If you’re bothered by a droopy appearance in your forehead or eyebrows, you’re not alone. Popularity of surgical and nonsurgical procedures that address forehead lines, sagginess, and wrinkles have been on the rise in recent years. And numerous factors can lead to those common complaints.
Board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, is pleased to offer patients in Manhattan and Scarsdale, New York, brow lift procedures and other nonsurgical options to help create the look you desire.
Take a few minutes to learn more about eyebrow sagging, including why it happens and ways our team can help.
Why eyebrows sag
Your eyebrows may drop lower, providing a sagging look, for several different reasons. You may have a naturally saggy forehead because of genetic factors. Or aging might be having an unappealing effect on your brows.
As you age, your face naturally changes its shape and appearance due to reduced amounts of fat and less elasticity. Diminished production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin a plump look, also contributes. While your brows themselves may not shift much, these factors create a sagged appearance.
And if you’ve spent a good deal of time in the sun without UV protection, you may have excessive amounts of wrinkles in your forehead, which can create a slumped brow look.
How a brow lift can help
A brow lift aims to raise your forehead in the brow area, leading to a well-rested or youthful look. You may opt to have the procedure on its own or along with a facelift or eyelid blepharoplasty.
While the specifics of your procedure depend on the state of your face and your goals, an eyebrow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is generally performed in these steps:
Once you’re under anesthesia, Dr. Schwarcz makes incisions behind or under your hairline. He inserts an endoscope and camera to observe the tissues beneath your skin. He then lifts the skin on your forehead and may remove some amount of excess tissue to create your desired look. Sutures hold your eyebrows in place until you’ve healed.
Within about 2 to 3 weeks the swelling should be down, and you should have a good idea of what the final result will look like. Total recovery happens at the 6 month point.
Injections for sagging brows
If you’re looking for a less invasive option to address sagging eyebrows, Dr. Schwarcz may recommend an injectable treatment, such as Botox®. Botox temporarily paralyzes muscles in the treatment area to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
If the drooping you’re bothered by derives from forehead wrinkling, Botox may be your best bet. Each treatment takes place during a short in-office visit and results can last for up to 3-6 months.
To learn more about sagging eyebrows or to get started with your desired treatment, call one of our offices to book an appointment with Dr. Schwarcz today. You can also request an appointment through this website using our online scheduling tool.