Brow lifts are one of the most highly requested procedures at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic in Newport Beach, California. However, many patients show up to their consultation with a lot of misconceptions about this procedure. Dr. Qazi is here to address all your questions and tackle everyone’s burning question: how long does a brow lift last?
What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that addresses signs of aging in the upper third of the face. It is often performed at the same time as a facelift or a neck lift. A brow lift is a long-lasting solution to correct droopy brows, sagging skin around the eyes, and loose skin on the forehead.
When you get come to Qazi Cosmetic Clinic, the procedure is performed by Dr. Qazi’s team of expert plastic surgeons. If you want a complete transformation, you can easily pair your brow lift with another anti-aging procedure, such as a:
- Buccal fat removal
- Facial liposuction
- Double chin treatment
- Lower eyelid treatment
- Nose job
What Happens During a Brow Lift?
When you get a this procedure, you will be under general anesthesia the entire time. For the duration of the procedure, a medical professional will monitor your vitals and take care of you.
The medical team will make small incisions in your hairline. Much like with a facelift, they will remove extra skin and fat from your browns. At the end of the procedure, the medical team will lift your brows and secure the area at the hairline.
Because the incisions are made at the hairline, any visible scars will be easy to hide. In fact, most patients do not have any scarring that is visible to others. Between the small size of the incisions and the medical team’s strategic placement, no one will ever guess that you had a procedure.
Is a Brow Lift the Same as Botox?
Botox is often called the “liquid brow lift.” This can be confusing for patients because the two procedures are actually very different. The key difference is that a brow lift is a medical procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. Whereas Botox is an in-office procedure that you can get during your lunch break.
It is normal for patients in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s to get Botox in order to fend off wrinkles. However, the face normally reaches a point where Botox is no longer the best anti-aging solution to meet your needs. When your eyelids begin to droop and your wrinkles are beyond the magic of Botox, it may be time for a brow lift.
There are also other key differences:
- Recovery – After Botox, you can go back to the rest of your day with minimal soreness. After a the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home and take care of you.
- Timeline of Results – The results of Botox will become visible within a few days once your skin recovers from any swelling or bruising caused by the needle. When you get a brow lift, you will not see the results for up to 6 weeks because your face will need time to heal.
- Length of Results – Because Botox is a non-invasive procedure, the results last for about 6 months, then you will need a follow-up appointment. Brow lifts can last several years, depending on how well you care for your results.
- Cost – When you first crunch the numbers, a brow lift is much more costly than Botox. This is because you are paying for the surgical suite, the medical team’s expertise, and the services of the nurses to look after you.
Botox is initially more affordable because it does not require a surgical suite or a nursing team. However, it is a one-time expense and you get to enjoy your results for many years to come.
What is a Mini Brow Lift?
A mini brow lift is just what it sounds like: a minimal version of a brow lift. During the procedure, the incisions near the hairline are smaller and the medical team removes less excess tissue from the face. Mini versions of regular cosmetic procedures are very common. For example, there are mini facelifts, mini tummy tucks, and MicroLipo as an alternative to liposuction.
This procedure is less involved alternative for patients who have moderate cosmetic concerns. For example, if your brows do not sag into your line of vision or you don’t have excessive wrinkles, then a mini face lift may be right for you.
The only difference between a mini life and a full lift is the extent of the procedures. Because of this, the healing period for a mini brow lift may be slightly shorter than a full brow lift. This procedure is also more efficient, so this procedure may have a smaller price tag than a full brow lift.
Mini brow lifts are frequently combined with other procedures. For example, patients may want a facelift; however, improvements in one area can draw attention to other areas. This means that, even after a facelift, the neck or brows can still give away your age. This is a popular addition to a facelift to complete the look and to properly address aging on all parts of the face.
How Long Does a Brow Lift Last?
Results normally lasts 10 to 15 years for most patients. Unlike Botox or other non-invasive procedures, a brow lift won’t “wear off” because there is no Botox or filler for the body to absorb. The reason that you may lose the results after 15 years is because natural aging is inevitable.
How Can I Maintain the Results of a Brow Lift for as Long as Possible?
The key to maintaining your results is to take good care of your skin. Dr. Qazi normally instructs patients to do these 5 things:
- Be smart when you are out in the sun. This means always wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Not only will your skin stay healthy and free of skin cancer, you will look younger for longer.
- Do not smoke. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. When it comes to skin care, smoking can prematurely age the face and adversely affect how your skin heals after a brow lift.
- Stay hydrated. Hydration can be the key to beautiful skin. If you have a hard time remembering to drink water, find other ways to make water more enjoyable. Consider adding tea bags, lemon slices, or flavor packs to water to help you remember to hydrate.
- Avoid stress. All that frowning, stressing, and scowling will not help your results. Stress is one of those unavoidable factors in life, but you could still benefit from learning about mindfulness, taking anger management classes, and setting boundaries when it comes to activities that stress you out.
- Avoid weight fluctuations. No one wants to gain weight, but did you know that losing weight can be unhealthy too? Weight fluctuations caused by huge changes to diet put stress on the body. Weight changes can also affect the results. Be sure to continue your normal eating routine, do not do any crash diets, and exercise regularly in a sustainable way.
Why is a Brow Lift Not Permanent?
When patients come to Dr. Qazi for their consultation, they commonly ask “how long does a brow lift last?”
The purpose is to reverse the damage to your skin and brow that time has already done to it. A brow lift can rewind the clock on your face by reversing sagging and wrinkles. However, a brow lift is not the same as putting your face in a cryogenic chamber. After your brow lift, you will continue to age. Factors in your environment may also affect how your age may show in your face.
This is why it is normal for patients to get a refresher or a mini brow lift after 10-15 years. Your first procedure will give you a fresh start with a fresh face, then your refresher brow lift will erase all the signs of aging that occurred in the decade since your first procedure.
What is the Best Age for a Brow Lift?
Most patients who receive a this procedure are between the ages of 40 and 65 years old. However, that range is not a hard-and-fast rule for the proper age to get a brow lift. The best age for a brow lift will depend on several personal factors:
- Need. Are your eyelids drooping? Does it impair your vision? Regardless of age, it may be necessary to correct drooping eyelids that impair the quality of your life.
- Genetics. How people look is heavily dependent on genes and how their parents looked. If your parents developed drooping eyes at the age of 35, chances are that you will too. In that case, it may be right for you to get a brow lift earlier than average.
- General health. Most patients are under 65 years old. This is because some older people are not in good enough health for cosmetic procedures in their sunset years. However, if you are active, healthy, and want a the procedure in your 70s, there is no reason that you can’t get one.
- Timing. You should expect a 6-8 week recovery. Most people need to take 1 week off work, but they will still be bruised and sore for several weeks. In many professions, it is difficult to take enough time off to heal. If you work in an appearance-based industry, it may not work for you to get a brow lift during certain seasons.
Can Younger People Get a Brow Lift?
It is no secret that celebrities like Arianna Grande, all the Kardashians, Bella Hadid, Madison Beer, and Camila Cabello have probably all had some kind of non-surgical brow lift. Thanks to social media, anti-aging procedures no longer belong to the parents and grandparents.
If you are under 40 and considering this procedure, Dr. Qazi will need to evaluate if you have the cosmetic concerns necessary to justify the procedure. Most patients under 40 are not the right candidate. In this case, Dr. Qazi will recommend Botox or fillers to help you get the filter-free look that you want.
How Do I Know if a Brow Lift is Right for Me?
The best candidates are men and women who are in good health, experience drooping brows, and want to improve the appearance of their foreheads. If you are interested in a brow lift, schedule a no-obligation consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. Dr. Qazi can help you determine what treatment is right for you.