Aging has a way of causing the skin and tissue on the upper two-thirds of the face to shift downward. When this happens across the forehead, drooping eyebrows create a heavy, tired appearance. Sagging eyebrows can make a person appear very serious, sad, angry, or unfriendly. Brow lift surgery can correct the position of the brow so the eyes look youthful, vibrant, and welcoming.
What is a brow lift?
A brow lift may also be referred to as a forehead lift. This surgical procedure is performed to reduce lines and wrinkles on the forehead, as well as to decrease the appearance of vertical lines between the eyebrows and improve the position of the eyebrows on the forehead. Brow lift surgery is often combined with eyelid rejuvenation (blepharoplasty) and facelift surgery.
Candidates for Brow Lift Surgery
Brow lift surgery is an appropriate treatment option for men and women who are in good physical health and who do not smoke or can commit to avoiding tobacco for several weeks before and after surgery. Research has demonstrated that the most satisfied brow lift patients are those who have realistic expectations of their potential outcome and a generally positive outlook on life. Patients who have questions about the procedure can speak with Dr. Hunsaker.
Brow Lift Procedures
Brow lift procedures are personalized to each patient and based on the current position of the brow. Some patients achieve their desired outcome with a lateral brow lift, which adds height to the outer edge of the brows. In other situations, a full forehead lift is needed to smooth lines on the forehead and between the brows.
- Lateral brow lift
- Endoscopic brow lift
- Direct brow lift
Lateral Brow Lift
A lateral brow lift is conducted through a small incision behind the hairline at that lateral brow, just near the temples. This technique may be ideal for individuals with a sagging or naturally low lateral brow. To lift the outer area of skin, a suture is inserted through the lateral incision and attached to tissue at the brow. This suture holds the brow in a lifted position through which the eyes and upper face are rejuvenated. This is typically completed in less than an hour.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
An endoscopic brow lift is a more extensive procedure that lifts the tissue across the forehead. However, only small incisions are needed to achieve a cosmetically appealing result. Incisions are made in the hairline to provide access to superficial tissue, which is gently lifted and secured into an elevated position. An endoscopic brow lift may take approximately two hours and carry a recovery period of about one week.
Direct Brow Lift
A direct brow lift is much less desirable due to the prominent location of incisions at the brow line. This technique is typically performed only to repair trauma or correct facial paralysis when other techniques are not optimal.
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Are there scars after a brow lift?
Scarring is always a concern when the skin is cut. In each brow lift case, incisions are made in the most discreet manner, usually behind the hairline. In this location, the scars themselves are usually hidden beneath the hair.
Forehead Lift Recovery
The final results of a forehead lift appear progressively over the course of several days. Initially, patients will notice bruising and swelling. These side effects, as well as the mild discomfort from tissue manipulation, can be managed with gentle compression and periodic ice therapy. Usually, after a few days, discomfort has significantly decreased and swelling is much less noticeable. A follow-up visit may be scheduled one week after surgery to evaluate recovery. Most patients resume normal activities within two weeks.
Risks Associated with a Forehead Lift
Forehead lift surgery risks depend on the extensiveness of the procedure performed. Our staff discusses risks and side effects at length with each patient during their consultation for brow lift surgery, as well as expected results. It is important to us that plastic surgery patients know what is and is not possible from their proposed procedure.