As the skin in your forehead and brow ages, it loses its elasticity. This deflation of the soft tissue allows gravity to pull on the skin, resulting in brow ptosis (brow drooping). It is often misdiagnosed, and many patients with this condition come in seeking an upper eyelid blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) to fix the problem.
While the conditions can exist together, the effect of the brow drooping is often overlooked. Consequently, many patients need a forehead or brow lift, not a blepharoplasty.
Although the most common cause of a saggy or droopy brow is aging, it can also be caused by medical conditions or a facial trauma. In any case, patients typically complain of increasing frown lines and wrinkles across the forehead and an increasing heaviness to the brow which may result in an unnatural fullness to the upper eyelids.
As a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in oculoplastics, Dr. Vickers has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of brow ptosis and lid conditions. He can properly identify the factors contributing to your brow ptosis and come up with the best treatment options to reduce or eliminate the saggy or droopy brow.
Dr. Vickers offers several surgical forehead and brow lift options, each with advantages and disadvantages. These surgical procedures can be performed on their own, or in conjunction with other surgeries. Surgeon and patient must communicate clearly when a brow lift is planned. Over-lifting can cause a surprised or puzzled look. Furthermore, male and female patients have different brow contours and this must be maintained during surgery. Dr. Vickers will help you decide on the best procedure for your brow lift goals.