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Aesthet Surg J. 2010 May-Jun;30(3):297-300. doi: 10.1177/1090820X10369918.

Eyebrow peak position redefined.

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University of California, Irvine, CA, USA.



The aesthetically appealing eyebrow shape has been defined by its arch, located near the junction between the medial two-thirds and lateral one-third. The position of this arch has been historically described by arbitrary anatomical landmarks that have no logical structural relationship. Moreover, selection of endoscopic brow lift incision sites that define vector of pull and fixation points have been variably described.


The authors examine the position of the deep temporal fusion line to determine whether it can act as a more accurate and functional landmark than prior anatomical landmarks for the eyebrow peak position.


Eyebrows were measured in 50 subjects from the medial aspect of the eyebrow to the a) deep temporal fusion line (ridge), b) eyebrow peak (arch), c) lateral aspect of the brow, and d) lateral limbus. Pearson's correlation, descriptive statistics, and student's t test results were obtained.


Eyebrow measurements demonstrated that the deep temporal fusion line is the most precise indicator of brow peak position among all examined landmarks. The Pearson correlation value was strongest between brow peak and deep temporal fusion line (P = .860) and a t test confirmed this observation with no significant difference between brow peak and deep temporal fusion line. The lateral limbus and medial two-thirds lateral one-third junction more accurately predict brow peak in females, but the deep temporal fusion line is an equally reliable predictor of brow peak for males and females.


These findings suggest that placement of endoscopic brow lift incisions and subsequent fixation points may be best defined along the deep temporal fusion line.

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