‘The eyes are the window to your soul,’ they say.
I agree! We show so much of ourselves through our eyes; the good – such as your kind heart, care, concern, worry, or that twinkle that shows your cheeky side.
Unfortunately, our eyes can also easily show whether we’ve had too much sun, not enough sleep, and our age. Sometimes we are full of spark and energy but the shape of our eyes, or the hoods have lowered, and make us look more tired than we actually are.
My team and I can help the way you look to be more aligned with how you feel. So, today I want to shine a light on, getting your eyes, just right.
Where to start? People often ask me the difference between the different types of eye-enhancement procedures involving the ‘brow’ so make sure you read on.
WHICH TREATMENT IS FOR YOU?
Thread Brow Lift – Also known as ‘Thread Lift Procedure’ this is a minimally invasive alternative to brow lift surgery. Thread lifts claim to tighten your skin by inserting medical-grade thread material gently into your skin, then “pulling” your skin up (lifting!) by tightening the thread. The difference compared to the results of brow lift surgery is that surgery results can last up to a decade, whereas a brow thread lift will generally last from three to twelve months. Thread correction refers to low-traumatic methods and is considered a relatively painless procedure. However, even a small puncture requires anaesthesia.
Endoscopic Brow Lift – The Endoscopic Brow Lift elevates the brow without removing any skin. This one is a little more involved. Endoscopic techniques use multiple small incisions hidden behind the hairline. An endoscope or tiny camera device is inserted inside the forehead through these incisions. It uses high-resolution telescope technology to project the internal images onto a screen. Pretty high-tech stuff! The brow lift is performed using very small instruments that are also inserted inside via the incisions. The forehead is repositioned, then secured in an elevated position, and stabilised. The greatest advantage of the endoscopic brow lift is that the several tiny incisions are all hidden in the scalp behind the hairline. The endoscopic brow lift is a good option for people who are in their 30s and have minimal droopiness and loose skin in the forehead area.
Lateral Brow Lift – A lateral brow lift helps to address aging changes in the upper half of the face. It can help with lifting redundant brow tissue from over the upper eyelids, especially laterally where it may be giving a hooded appearance. A lateral brow lift can also assist with removing redundant tissue from the mid and lower face.
Full Brow Lift – A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift or forehead rejuvenation, is a cosmetic procedure to raise the brows. A brow lift improves the appearance of the forehead, the brow and the area around the eyes by raising the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow. In many instances, the results of a brow lift last ten to twelve years. In addition, the normal aging process, lifestyle, and other factors can impact how long a patient enjoys the full results of a brow lift procedure. A classic brow lift is performed under anaesthesia and involves an incision that starts just above the ear level and follows the hairline up the forehead to the next ear. Carefully lifting the skin of the forehead enables adjustment of the fat, tissues, and facial muscles, if necessary. A trans coronal or hairline brow lift can last ten years or longer! This is dependent on the type of procedure the patient may desire. I prefer pure endoscopic for the younger patients that do not require a lot of brow elevation but who just desire correction of the corrugator.
Cat Eye – Cat Eye surgery is a type of lateral brow lift to raise the lateral eyebrows only. For an even more dramatic change one can also perform Canthoplasty Surgery. The lateral canthal tendon is detached, shortened, and re-attached to the lateral orbital rim in a higher position. This achieves a ‘cat-eye’ appearance. The length of time that the results of your Cat Eye or Fox Eye Lift will last, is dependent on the technique used. If you choose to have threads, results typically last between three to twelve months. The surgical technique will give you results that last approximately tow to four years on average. I usually ask my oculoplastic surgeon to perform the canthoplasty.
Hairline Advancement – Hairline Lowering is a surgical technique that allows an individual to have their frontal hairline advanced certain distances, depending on variables such as pre-operative hairline height, scalp laxity, and patient preference. Hairline lowering or hairline advancement as it is also known, is an effective procedure that offers subtle and natural-looking results. An incision is made right along the front of the hairline, then the hairline is brought forward, and the excess forehead skin is removed with the incisions then sutured closed. It is also commonly called hairline lowering or scalp advancement since the procedure involves moving the hair-bearing scalp forward and securing your hairline in a lower position on your forehead. This procedure can help create more balanced and harmonious facial proportions and give you a much more balanced hairline.