Eventually, we all have to contend with the same fact: all the eye cream in the world isn’t going to correct sagging eyebrows, crow’s feet, or lax eyelids. As much as we might want to believe that skincare products alone are powerful enough to tighten and lift your skin, the truth of the matter is that many of these products need a helping hand. At Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD, we know that the best solution for sagging eyebrows is a brow lift treatment.
How Long Do Brow Lift Results Last?
If you’re going to invest in a cosmetic treatment or surgery, then it’s understandable if you want to know how long your investment will last. To be perfectly clear, no cosmetic treatment for age-related concerns is entirely permanent, but they can last for a long time. For surgical brow lifts, you can expect to enjoy the results of your procedure for 10 to 12 years on average.
Of course, some patients will enjoy the results of a surgical lift for a longer period of time. Factors such as your age and skincare routine will determine how long your treatment will ultimately last you. Still, even if the natural aging process can only be held off for so long, a surgical lift is one of the more cost-effective cosmetic treatments out there.
What About Non-Surgical Results?
The one thing that is always true about non-surgical versions of cosmetic surgeries is this: they won’t last as long. While a surgical lift for your brows can last a decade, you can generally expect a non-surgical lift to last for about two years at a time. At our clinic, we use Thermage, an energy-based thermal treatment that stimulates collagen production to lift and tighten skin for long periods to hold off the natural aging process.
Naturally, you will have other non-surgical options, such as combining injectable treatments to fill skin volume and relax muscles in the face that contribute to wrinkles and sagging brows. For example, a combination of Botox and a dermal filler can give you a liquid lift or can be used in conjunction with surgical treatments.
How Soon Can You See Results?
Your results will be visible as soon as you have recovered from your treatment. For surgical lifts, you can expect that your results will be visible about 12 to 14 days after your procedure, which is when you will be mostly recovered. For non-surgical lifts, your results may be more immediate, as injectable treatments will take 5 to 7 days to be visible. However, due to the nature of the treatment, Thermage results will be visible within 14 to 28 days after your treatment.
How Can You Maintain Results?
The best way to enjoy your results is to maintain your results so you can look younger and feel more confident for longer. Maintaining your results will largely depend on the method of your treatment, as non-surgical lifts will involve touch-up treatments a couple of times a year. However, for both surgical and non-surgical lifts, you should pay attention to two categories of care to have results for as long as possible.
Wearing adequate sunscreen when you are outside for any length of time is the best way to protect the health of your skin, prevent premature aging, and slow down the aging process. Unprotected exposure to UV rays eventually compromises your skin’s natural protective barrier and exposes your skin to free radicals that quickly break down the integrity of your skin cells, which speeds up the aging process.
Unprotected sun exposure is also a quick way to undo the results of your treatment. Whether your brow treatment was surgical or non-surgical, UV rays can break down the work that has been completed by your treatment. This is particularly true for injectable treatments and treatment methods that depend on the structure of your skin to maintain its integrity.
Skincare products can also help you maintain your results. Remember how eye creams and other anti-aging products usually need a helping hand to be as effective as possible? After you have a brow treatment, these skincare products can help maintain your results by aiding in the stimulation of collagen production to keep your skin tight and lifted. Anti-aging products used correctly can prolong the results of your treatment, as well.
What Can Brow Rejuvenation Do for Your Appearance?
A brow rejuvenation treatment can do a lot to alter and uplift your appearance. As an anti-aging treatment, brow rejuvenation can lift your brows to a more youthful position, correct asymmetrical brow arches, tighten skin on the forehead, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the heaviness of the eyelids. Each of the improvements can drastically change your appearance and shed years off your visible age.
What Causes Sagging Eyebrows?
Generally speaking, all skin laxity is caused by the same loss of structural skin proteins associated with the natural aging process. As we age, our body begins to naturally produce less collagen and elastin, which are the two proteins in the sub-dermal layers of skin that are associated with skin tightness, elasticity, and volume. The less collagen and elastin that is present in our skin, the more obvious the changes in our skin and appearance becomes.
Your eyebrows are highly mobile areas of your face, which means that over a lifetime, the skin in this area of the face involves a lot of movement that requires skin elasticity. When the natural aging process causes your skin to lose this elasticity, then like a stretched-out rubber band, the skin loses its ability to snap back into a tight place. This is why people with expressive faces tend to have more sagging in the eyebrows as they age.
What Causes Frown Wrinkles on the Forehead?
Likewise, wrinkles on the forehead are also caused by a lack of collagen and elastin in the skin. But not all forehead wrinkles are as deep as others, and there’s a very good reason for this.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that form as a direct result of repeated facial movements, which means the frown lines between your brows are dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are notoriously difficult to treat since they etch deep into the skin and require drastic methods to smooth and relax them. A surgical lift for your brow area will be able to pull this skin taut and significantly reduce the appearance of dynamic brow wrinkles.
How Are Brow Lifts Done?
The way your lift treatment is performed will depend on the exact method that is being used. For eyebrow surgery, you will likely require local anesthesia, which is a mild sedative that will keep you comfortable for the duration of your treatment. Surgical lifts are completed with small incisions that will pull and lift your skin into a higher position.
Non-surgical treatments can usually be completed within about 30 minutes and typically will not involve any need for anesthesia or sedation. While some patients prefer to use a topical numbing cream for Thermage or injectable treatments, there is little to no discomfort associated with non-surgical brow treatments.
How Should You Prepare for Brow Rejuvenation?
Whether your treatment method is surgical or non-surgical, there are still a few things you will need to do to prepare for your treatment so you can heal quickly and enjoy your results sooner. For example, we usually instruct patients to discontinue using blood-thinning medications and supplements for about five to seven days before their treatment.
You may also be instructed to temporarily stop using certain skincare products, including Retinol, before your treatment. For Thermage treatments especially, you will need to avoid direct unprotected sunlight for at least one week before your treatment, including tanning beds.
What Will Your Recovery Be Like?
Recovery for both surgical and non-surgical treatments is relatively minor. While recovering from a surgical brow procedure may take more time and care in how to treat your incision sites, it’s generally no more challenging than recovering from non-surgical lifts. Your recovery will also include instructions to avoid sunlight, excessive heat and sweating, and strenuous exercise.
What Are the Benefits of Brow Rejuvenation?
The longevity of a brow lift surgery or treatment is one of the main benefits for many patients, particularly those who want to enjoy their results for as long as possible. In addition to the longevity of your results, other benefits of this treatment will include:
Look Younger and More Relaxed
As an anti-aging treatment, it’s no surprise that one of the main benefits of brow rejuvenation is the ability to look younger and more relaxed after you are recovered from your treatment. Appearing more relaxed or less stressed is particularly important, especially if you are constantly lifting and furrowing your brows to take the weight off your eyelids.
Minimize Crows Feet and Sagging Eyelids
Many patients seek this treatment solely to tighten the skin on the forehead and lift the brows, but as a matter of fact, the results of this treatment will also minimize the appearance of crows feet and correct sagging eyelids. These secondary benefits are often just as important to patients, particularly those who have been struggling with skin laxity on and around the eyes.
Apply Cosmetics More Easily
One of the fun fringe benefits of this treatment is the fact that you will be able to apply cosmetics easier once you are healed. This means it will be easier to apply eyeshadow or use brow gel, as your canvas for these products will have an even texture. In addition to cosmetics, you may also find that your eyecare products are also easier to apply.
Who Are Ideal Brow Rejuvenation Candidates?
Any woman or man who is less than confident about their appearance due to dynamic wrinkles, heavy eyelids, crow’s feet, and sagging eyebrows are all potentially good candidates for this treatment. You must attend a consultation appointment so we can assess your eligibility for one of our lifting treatments. There is no specific age that is best for this treatment; if you have sagging eyebrows now that you want to correct, then you are probably a good fit for this treatment.
Refresh Your Appearance With a Brow Lift!
There’s only so much over-the-counter eye creams and products will be able to do to refresh your appearance, so when it seems like none of your efforts are making a difference, it’s time to turn to cosmetic treatments to get the results you want. If you think you are a good match for a brow lift treatment, please contact Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD to schedule your consultation today.