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Do you feel like your eyebrows are making you look more tired than you really are? Do you feel like you look older than you really are due to upper facial sagging? If so, you may find that you’re a good candidate for a brow lift, otherwise referred to as a forehead lift, at Blue Illusion Beauty in Carlsbad, CA. Today, our cosmetic experts are taking a closer look at everything you need to know about this procedure.

Can a Brow Lift Offer Permanent Results?

Like every other cosmetic procedure, you cannot expect the results of a brow lift to last a lifetime. However, your forehead muscles will be tightened for a very long time. The reason there is no permanent anti-aging procedure is there is no stopping the aging process. The visible signs of aging can be reversed temporarily, but the aging process never stops, and the forces of gravity continue to compound the problem of sagging skin.

How Long Does a Brow Lift Last?

As a general rule of thumb, the results of a brow lift can last for 10 to 15 years. Specifically, if you’re between your mid-20s and mid-40s and take care of your skin health, you can expect your results to last for 15 years. On the other hand, if you smoke every day and are in your 60s, your results will probably only last for 10 to 15 years. The severity of the brow sagging you experience before your forehead lift will also affect the longevity of your results.

What Can I Do to Maintain My Skin Health?

There are a number of things you can do to ensure that your skin is as healthy as possible. However, some of these things are harder to stick to than others. It is up to you to determine which lifestyle choices you make and stick to for the sake of your skin health and overall health. Here’s a brief overview of some of the healthiest lifestyle choices you can make to keep your skin healthy.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of hydrating fluids, like tea, water, and coffee, is one of the best things you can do for the sake of your skin health. It is so important to stay hydrated because your skin is made up of mostly water. Note, if you remain hydrated and your skin remains hydrated, your elastin, collagen, and other supportive structures will be hydrated adequately.

Note, if you are chronically dehydrated, no amount of moisturizer will hydrate the deepest layers of your skin. To keep your supportive structures as healthy as possible and ensure your body can produce new supportive structures as efficiently as possible, you need to make sure that your skin is hydrated. For hydrated, strong, smooth skin, make it one of your top priorities to remain hydrated.

How Much Water You Should Drink

As hard as it can feel to stay hydrated in California, especially during the dog days of summer, it is possible if you make an effort. To help you stay hydrated, you should carry a large, insulated water bottle everywhere.

Make a point to refill it several times daily and eat water-dense foods if you don’t feel like you’re refilling your water bottle enough. Typically, you should try to drink between eight and 16 cups of hydrating fluids daily for optimal hydration.

Eat Plenty of Bioavailable Protein

Water isn’t the only key ingredient required for the production of collagen. Protein is another key ingredient. It is so important that you eat plenty of bioavailable protein every day because collagen is a type of protein, and you need to eat protein to get amino acids (the building blocks of protein) in your diet. Getting enough amino acids in your diet means that your skin has the building blocks it needs to make the most important type of protein, collagen.

Note, by the time you reach your 25th birthday, your skin reduces its collagen production by 1% every year. That’s why it is so important that you give your skin everything it needs to take care of itself. Another ingredient your skin needs to produce collagen is vitamin C. Ideally, you should get your RDA of vitamin C through fruits and vegetables rather than nutritional supplements.

Eat Plenty of Produce

There are plenty of foods you can incorporate in your diet to get your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. That said, you may want to eat foods that are high in both vitamin C and protein, like broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and peas. If you’re struggling to get enough vitamin C in your diet, make a point to eat at least three fruits and three veggies daily.

You may find it easier to eat enough produce every day if each meal contains at least one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables. For example, you may have a fruit and spinach smoothie for breakfast, a kale salad with blueberries and raspberries for lunch, and a side of green beans and fruit salad with dinner.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

It’s not too hard to get plenty of protein and vitamin C in your diet every day. However, it can be tricky to ensure your skin remains protected from sun damage. It isn’t enough to apply sunscreen when it is sunny out and you will be spending the day outside. You need to wear sunscreen daily, even when it is overcast outside, and reapply it every four hours.

To make sure you don’t forget, you may want to set timers on your phone. Keep in mind, you should wear sunscreen even when most of your day will be spent indoors or in a vehicle because not even glass is adequate to protect your skin from UVC damage.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?

We will advise you on whether you are a good fit for this procedure during your initial consultation at one of our conveniently located offices. To determine whether this procedure is right for you, we need to discuss your health thoroughly and examine your upper face to ensure this is the appropriate procedure to achieve your goals. Let’s take a closer look at signs that this procedure may be right for you.

You Have a Solid Support System Standing Behind You

To be considered an ideal candidate for this procedure, you must have a strong support network backing you. It is highly advisable to have someone stay with you for at least the first 24 hours post-op so you can focus exclusively on your rest. If you don’t have someone who can stay with you during the early stages of your recovery, you may still qualify.

However, you at least need to have someone drive you home after your procedure because you cannot drive within 24 hours of receiving general anesthesia. You also may need to have someone stay with you if you have small children or pets. It is crucial that you do not lift anything over 10 pounds during the first six weeks following your procedure.

You Aren’t a Smoker

You should also be a non-smoker if you want to be considered an ideal candidate for this procedure. Typically, general anesthesia is administered prior to this procedure to ensure you remain asleep and comfortable throughout the entire process.

However, to qualify for general anesthesia, you need to have healthy lungs and a healthy heart. If you’re a smoker, there is a chance that your heart and lungs may not be healthy enough for you to receive general anesthesia.

Learn More About Lifting Your Brows Today

Your eyes are one of the first facial features that people notice about you. In fact, they are such an important, prominent feature that people often call the eyes the windows to the soul. However, if you have sagging eyebrows, people may not be able to see how youthful and energetic you are. Instead, they may see someone who is old and too tired to pay adequate attention to important conversations.

If you are ready to lift your sagging eyebrows, contact us today at Blue Illusion Beauty in Murrieta, San Diego, and Carlsbad, CA to schedule your initial consultation.  On average, the results of this treatment last for 10 to 12 years. However, you can extend the longevity of your results by making a concerted effort to care for the health of your skin.

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