a woman’s eyebrows, sagging skin and wrinkles can create an unwanted tired and sunken-in appearance. With such an emphasis being placed on eyebrows in general, brow lifts seem to go hand-in-hand with today’s aesthetic trend toward strongly defined brow lines and facial features.
2. Your Forehead Often Shows the First Signs of Aging
A brow lift is unique from a facelift in that it primarily addresses the forehead, rather than the entire face. For many women, the forehead often reveals the first signs of aging, as it’s responsible for most facial expressions. As your muscles contract to form these expressions, which can range anywhere from a smile to an angry, furrowed look, over time, permanent lines and wrinkles form on your skin (Mayo Clinic). When these forehead wrinkles are a concern, but you don’t feel you’re in need of a facelift, a brow lift can be an effective solution.
3. Can Create a More Approachable Appearance
Because your brow is so central to your overall appearance and facial expressions, set-in lines and wrinkles can sometimes cause you to seem angry, sad, or unapproachable, when in reality, you feel happy, energized, and friendly. A brow lift can result in a brighter, more alert, and even more comfortable look by removing and tightening excess or loose skin around your eyes and browline (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
Keep in mind, though, that a brow lift is different from a eyelid surgery, as a brow lift addresses the eyes indirectly by lifting and tightening the surrounding skin. Eyelid surgery, on the other hand, addresses the delicate skin that makes up the eyelids (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
4. Offers a Long-Lasting Solution
While injectables like BOTOX and Juvederm, along with medical spa procedures like chemical peels, are also becoming very popular, these treatments offer only temporary solutions to facial aging (American Board of Cosmetic Surgery). For some women, scheduling regular appointments for these procedures is a suitable solution. But for many others looking for a much longer-lasting solution, a brow lift can offer the comprehensive results they’re looking for.
Taking the Next Step
If you’re considering a brow lift for any reason, working with the right plastic surgeon is the first step towards loving your new look. Remember to look for qualities like board-certification, experience performing brow lifts, and the ability to effectively and comfortably communicate with you. One of the best ways to determine if a particular practice is right for you is to peruse before and after photos online, make a few phone calls, or even schedule a consultation.
At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh and Wexford, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Heil is dedicated to providing detailed and highly individualized consultations to each client in a comfortable and relaxing environment. If you’d like more information about your brow lift options, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heil, please feel free to contact us at 724-264-3608, and a member of our friendly staff would be happy to assist you.