The effects of aging are inevitable, and often the brow and forehead area are the first to show the signs of growing older as your skin begins to lose its elasticity. Sun, wind, and the pull of gravity all affect the face, resulting in frown lines, wrinkling across the forehead, and droopiness of the eyebrows.
Not only do forehead wrinkles cause you to look older, but the sagging of the brow can also result in a constantly tired, angry, or sad expression. A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, repositions the brows while smoothing and tightening the skin to produce a refreshed and natural appearance.
Our plastic surgeons specialize in facial sculpting surgery including brow lift surgery. They have performed over 200 brow lift procedures to help their patients achieve the rejuvenated look they desire.
Good Candidates for Brow Lift Surgery
A heavy, fallen brow can not only make you look prematurely aged, but can also give the false impression that you feel tired, angry, or stressed, no matter how you feel on the inside. By lifting and tightening the supportive structures of the forehead, the eyebrows can be returned to a higher position.
Not everyone is a candidate for brow lift surgery. Aging in the lower face, like jowling or the appearance of “turkey neck,” would be better addressed with a facelift/neck lift. For those men and women who notice droopy eyelids, eyelid surgery may be a better option to help you meet your goals. Eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery are often combined.
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There are two techniques for performing brow lift surgery: the open (classic) procedure and the endoscopic forehead lift. During your consultation, your age, skin type, skin laxity, ethnic background, degree of brow droop, and your desired results will be taken into consideration to determine which approach would be best for you.
Your surgeon will go over the techniques that are used for each, where the incisions will be placed and what to expect during brow lift recovery. Depending on your goals, they may suggest combining your brow lift with other facial sculpting procedures such as a facelift to provide more comprehensive results.
For patients who want a less invasive procedure option to lift the brows, BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® to relax the facial muscles is a possible nonsurgical alternative. Your surgeon will thoroughly explain your options and the kinds of results you can expect from each to help you determine the best treatment plan that is right for you.
What to Expect
The brow lift takes between 1 to 2 hours to complete, depending on the surgical technique used and whether other procedures are scheduled at the same time. Further, for the comfort of the patient, a brow lift is performed under general anesthesia.
Your surgeon will make the incisions just behind the hairline. Any excess skin, fat and tissue are removed, the underlying muscles will be repositioned, and the remaining skin and tissue will be lifted to create a more youthful-looking brow.
Your surgeon may choose to close the incisions with either sutures or staples, and your forehead may be taped and wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do brow lifts cost?The cost of a brow lift depends on many different factors. These can include your surgeon’s level of experience, the type of technique used, your geographical location, and the included expenses, such as: anesthesia, facility, associated appointments (pre and post-operative), prescriptions, etc.
Am I a candidate for a brow lift?A brow lift is ideal for any healthy individual looking to elevate their eyebrow position, correct eyebrow asymmetry, and/or address forehead or brow wrinkles that do not respond well to other treatments. However, some things must be considered. If you have had upper eyelid surgery previously, you may not have enough skin to allow for a brow lift and to still be able to close the eyes. In addition, the elevation of eyebrows can leave some with a surprised or unnatural look and a brow lift may not be recommended.
Will a brow lift provide natural results?This is a common concern among many when it comes to brow lifts. Poorly done brow lifts can result in a pulled too tight and surprised facial expression, making the surgery obvious. However, a skilled surgeon will ensure the brow lift looks natural but provides a more youthful appearance.
Will there be a scar?Brow lift incisions occur at the hairline. While there will be scars, skilled surgeons take caution to place the incisions in areas where the hair will cover their appearance, leaving most scars unnoticeable.
How do I know if I need a brow lift, upper eyelid lift or both?While brow lifts treat drooping brows, frown lines and forehead furrows, they are not always what you need to address your facial concerns. Often, you may need an upper eyelid lift instead. In some cases, combining both procedures may be necessary to achieve your desired results. To determine if a brow lift may be right for you, look in the mirror and lightly lift your eyebrows to a natural position. Did doing so reduce the amount of drooping skin above the eye? If so, chances are you will benefit from a brow lift. If excess or drooping skin still obscures the eye, you may also need an upper eyelift.
How long will the results of my brow lift last?Brow lifts are semi-permanent procedures and last many years to a lifetime. However, less invasive brow lift techniques, such as the endoscopic, may not last as long as traditional brow lifts. As you get older, your brow may continue to droop, but another brow lift is always a possibility should you desire.
What are the risks associated with a brow lift?Brow lifts are a safe procedure performed every day. However, as with all surgical procedures, there are always potential risks. With a brow lift, these can include infection, anesthesia complications, blood clots, numbness and nerve damage, hyperpigmentation and excessive scarring.
Brow Lift Recovery
You may initially feel uncomfortable after your brow lift or notice a feeling of tightness in your forehead. Although your individual experience may vary, swelling or bruising may be reduced by keeping your head elevated, including while you sleep.
You will have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at a specified date, at which time they will examine the healing progress and remove sutures or staples. This is typically done a week after surgery.
Although your recovery journey will be unique to you, many patients find that their incisions are healed within a few weeks, and they are able to return to work and daily activities. Most of the bruising and swelling should fade, and makeup can be used to mask any residual signs.
Brow Lift Results
Over the next several months after your brow lift surgery, the residual swelling should continue to dissipate and the incision lines should heal and fade, revealing your final results. Once you have fully healed, you should see a naturally lifted, rejuvenated brow. Your new look can help you feel more confident in your appearance and more like yourself.
Your brow lift results can last for many years. While you can’t stop the natural aging process, you can support long-lasting results by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wearing sunscreen.