Feminizing Brow Lift (Browplasty)
How does a Brow Lift or Browplasty help with Facial Feminization?
Women tend to have higher more arched brows than men, while men have lower, heavier, and more prominent brows. Among the cluster of surgical procedures that comprise Facial Feminization Surgery, a Brow Lift is used to raise the eyebrows to a higher, more feminine position on the face.
Will a brow lift also make me look younger?
Depending on your age, a feminizing Brow Lift may also create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. It will improve, or even eliminate common telltale signs of aging such as “sagging” eyebrows, wrinkles on the forehead, and crow’s feet. The procedure addresses horizontal and vertical lines, such as frown lines and furrows between the eyebrows and around the eye — most specifically with regards to the corrugator muscle — the muscle between the eyebrows where Botox injections are placed. Often during a brow lift, we will sever the corrugator muscle which eliminates the future need for Botox and also alleviates vertical wrinkling between the eyebrows permanently.
Do all brows need to be lifted to make them appear feminine? Or is brow shaping more important for a feminine face?
Not all brows need to be lifted. In fact, some just need to be shaped into a more feminine form and aesthetic. Also, depending on your existing facial features, your brows may actually elevate to a higher position–as you age. Approximately 30% of the population experiences a shift in brow position as they age. As for what produces aesthetically pleasing results, the shape and positioning of the “tail” of the brow are more important than the overall height of the brow.
Additionally, as we age, we may lose volume in our temple areas. Yet, this can be significantly improved upon by restoring volume with a natural filler such as your own body fat via a Fat Transfer procedure.
How is a Brow Lift procedure performed within Facial Feminization Surgery?
Brow Lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia usually via an “open” approach during your long format Facial Feminization Surgery session. Although endoscopic brow techniques are common, we achieve better results with an open approach because it allows for better control of the final result.
Many plastic surgeons do not offer an open approach because they are not comfortable with the technical aspect of it, and opt for a less demanding approach. Precise knowledge of the anatomy is required to offer this procedure to our patients and we feel in most cases this open approach provides a superior result. In either surgical technique, an incision is made in the hairline or in front of the hairline, which leaves little to no visible scarring.
Your Brow Lift may also be performed at the same time as a hairline restoration, feminizing rhinoplasty, or forehead reduction/contouring procedure depending on the scope of your facial feminization process.
How will I know if I need a brow lift or just brow shaping?
During your consult and depending on your existing individual facial features, your surgeon Dr. Deschamps-Braly will recommend a plan for your brow lift within the context of your FFS surgery and your desired outcome for a more feminine appearance.