What Is a Brow Lift?
Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift is a surgical procedure performed to reduce signs of aging on the eyebrows and/or forehead. It may also treat certain hereditary facial features. A brow lift is commonly performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift, to provide a balanced, youthful appearance to the face.
Am I a Candidate for a Brow Lift?
Candidates for brow lift surgery typically have the following:
- deep horizontal creases across their forehead
- frown lines between their eyebrows or across their nose
- sagging eyebrows leaving them with a tired or sad appearance
Individuals seeking a brow lift often feel that they do not look as young as they feel.
Forehead Lift Surgery Preparation
Patients that smoke are advised to stop smoking several weeks before brow lift surgery to improve postoperative healing. Be sure to advise your plastic surgeon of all medications and supplements you are currently taking, as some of them may have to be temporarily stopped before the procedure. Patients undergoing brow lift on an outpatient basis will need a friend or relative to drive them home afterward, and to remain with them for the first night.
Brow Lift Techniques
Traditionally, brow lift surgery involved a large incision across the top of the forehead.Advancements in technology have led to the endoscopic technique, in which three to five small incisions are made across the forehead behind the hairline. These shorter incisions allow for a shorter recovery time when compared to the traditional brow lift technique. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will explain the exact approach he or she will use for your brow lift procedure.
Consultation for a Forehead Lift
During your brow lift consultation, your plastic surgeon will perform a physical examination, review your medical history, and discuss your desired goals from this procedure. He or she will evaluate the thickness, texture, and elasticity of your facial skin, the structure of your facial bones and skin, the overall appearance of your eyebrows and eyelids, and the position of your eyebrows. Your plastic surgeon will use this information to determine the most appropriate surgical approach, which they can explain to you in great detail.
Brow Lift Procedure
Brow lift surgery usually takes about one to two hours to perform and may take place at a hospital, an office-based surgical suite, or an ambulatory center. General anesthesia and intravenous sedation are options for this procedure; your plastic surgeon will select the best option for you. Depending on the surgical technique used, an incision or series of small incisions are made across the forehead. Then, the tissue and muscle underneath the skin are moved or repositioned as necessary. At the end of the procedure, sutures, screws, adhesives, or surgical tape close the incisions. You will then be moved to a recovery area for observation.
Recovery from a Forehead Lift
Most patients return home the same day as their brow lift, although an overnight stay may be necessary for some. Swelling may be more visible the first day or two after surgery, although most swelling goes away within two weeks. To prevent post-operative bleeding, you should refrain from bending or heavy lifting for the first few days after your brow lift.
How Long Does The Swelling and Scars Last After Brow Lift?
It may take up to six months for all swelling to fully subside and for all scars to fade.
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Brow Lift Results
Depending on your pre-surgical appearance and your goals, the results of your brow lift may either be subtle or dramatic. Within a few weeks after surgery, your results should be noticeable.
How Can I Maintain My Forehead Lift Results?
To maintain your results, it’s important to use sunscreen when spending time in the sun and refrain from smoking.
Brow Lift Risks
Brow lift surgery is a relatively safe procedure; however, most procedures carry a slight risk of complications. Although they rarely occur, risks may include adverse reactions to anesthesia, injury to facial tissue, and hematoma (accumulation of blood under the skin). You can minimize the occurrence of complications by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for your brow lift.