A brow lift is a common cosmetic procedure that helps men and women attain a more youthful appearance. Overall, a brow lift serves to remove the deep grooves that develop between the eyebrows, and focuses on correcting droopy eyebrows and sagging upper eyelids that cause patients to look tired, sad or angry. Forehead/Brow Lift surgery is closely related to upper eyelid [Blepharoplasty] surgery. Commonly the apparent “loose” skin of the upper eyelids is actually the result of sagging forehead skin that weighs down on the upper eyelids. Forehead/Brow Lift surgery always rejuvinates the appearance of the upper eyelids as well.
There are several different ways to perform Forehead/Brow Lift surgery depending on the nature of the incisions used: (1) Open methods, (2) Closed methods, and (3) Combination methods.
The “open” methods involve an incision across the head. The incision can either be just in front of the hairline or farther back within the scalp.
The “closed” methods involve several very small incisions just behind the hairline and the use of a small telescope-like device [“endoscope”]. This form of Forehead/Brow Lift surgery is also called “endoscopic browlift.”
The “combination” methods involve incisions in the scalp in the temple areas only and correction of the middle of the forehead and brow utilizing the endoscope device.
There are advantages and disadvantages of all of these methods. If a Forehead/Brow Lift procedure is recommended to you, the specific method that will offer you’re the greatest advantages over the other methods will be advised.
All brow lifts are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically takes around 1-2 hours to complete depending on the approach. Patients will be able to go back to a normal routine within a week. Strenuous activities must be avoided as it may affect healing. Facial features will settle and take on a natural look within a few weeks. It may take several months for the optimal surgical results to take effect.