Is a Facelift Enough for Forehead Lines?

Many prospective facelift patients visit my Seattle-area practice anticipating a comprehensive, whole-face improvement. Although the surgery can yield impressive results, many people don”t realize that a traditional facelift focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face. Because the lower face, including the jaw and chin, are where most people notice the most severe signs of facial aging, a facelift on its own can provide the results they want. For patients who wish to alleviate lines and wrinkles in the upper face, the surgery likely won”t be enough. The news is that facelift patients have options when it comes to the upper face.

One common, simple solution is BOTOX® Cosmetic. Although its results are temporary, BOTOX provides measurable improvement in the dynamic wrinkles of the upper face, including crow”s feet, brow creases, and glabellar lines between the brows (sometimes called the “11s” or “frown lines”).

For more severe concerns of the upper face, however, surgical intervention may be the best option. At my practice, I offer a procedure called an endoscopic brow lift, which can be performed on its own or as an addition to a facelift. With the aid of a small endoscopic camera, I can use very small incisions to raise the position of the brow, smooth forehead lines, and help create a more alert, refreshed appearance.

If you”re curious about which facial rejuvenation option may be the best match for you, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience with facial surgery and non-surgical treatments can help you make a decision.

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