Eyebrow Transformation: What are your Options?
Your eyes and your eyebrows are usually the first thing that people notice about you.
Being the first thing to catch someone’s eyes, it’s one of the more popular areas for facial rejuvenation surgery and feature enhancement using injectables.
So how do you ensure they look better after a treatment, not worse?
Whether your brows appear to be ageing (sagging) or have changed in ways you’re not exactly thrilled with – or if you’ve always been unhappy with the eyebrows that nature gave you – there are several options for you to choose from.
Eyebrow Makeup (even Eyebrow Transplants) Options
Today’s FAVOURITE brows are natural looking and generally on the slightly fuller, well-shaped side of eye brow trends. Whilst brow appearance trends do change over time, just like makeup styles, this fuller eye brow look seems to be holding steady in Australia.
The fuller, shapely brow also gives a naturally pleasing definition to the upper face and eye areas.
Yet many people are plagued with eyebrows that are thin and would like to change how they look by filling them in.
One option is to use the latest BROW makeup options to help make your eyebrows appear fuller.
There are some great new makeup options now – complete with eyebrow fill-in templates – to give you the brow look you crave.
Yet many people are looking for a more permanent brow enhancement option to help accentuate their eyes.
So let’s explore another eye brow solution that – whilst more extreme in nature – could potentially be an option for some patients.
Eyebrow Surgery: Transplants or a Brow Lift
Eyebrow transplant surgery involves taking hair from another part of your body, usually the back of your head, and then transplanting these hairs to the eye brow area.
What to Expect with an Eyebrow Transplant:
This procedure can be extremely difficult to perform and most people find makeup and other brow shaping options easier and more affordable.
If you opt for a brow transplant procedure, however, this is what generally occurs.
- Hair is transplanted from your head to your brows
- Healthy hair follicles are harvested from the back of your head
- The Follicles are then transferred to your brow area.
- Recovery can take from five to seven days or longer
- Regrowth rates tend to be high
- Because the hair will grow as it did from your donor site (perhaps more rapidly than your traditional eye brow hair), you may need to trim your brows more regularly.
What most patients don’t know about the Eye Brow Transplant process:
- What you may not know is that the transplanted hairs actually FALL OUT at around 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure is performed.
- The hairs then start to slowly regrow on their own.
- Over the next several months, your eyebrows tend to fill in & maintain a bit of fullness from that stage forward.
- There are few risks associated with an eyebrow transplant procedure, primarily because you are using your own hair, but it is still considered surgery and there are some risks involved that you’ll want to be aware of.
- You may notice some soreness and mild swelling around the treated brow area, but this typically resolves relatively quickly.
- The procedure can transplant from 50 to about 400 hairs.
- The volume of hair implanted depends on how FULL you are wanting your eyebrows to be.
- Your doctor will design your brows with your feedback while making sure that your look is natural and aesthetically appealing. Local anesthetic is usually applied to the brow area and the transplant begins.
- Everyone’s procedure time will vary but two to four hours is standard for most eyebrow transplants.
In terms of outcomes, the eyebrow ‘hair transplant’ procedure is intended to help give you the desired fullness that you are looking as well as the desired eye brow shape.
For best brow results, it is critical to choose a great practitioner that has extensive experience in performing eyebrow transplants.
Whilst we do NOT offer this option at either Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing or our top Plastic Surgery locations in Melbourne, you can contact us for information about who performs these procedures in either Melbourne or Sydney.
Eyebrow Restoration Options in Melbourne
You may have noticed that your eyebrows begin to sag as you age over time.
Sometimes it’s simply a process of natural ageing that leads your brows to sag. At other times, it’s attributed to lifestyle factors such as when you get too much sun exposure.
The great news is that there are many options to help restore your brows AND help improve your facial skin collagen levels.
If you are losing skin elasticity in the tissues above your eyes or suffering from a drooping brow, or if you find yourself constantly looking in the mirror and lifting your brows with your fingers to see what your face might look like with elevated brows, it might be time to visit a Plastic Surgeon to learn about surgical options for restoring the look of your brows through either a BROW LIFT or other upper face lift procedures (including a Blepharoplasty).
Surgical Brow Lift Procedures or Injectables?
There are some non-surgical options you can choose from if you’re not yet ready for Surgery, but we hope you’ll be cautious with your delicate brow and eye lid area. That’s because you can end up looking WORSE if you get too much filler – or filler in the wrong areas. Read more about injection danger zones and filler over-use syndrome.
That noted, you can get some high-quality skin SERUMS, injectable treatments or dermal fillers – even a laser procedure or a skin collagen booster treatment (such as SKIN BOOSTER injectables, DOT therapy, Fraxel or Microneedling).
All of these treatments might help improve your skin’s appearance and improve the collagen level, but you’ll want an expert Dermal Clinician’s opinion as to which ones will suit you best.
Dermal filler injections are non-surgical procedures that involve a Nurse Injector or Aesthetic Physician injecting a gel-type of DERMAL VOLUMISING solution under the skin.
- The procedure is generally fast
- Injectable treatments generally take 30 minutes to 60 minutes (but can vary from 10 minutes to 90 minutes. depending on how many areas of the face you are getting injected in one session)
- Your results will be noticeable immediately with little to zero down time
- Most people can go straight back to their normal activities after the procedure but some patients might experience some side effects such as redness, swelling or bruising, which may take a few days to resolve
Some filler or anti-wrinkle injectables treatments won’t show their FULL effect until several weeks after you have the procedure, so if you have a special event you’re wanting to look your best for, be sure to plan ahead.
The Brow Tattoos
The Brow Tattoo option may also be a solution for some patients, although tattooing has risks and removing a tattoo is painful, expensive and time consuming. Plus, it won’t necessarily give you an elevated brow appearance where your eyebrows have started to age and have begun to sag. For ageing eyebrows (or drooping brows and drooping eyelids), you may need a Brow Lift Surgery with or without a Blepharoplasty.
The Brow Lift Surgery Option: Is it time for a brow lift or combined eyelid lift/brow lift procedure?
There are some patients, however, where non-surgical solutions simply won’t help – this is when brow surgery may clearly be required to rejuvenate the upper face or improve the appearance of the eye and forehead area.
Surgery to lift the BROW involves an upper brow lift procedure (or a brow lift with eyelid rejuvenation surgery). This may also be combined with injectables to help reduce forehead wrinkled, brow furrows and eyelid area lines such as crow’s feet.
A brow lift procedure works to reverse the typical effects of gravity and time on your upper face.
This procedure can help tighten the soft tissues of your forehead and restore a more youthful contour to your upper eyelids and eyebrows.
So what can a brow lift procedure accomplish in terms of feature enhancement or facial rejuvenation?
- A brow lift can help to reduce the signs of aging and help leave you looking rejuvenated in a natural-looking way.
- A brow lift can help give your eyelids a ‘less aged’ appearance
- A brow lift can help you attain a more youthful, refreshed eye & brow appearance (a less ‘worried’ or ‘worn’ appearance to the upper face)
There are several brow-lifts or upper face lift methods available for you and your Plastic Surgeon to choose from. Different brow lifts involve varying incisions in different locations. Most brow lift incisions are super fine, however, and any scarring is either hidden, minimal or readily camouflaged so long as you choose an experienced, highly-skilled Surgeon for your procedure.
Discuss your Brow Lift options with your Plastic Surgeon.
You’ll want to have a thorough evaluation from one of our fully qualified Plastic Surgeons to:
- find out if you would benefit from a brow lift or eyelid lift procedure
- discover if you’re a good candidate for an eyebrow lift or combined upper facelift procedure
- discuss different approaches to your brow lift surgery
- evaluate the benefits of adding injectables as a temporary solution to wrinkles, lines or lost volume due to ageing
A Brow Lift is generally performed as a day surgery procedure by either a fully qualified FRACS Surgeon (CHOOSE an Experienced Plastic Surgeon) or a Oculoplastic Surgeon, such as Eyelid & Brow Rejuvenation Surgeon Dr Benjamin Burt FRANZCO FACS, in a fully accredited hospital.
The primary aim is usually rejuvenation of the brow area (or upper third of the face including your eyelids and brow area).
If you opt for a Brow Lift procedure in an accredited hospital facility, you will most likely receive general anesthesia along with local anesthesia to minimise post-operative discomfort. With our associated leading Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne or Sydney, you’ll be looked after by a stellar Surgical Support Team.
You can find out more by sending an enquiry form or arranging a Surgical consultation with one of our leading Brow Lift Surgeons including Dr Benjamin Burt, Dr Doug McManamny, Dr Geoff Barnett, Dr Richard Maxwell or Dr Tom Robbins.
The two main types of brow lifts are commonly:
Open (or ‘traditional’) brow lift – otherwise known as a Classic, Coronal or Trichophytic brow lift.
- Your Plastic Surgeon or Oculoplastic Surgeon makes a long incision across your forehead – typically around the hairline or in one of the creases of your forehead.
- Your Plastic Surgeon or Oculoplastic Surgeon then lifts the skin away from the underlying tissues, readjusts or tightens the underlying tissue structures and removes any excess fat where necessary.
- Your Surgeon removes any excess skin, pulls the remaining skin down and stitches the brow into its new, improved position.
Endoscopic brow lift
- Your Plastic Surgeon or Oculoplastic Surgeon makes several small incisions in the forehead area
- An endoscope (a metal tube with a camera attached to the end) is then inserted
- The operation is then performed similarly to that used for an open or classic brow lift procedure, but the Surgeon observes the tissues underneath the skin on a projection screen 0 rather than through an open wound\
There are pros and cons to each method of a Brow Lift and your Surgeon can help assess what procedure(s) will be best for your particular brow concerns.
So be sure to ask your Brow Lift Surgeon to explain why they prefer one procedure over the other.
- Whichever procedure your Surgeon performs, once your brow lift is completed, the treated area of the brow is then wrapped with sterile bandages to prevent bleeding and swelling, and to protect your sutures at the incision areas.
- You will be closely monitored and you will be provided with pain medication assistance to help control your post-op discomfort.
- You will need to attend a series of follow-up visits to monitor your healing processes over time
- While some swelling and discomfort will continue for several days post-op, you should be able to return to most of your normal activities by four to six weeks, sometimes earlier (but full healing and swelling reduction can sometimes take longer).
If you are wondering whether a brow rejuvenation is right for you, just send an enquiry form for more information..
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