Should I Get a Brow Lift or a Facelift?

Jeffrey Kenkel, MD

A patient asked me an interesting question during a recent facial plastic surgery consult: “Should I get a brow lift or a facelift?” It struck me because so many people considering facial rejuvenation at my Dallas and Frisco locations do struggle with both upper and lower facial laxity and sagging, and a combined facelift and brow lift seems like an intuitive solution.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding these procedures.

Where Brow Lifts Fall Short

It is true that many of us lose volume in the brow and temple region or have seen a descent in the outside aspect of the brow over time. Some important things to remember/consider:

1. Many facial plastic surgeons do fewer brow lifts these days as researchers have found that this deformity in many is due to loss of volume in this area and not necessarily descent of the brow itself (lambros). I would agree with this. It is amazing how much better many of our patients look with a small amount of filler or fat in this area

2. If not done properly, brow lifts can distort our appearance and make us look unnatural.

Will a Facelift Lift My Brows?

A facelift only addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, so it does not include the eyes, brows, or forehead. (Learn more in this blog post.) If you are looking to rejuvenate both your lower and upper face, it’s best to opt for a facelift combined with fat transfer, dermal fillers, or, in specific cases, a brow lift.

To see examples of each procedure’s results, please visit my brow lift before-and-after photo gallery and my facelift before-and-after photo gallery.

It is important to seek a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can review this with you and make a personalized recommendation. If you would like to discuss your options in person, please request a consultation online or call (214) 645-3112.

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