A common misconception about a facelift is that it addresses age-related issues on the entire face. Despite what its name might imply, facelift surgery can only correct concerns on the lower two-thirds of the face (from the cheeks down to the neck), leaving everything above the cheeks untouched. While the results achieved with a facelift are outstanding at treating wrinkles, jowls, and facial sagging, the reality is that this surgical procedure cannot help those who are struggling with issues on around their eyes and forehead. Rejuvenating one portion of your facial aesthetics while leaving the other untouched can leave many feeling their features aren’t cohesive.
Many patients in The Woodlands, TX, looking for facial aesthetic procedures often ask if they can go a step further and combine their facelift with a brow lift. A facelift improves the cheeks, chin, and neck region, while the forehead lift opens hooded eyes for an overall youthful appearance.
As a leading Texas brow lift surgeon, Dr. W. Marshall Guy has developed a unique technique for this procedure that gently, precisely refines facial tissues for long-lasting results. In this blog, we’ll discuss the details of both surgeries and how they complement each other.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a surgery designed to counteract issues of aging, like facial skin sagging, lost volume, and wrinkles. By elevating the tissues and the underlying layers called the SMAS, a facelift can provide a natural-looking, long-lasting improvement.
Typical signs of aging that a facelift can address include the following:
- Drooping cheeks
- Muscle and neck bands
- Deep lines around the mouth and nose
- Dull, dry skin
While there are less invasive anti-aging options, facelifts continue to reign as the gold standard for rejuvenation.
What Is a Brow Lift Surgery?
A brow lift is an aesthetic procedure that aims to eliminate an angry or tired appearance by removing loose skin that causes the brows to droop, creating hooded upper eyelids and deep wrinkles between the eyebrows. Elevating the sagging skin smooths wrinkles, while creating a more alert, friendlier appearance that allows your personality to shine through.
The upper third of your face plays a pivotal role in your ability to express yourself. When you have a sagging, furrowed brow, it can give you a permanent frown that causes you to look tired or angry, even when you are well-rested and in a good mood.
Once Dr. Guy corrects this problem, others may find you more approachable. Your eyes will appear brighter and more awake once the drooping skin is gone, giving you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
Does a Facelift Include a Brow Lift?
A Texas facelift typically focuses only on the lower two-thirds of the face, leaving everything above the cheeks untouched. A brow lift alters the upper third of the face, including parts of the forehead, the eyelids, and the brows. A facelift typically does not include a brow lift unless you ask Dr. Guy to combine these two procedures as part of your customized surgical plan, creating a comprehensive facial transformation.
Why Combine a Texas Facelift and Brow Lift Surgery?
There are various benefits to having a facelift and a brow lift performed in one surgery.
- You’ll receive a full-face rejuvenation.
- You won’t have a youthful face paired with aged eyes or vice versa.
- You will only have to prepare for one recovery period, saving you time and money.
- The results of one procedure will complement and enhance the other.
What Are Some Non-Surgical Alternatives to Facelift and Brow Lift Surgery?
The best non-invasive treatments to substitute for a traditional facelift and brow lift surgery will depend on what concerns you want to address. Some of the most popular requests are:
- Tighter skin
- Wrinkle reduction
- Added volume for more radiant skin
While Dr. Guy offers non-invasive procedures that can address these issues without going under the knife, the results will not last as long as those of a surgical facelift. However, they are an excellent alternative for people who aren’t physically or financially ready to make a surgical commitment yet or for those with less extensive concerns.
Let’s look at some of the possible options at Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery.
Wrinkle and Line Reduction
For reducing the appearance of wrinkles or lines in the skin, injectables such as neuromodulators and fillers are clear winners. Botox® and Dysport derive from purified botulinum toxin. In tiny amounts, they temporarily block nerve signals and muscle contractions in the areas where expression lines and wrinkles are most prevalent. Botox minimizes brow furrows, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines. It can also slow the formation of new wrinkles by preventing repetitive facial expressions.
Dermal fillers offer another safe and effective option for wrinkle reduction while also adding volume where the face has become hollow due to age, specifically underneath the eyes, the cheeks, and the jawline. Dermal fillers are smooth gel formulations that last six months to a year when injected beneath the skin.
A popular non-invasive skin tightening technique is Embrace RF & FaceTite. The Embrace RF treatment creates contour and lift using two different cutting-edge technologies. The first innovation applies bipolar radiofrequency to the skin’s surface and the subdermal layers. When the skin reaches 60 degrees Celsius or higher, Embrace RF will begin tightening and dissolving unwanted fat.
FaceTite involves creating small incisions behind the ears and below the chin. Then, the device goes to work delivering a continuously monitored stream of energy, ensuring your safety and achieving results.
Embrace RF treatment can also include Morpheus8, which combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to resolve uneven tone and texture while simultaneously creating a lifted effect.
Why Partner With a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?
Improving your appearance and self-esteem isn’t a decision to make lightly. By choosing a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, you’re setting yourself up for the highest chance of success.
Dr. Guy is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a wide range of knowledge, expertise, and experience working with different surgical techniques and non-invasive technologies. His patient-centered approach to care allows you to have the best understanding of which procedure will work best for you and how each works to address your specific areas of concern. Dr. Guy takes a collaborative approach using an open conversation, where you’re free to express your concerns, share about your lifestyle, and ultimately find the best methods to reach your ideal results.
Learn if You’re a Good Candidate for a Texas Facelift and Brow Lift Today!
At Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery, we commit to helping our patients find long-lasting, effective solutions to their aesthetics in Texas, whether through surgical means or non-invasive procedures. We’ll help you decide on the best course of action to help you reach your goals safely and effectively while preserving your unique features and expressions. Learn more about your Texas facial rejuvenation options at Guy Facial Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, TX, by calling our office at (832) 956-1040 or requesting a consultation online through our convenient website portal.