The human face communicates an array of emotions which are an integral element of one’s appearance. You’ll be perceived as more approachable with a warm smile than with a cold-hearted look of angry eyes, arrogance, or contempt. A furrowed brow can portray to others other unintended emotions.
Women and men seek Botox® injections to help minimize horizontal forehead furrows and vertical lines between the eyebrows to minimize an aged appearance. Botox® offers short-term benefits. The forehead furrows and lines between the brows are created by powerful muscles. As the muscles contract, “worry” lines are created. The skin becomes less elastic with age causing deeper furrowing and droopy eyebrows that may obstruct vision and add to an aged appearance.
Eyes are often considered one of the most important aesthetic units of the face. Our eyes can make us look young or old, happy or sad, tired or rested. Making “eye” contact is considered integral when communicating with others. As we age, skin, muscle, and ligaments around the eye lose their tone and elasticity resulting in the eye losing its youthful shape, evidenced by sagging and hooding of the upper eyelids, outturned lower lids, lower “bags,” and “crows feet.”
Botox® helps the short term. Surgical correction may be more cost-effective. Upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be performed in conjunction with a brow lift (or forehead lift) which leads to a more youthful look. Patients requesting these procedures range in age from 40 to 70.
The forehead elevates the brow and forehead back where it belongs and cosmetically reduces creases that appear with age in the forehead, sagging eyebrows, and “crow’s feet.”
Eyelid surgery treats drooping eyelids, but not drooping eyebrows or wrinkles. It can improve the appearance of baggy skin over and under the eyes and sinking upper eyelids as well as reduces the “bags” under the eyes.
Blepharoplasties and brow lifts are surgical procedures that are often combined when a patient would benefit from improvement to not just the eyes but to the upper third of the face. Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and recovery requires less than two weeks.