Eyebrow / Forehead Sagging

Eyebrow and forehead sagging is a typical part of the aging process.

Forehead sagging is a typical part of the aging process. As we get older, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, increasing the laxity of our skin. In some cases, forehead sagging can be dramatic, so some people choose to have a cosmetic procedure done to correct the problem. A typical wrinkle reduction treatment such as Botox or Juvéderm can sometimes suffice, helping our skin look tighter and more radiant. Botox, when used appropriately, can cause a subtle elevation of the brows and brightening of the eyes. In other cases, however, brow lift surgery may be needed to achieve optimal results.

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Sagging Brow and Forehead?

As our brows lose elasticity, the distance between them and our eyelashes diminishes. This decline results in a sad, tired, or angry appearance. A sagging brow and asymmetry can not only give others the wrong impression, it can also lower our self-confidence. Those living with forehead sagging will be happy to know that brow lift surgery is not a complicated procedure. A typical lift can be done in 1-2 hours, after which you are free to go home.

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Brow Lift Surgery

Surgery to adjust forehead sagging typically involves one of several techniques. An endoscopic brow lift consists of making several incisions behind the hairline and using a camera to view underlying muscles. After getting a thorough idea of your muscular structure, the surgeon will lift your forehead and anchor it in place using small screws or sutures. A coronal brow lift is similar, but involves making an ear to ear incision and overlapping the scalp behind the incision with the scalp in front. A hairline brow lift involves an incision between the top of your forehead and the beginning of your hairline. This procedure relies on removing a small amount of skin from the top of your forehead rather than pulling the hairline back. The technique chosen will depend on the surgeon’s assessment of your specific needs.

Expected Surgical Results

After the procedure, prescription medication and cold compresses will be necessary to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort. As your incisions heal, you may experience itching and numbness that will subside over time. Any bandages applied by your doctor will be removed after 3 days and sutures will typically be extracted after 10 days. After your skin is healed, you will notice a dramatic improvement in the tightness and smoothness of your forehead. 

Brow Lift Surgery in Richmond and Midlothian, Virginia

Don’t let forehead sagging affect your self-esteem! Travis Shaw, MD is a skilled medical professional dedicated to improving the health and beauty of the Richmond and Midlothian communities. Make an appointment to discuss brow lift surgery today by calling/texting (804) 775-4559 or submitting your information via the form below.