You may have been born with gorgeous eyes that have become hidden with age. A normal aging change is sagging of the eyebrows which also causes the skin to sag, hanging over the eyelids. This detracts from the beauty of your eyes and makes you look older than you are.
If you want to bring your eyes out of hiding and restore a fresher, more youthful appearance to your entire face, you may want to consider Brow Lift surgery in St. Louis with Dr. John Holds or his associates.
A Brow Lift (sometimes also called a forehead lift) is a straightforward procedure that can be safely performed to:
- Reduce sagging skin of the upper eyelid.
- Make your eyes look naturally larger.
- Soften frown wrinkles between the eyes or across the top of the nose, creating a smooth forehead.
- Correct abnormalities of eyebrow shape or position.
- Create a more symmetrical look to your eyes and eyebrows.
A Brow Lift procedure is frequently performed on a cosmetic basis. When there is lost peripheral vision from a severely sagging eyebrow, however, the simple, direct type of Brow Lift is sometimes covered on a medically necessary basis by insurance carriers.
When you arrive at our office, you will need to provide a medical history. We need to know about any major illnesses or problems you have had, such as heart disease, hypertension, prior surgeries (especially facial surgery), etc.
We also need to know your medication history, including medications or supplements that thin the blood. All over-the-counter pain/fever reducers (except Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are off limits for a week before eyelid surgery, as are herbal medications such as ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, fish oil, flax seed oil, and vitamin E.
Dr. Holds will ask you what bothers you about your eyelids, and he will discuss how these aging changes in your eyelids may relate to changes in other parts of your face. Eyebrow position is particularly important in upper eyelid surgery. He will discuss your surgical goals, talk about what is attainable, and create a plan to accomplish it. A mutual understanding of the goals, expectations, and outcomes is essential to a great result!
An examination is then performed to look for any eye conditions such as a dry eye. This could limit or alter the surgical plan and be a possible post-operative concern. As a board-certified ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), as well as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, Dr. Holds is attuned to eye diseases and concerns. Some of the best facial and cosmetic surgeons in the area regularly refer patients to Dr. Holds because of his expertise and ability to operate safely on patients who are at higher risk for complications.
How is a Brow Lift Performed?
While you are under an anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling any pain, Dr. Holds makes tiny incisions on your scalp just above your eyebrow or beside your temples and in the scalp where your hair will hide the minimal scars. He can then lift your skin to eliminate sagging, remove wrinkles, or change the shape of your brows.
A Brow Lift is done on an outpatient basis, so you can go home shortly after and shampoo your hair the next day. It is a safe and commonly performed procedure in our practice. Dr. Holds and his associates have extensive experience performing Brow Lifts at Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. in St. Louis, achieving great results for his patients.
Recovering From a Brow Lift
Recovery from this procedure is fast, and discomfort is usually minimal. You may experience some minor swelling, bruising, or pain, but discoloration can be covered with makeup. You will also receive a prescription for pain medication in case you need it. Sutures are removed 6-8 days after surgery.
Dr. Holds may suggest that you have one of several different types of eyelid surgery at the same time as your Brow Lift. An Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty would remove some of the excess skin on the lids, and generally some excess prolapsing fat. This tissue removal, combined with lifting of the skin during the Brow Lift, may be the best option to give you the most beautiful result possible.
The best news is that the effects of your Brow Lift will last for a long time, maintaining your youthful look for years to come.
Call our office today at (314) 567-3567 for a consultation to find out the best procedure for a more attractive you!