Aging of the upper face can lead to heaviness in the eyes, obscuring them, and sometimes leading to an “unhappy” appearance. With constant raising of the brows, patients develop horizontal forehead creases and deep furrows in the brow.
Oftentimes, patients come in desiring improvement in the appearance of their eyes and requesting a blepharoplasty. However, if the brow is in a low position, this is likely the cause for the excess upper eyelid skin and should be corrected first.
Forehead Lift (Brow Lift) Surgery
There are several techniques to perform a browlift, which are tailored to the patient’s needs and anatomy. The most common technique performed today is the endoscopic browlift, which is done through several tiny incisions hidden within the hair. With endoscopic forehead lifts, patients have a very quick recovery and youthful result. To address any excess skin of the upper eyelid, an upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed at the same time.
Browlifts may also relax some of the deeper creases in forehead and brow by addressing the underlying muscles that cause them. For those patients who only seek improvement in their wrinkles, Botox or other neuromodulators will relax superficial wrinkles in the forehead and brow.
Brow Lift Surgery Candidates
A majority of people seeking brow lift surgery are in the age group of 40 to 50 years with eyelids and brow lines that have started to sag visibly, and creases or wrinkles have begun to develop across the forehead. Brow lift surgery can help address the following aesthetic concerns:
- Sagging brows
- Tired or angry appearance
- Horizontal lines across the forehead
- Heavy upper lids
- Deep furrows between the brows
Brow Lift Surgery Procedure
A traditional brow lift involves the following steps:
- The patient will be administered general anesthesia to ensure that they are asleep during the procedure.
- The surgeon will place an incision across the forehead, beneath the hairline.
- The skin will be lifted to enable the wrinkles to appear smoother, and the brows will be repositioned.
- The surgeon will remove any excess skin and seal the incision with sutures.
Endoscopic Brow lift surgery involves the following steps:
- General anesthesia will be administered so that the patient remains unconscious during the procedure.
- The surgeon will place multiple tiny incisions along the scalp.
- Through these incisions, they will insert an endoscope, enabling them to view the treatment area on a television monitor.
- The surgeon will use another instrument to lift the forehead, reposition the brows, and tighten the muscle tissue.
- They will remove the excess skin and close the incisions.
People typically choose to undergo a brow lift to address the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the forehead and between the brows or reposition the eyebrows to a higher place on the forehead.
The procedure creates dramatic outcomes, enabling patients to attain a more youthful, revitalized, and appealing facial appearance. Brow lift surgery can address various aesthetic flaws on the upper third portion of the face.
Risks of Brow Lift Surgery
While complications rarely develop in brow lift surgery, there are risks associated with any surgical procedure. The patient should honestly reveal their medical history, including existing conditions to their surgeon before proceeding with the surgery.
If a patient does not follow the necessary guidelines or works with a qualified plastic surgeon, brow lift surgery risks may include the following:
- Poor response to anesthesia
- Hair loss at the incision area
- Problem moving forehead muscles or brows
Brow Lift Surgery Results and Recovery
The patient will notice a significant reduction in inflammation, bruising, and other noticeable side effects after a few weeks. The outcomes will be much more pronounced. Patients will typically feel better and more like themselves at this time, along with looking more attractive.
Once the patient has healed fully, they can enjoy their new, rejuvenated appearance. The forehead will appear wrinkle-free and naturally smooth. The re-positioned brows will offer the face a more appealing and brighter appearance.
Non-surgical Brow Lift / Forehead Lift
A non-surgical brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that tightens and raises the skin on the upper third of your face, specifically the forehead and eyebrows. It can smooth out furrows between your brows, raise drooping eyebrows, open up your eyes and remove lines on your forehead.
For a non-surgical brow lift we use dermal fillers to restore your skin’s lost volume. This can be done in conjunction with a non-surgical brow lift using anti-wrinkle injections.
For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.