A forehead lift is a common operative facial rejuvenation procedure, but another surgery which is doing an excellent job in providing a youthful appearance above and around the eyes is a temporal brow lift. This procedure, growing more in demand, helps restore a well-rested appearance which affords patients with a more renewed and younger look.
With the hand of an experienced board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in facial surgery, redundant skin is removed and muscles which are repositioned does smooth out and redefine facial contours along the upper portion of the face.
It’s also common for one undergoing a temporal brow lift to also have an upper eyelid surgery since they do complement each other. However, each patient has their own unique aesthetic needs, and this may not hold true for everyone. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon will help determine this.
Different from a forehead lift, the temporal brow lift only addresses the outer portion of the brows. Majority of brow lifts, also referred to as forehead lifts, elevate this area completely. However, a temporal lift does not. Instead, it only elevates about half of the lateral portion.
The surgical incision on each side, which is up to one inch in length, is discretely placed behind the hairline so scars are camouflaged. And as the name of the surgery suggests, the incision location is directly above the temple.
The goal of this cosmetic surgery is to provide patients with a more natural and open appearance of their eyes. Many describe the surgical outcome as a more relaxed and refreshed presence.
A consultation appointment with a plastic surgeon will help determine if a temporal brow lift versus a complete brow lift is the right procedure. During this time, the surgeon will assess the natural position of a patient’s brows by their height in comparison to one’s shape and orbital rim.
The plastic surgeon will gently perform this manually and may also take measurements.
Additionally, the surgeon will determine if the central brows are not in need of any operative elevation. If the central portion is in a good position but the lateral portion reveals a descent, then a temporal brow lift will be suggested to reshape the eyebrows and eye contours.
Many patients who decide to have this surgery often express concern at their consultation appointment about how their facial expressions appear to others. This may include the following:
The above characteristics are not what people want to portray to the workplace, family, friends, and new people they meet. Even more so, when they are well-rested, they are often asked if they are tired because they appear that way. Of course, these surgical candidates prefer a more positive looking appearance.
While patients are thrilled with their surgical outcome, they are also delighted with the fact that the surgery is considered less invasive which also affords them with less risks and complications. Again, in order to assess whether a person is the right candidate for this surgery, please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon that has extensive experience in operative facial rejuvenation.