What is a Brow Lift?
As we age, the tissue and skin on our forehead and eyelids stretch and becomes droopy. Brow lifts, or forehead lifts, can reduce the lines in the forehead and between the brows and can also make the eyes look more open.
Brow Lift Techniques
There are four techniques used to lift the brow and forehead. Dr. Pfeiffer determines the most appropriate technique for you based on the thickness, elasticity, and texture of the skin, the bone structure of the face, and the overall appearance of the eyelids, forehead and the position of the eyebrows.
Instabrow Lift uses Botox Cosmetic® to temporary and slightly lift the eyebrows to achieve better symmetry between both eyes. It is usually recommended when the brow has slightly dropped and must be re-treated every 3-4 months.
Direct Brow Lift
The direct brow lift is a long-lasting and effective way to open the eyes and improve the appearance when aging skin causes the drooping of the brow and forehead. With the direct brow lift, an incision is made near the eyebrow, often concealed in the brow line, and excess skin and tissue are removed.
Coronal Brow Lift
A coronal brow lift utilizes a long incision that runs behind the hairline and ears across the top of the head to remove excess skin.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
The endoscopic brow lift is minimally invasive when compared to the coronal brow lift. It utilizes small incisions in the hairline and forehead and requires special lighting and cameras to preform the surgery. Because of the small incisions, there is less scarring.
Brow Lift Procedure
During brow-lift surgery, you can plan to be in the surgery center between one and three hours. Intravenous sedation is used to keep you comfortable. Depending on the technique Dr. Pfeiffer will make one long incision or a series of small incisions. Tissue and muscle beneath the skin will be moved or repositioned as necessary. Small sutures will be made and you will be asked to use ointment regularly during the post-operative period.
Forehead Lift Recovery
It is normal to have bruising and swelling which typically goes away within the first two weeks following surgery. It is important to avoid heavy lifting and bending to help healing. It can take up to six months for all the swelling to subside and for scars to fade.
Results from Brow Lift Surgery
The results of brow lift surgery can be subtle or dramatic, depending on the patient’s situation before surgery and their goals of the procedure. Results can be seen immediately, with eyes appearing more open. Also, lines across the forehead, bridge of the nose, and between the eyes appear less noticeable.
Risks of Forehead Lift Surgery
Before surgery. Dr. Pfeiffer will fully discuss the risks associated with a brow lift. In addition to those associated with any type of surgery, risks for a browlift can include:
- Hair loss around the incision site(s)
- Changes in facial symmetry
- Raised hairline
- Injury to facial nerves
- Dry Eyes and/or eye irritation
These risks can be reduced by choosing a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon who understands the function of the eye and is experienced with oculofacial surgery.