What Makes the LJO Brow Lift Different from Traditional Brow Lifts?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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As people age and skin elasticity wanes, the forehead area can become wrinkled and the eyebrows can begin to droop. One of the most common areas of drooping is the tail of the eyebrow, known as the outer brow, which can start to sag even at an early age. Such sagging can leave a person looking perpetually sad, tired or even older than their actual years.

Brow lifts are designed to correct the sagging and drooping eyebrows while smoothing out the forehead skin, resulting in a more youthful, vibrant appearance. But not all brow lifts are created equal, as evidenced by the vast difference between a traditional brow lift and the LJO Brow Lift.

Traditional Brow Lift Explained

A traditional brow lift involves tightening the skin of the forehead through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. An incision is typically made directly behind the hairline, reaching from one ear to the other across the forehead area. The forehead skin is then pulled upward, excess tissue and fat cells removed, and the repositioned skin stitched into place.

A similar procedure can be done using an endoscope. Known as the endoscopic brow lift, this type of brow lift requires smaller incisions and the use of a tiny camera and instruments. The surgeon places the endoscope into one of the incisions and proceeds to adjust muscles and lift skin with instruments placed into other incisions. The repositioned eyebrows may be stitched or screwed into place while the incisions are stitched closed after the procedure.

Both the traditional and endoscopic procedures generally leave scarring that can be hidden by the hairline and, if done incorrectly, they can also leave people with an unnatural look. Patients of these procedures may appear constantly surprised, with an expression colloquially described as the –deer in the headlights” look.

While traditional and endoscopic brow lifts may smooth out skin sags and wrinkles across the forehead, neither properly addresses the outer brow sag that contributes to an older look. The sagging outer brow problem generally remains even when patients undergo upper eyelid surgery, either on its own or in conjunction with a brow lift, as the surgery still fails to properly address outer brow sag.

LJO Brow Lift Explained

Unlike the traditional brow lift that is used by the general population of surgeons, the LJO Brow Lift is a specialized procedure created and used by Dr. Lewis Obi. He has performed the procedure more than 5,000 times since he designed it nearly 30 years ago, and it continues to provide an effective solution for the outer brow sag.

The LJO Brow Lift specifically targets the sagging outer brow as the point of correction, lifting only the tail of the brow. Instead of attempting to lift the brows by lifting the entire area of forehead skin, the procedure involves pinpointing the exact location of the sagging skin and leaving the rest of the forehead intact.

Patients are not at risk for the over-correction that comes with many traditional brow lifts, thereby avoiding the possibility of ending up with an unnatural or distorted appearance.

Other Benefits of the LJO Brow Lift Include

  • High likelihood patients will not have any visible scarring
  • Quick, seamless procedure that typically takes 15 minutes to perform on both eyebrows
  • Ability to be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as surgical facelifts
  • Ability to be performed simultaneously with upper eyelid surgery, thereby achieving optimal correction of the entire area

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