A browlift or “forehead lift” is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and reduces the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad, or tired. A brow lift is performed with the use of an endoscope, which is a pencil-like camera device connected to a television monitor that allows the procedure to be performed with minimal incisions.
Is this procedure right for you?
Anyone who wants to look younger can benefit from a browlift. This procedure can also help those with hereditary traits like furrowed lines above the nose or a low, heavy brow to look more refreshed and alert. Even individuals with baldness or a receding hairline can now have this surgery, due to new techniques.
What does a browlift entail?
Your surgeon will make three to five small incisions above the hairline and insert an endoscope to visually assess the muscles and tissues under the skin. Then the skin is elevated into a new, higher position on the head, bringing the eyebrows up. The skin is held in place with temporary fixation screws behind the hairline. The incisions are then stitched closed.
Is it possible to have another procedure done at the same time?
A brow lift may be done together with a Face Lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Some patients opt for a brow lift instead of eyelid surgery to correct excess skin in the upper eyelids.
How long can I expect the results to last?
A brow lift does not stop the clock, but the results last a long time. Your face will continue to age with time, but the effect will last for years after your surgery. You may want to have another browlift after some years have passed.
What risks are involved?
Rare complications, including infection and bleeding, can occur with this surgery, but most are minor. Temporary loss of sensation around the incision is common. An uncommon complication is injury to the nerves the control eyebrow movement; this can be corrected with additional surgery.
Where will the surgery take place?
We can perform this procedure in our office or an outpatient surgery center or hospital. Browlift is typically an outpatient procedure.
What should I expect from the post-surgery recovery period?
While you should keep your activities low-key for several days after having a brow lift, most patients return to school or work in a week or less. You should refrain from strenuous physical activity for several weeks after the surgery. Your stitches will be removed within a week. Extended exposure to sun or heat should be avoided for several months.
What kind of results can I expect?
Most patients are happy with the change in their appearance a browlift achieves. You may not even realize how much your brow ages your face until you see the result—a younger, more rested look.