Brow Lift Procedure

Last Updated: May 02, 2012

Heredity, stress, poor diet, poor health, sun exposure, and time all contribute to the aging process. Nowhere is age more prominently shown than in the forehead and eyebrow. The appearance of the eyes and their relationship to the brows significantly affect one's overall aesthetic and youthful appearance. Frown lines, wrinkles, drooping brow and eyelids contribute to a supposed tired, frustrated, angry, and sad appearance. All these flaws combine to highlight your vulnerable older age.

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It is important to consult your plastic surgeon for additional details about the operation, how to prepare for it, possible complications and side effects, and recovery regimen.

With these impending signs of aging diminishing your attractiveness, one can look and feel older than they actually are. That is why more and more people are seeking rejuvenation through brow lift plastic surgery to restore some semblance of their once youthful appearance to improve their overall self-esteem and quality of life.

Candidates for the procedure

The most common candidate for brow lifts is men and women from the ages of 40 to 60 years. It is however not limited to this age demographic, there are many cases of younger people who have developed frown lines from intense stress or muscle activity. Also some hereditary traits cause low brows and furrow lines above the nose.

Brow lifts are aimed at the forehead and eyebrow. It helps to soften and improve horizontal forehead wrinkles, vertical frown lines between the eyes, crow's feet, and drooping brows. All procedures may involve tightening loose skin and excising extra skin.

Methods & Techniques

This page is dedicated to informing you about available brow lift procedures available, the length of procedure, anesthesia involved, and whether it is performed as an in or out patient operation.

The brows are often the first indicators of aging as the skin of the forehead begins to loose its elasticity. The sun, wind, and gravity pull, all contribute to the sign of frown lines and drooping brow - all having a significant impact on your face's appearance. You may look older than you appear as these flaws can make a person's facial expression seem angry, depressed, sad, and tired, even though that is not the way you feel.

What Can You Expect?

As we age, it common to accumulate excess forehead skin, which reveals itself in wrinkles, deep furrows between the eyes, and drooping brows, contributing to the inevitable sign of aging. If you've looked in the mirror recently and pulled back on some of that skin, you probably realized that you could still have a youthful look without that constant frowning. As a result, more and more men and women are undergoing brow lift surgery to restore their previous youthful appearance.

Brow Lift Techniques

There are several methods of brow lifts available with varying degrees of invasiveness. The traditional procedure requires large incisions hidden in your hairline while the newer procedures only require a few small incisions and some endoscopic probes. However, all these methods have the same principle and the results are always pretty consistent.

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As we age, it common to accumulate excess forehead skin, which reveals itself in wrinkles, deep furrows between the eyes, and drooping brows, contributing to the inevitable sign of aging.

Candidates for Brow Lifts

The most common candidate for brow lifts is men and women from the ages of 40 to 60 years. It is however not limited to this age demographic, there are many cases of younger people who have developed frown lines from intense stress or muscle activity. Also some hereditary traits cause low brows and furrow lines above the nose.

Results

Brow lift surgery reconstructs your forehead's muscles and tissues in a way that makes them tighter, reducing the former sagging position. That way, the frowning and drooping are removed and replaced with a smooth forehead, raised eyebrows, and less frown lines. The results are often dramatic and can take many years off your facial appearance.

Endoscopic Brow Lifts

Many advances in Brow lift surgery have allowed men who are bald or have a receding hairline to undergo this operation. This is achieved by using endoscopic brow lift surgery, which employs strategically placed incisions. This procedure prevents any obvious scarring, so that the operation would yield less dramatic side effects.

Brow lifts can also be an added procedure for those undergoing other forms of facial plastic surgery. It is quite common for individuals to have brow lift surgery to supplement their facelift, eyelid surgery, and facial implant procedures.

Successful patients of a brow lift surgery look younger, feel more confident, and generally feel happier. The procedure can give you that happier and attentive look to complement your renewed confidence and vigor.

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Coronal Brow Lift

This procedure is the oldest and most reliable method in brow lift surgery. Coronal brow lifts are aimed at people who are looking to raise their brow line.

The procedure involves making a long incision from ear to ear. Through this incision, your surgeon can alter the muscles (frontalis, procerus, and corrugators) that cause horizontal forehead wrinkles and scowling. The surgeon then proceeds to lift the forehead flap up and removes excess skin, about a 1-2 cm strip of your scalp. The remaining scalp is sewed back together. The procedure lengthens the forehead and raises the hairline as the forehead is lifted. This operation is usually performed as on an out patient basis with the procedure lasting anywhere from 45 to 120 minutes. Anesthesia is usually a combination of local and perhaps general anesthetics and sedation.

Endoscopic Brow Lift

This recent procedure is quickly superseding coronal brow lift as the method of choice, as this procedure essentially produces the same result albeit with smaller incisions and subsequent lower side effects and faster recovery.

The procedure involves creating 3-6 small incisions to allow entrance of an endoscope so the surgeon can see the underlying muscle and observe the progress of the procedure. Appropriate alterations are made to the muscles under view, and also the surgeon can lift your forehead, but does not remove the excess scalp. Finally, endo lifts, like coronal lifts, raise your hairline, but (unlike coronal lifts) they do not cause temporary numbness on top of your head. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis with the procedure lasting from 30 to 90 minutes. Local or general anesthetic is employed in combination with sedation.

Endoscopic Brow Lift Advantage

Compared to the traditional coronal brow lift, this procedure is minimally invasive. The utilization of smaller incisions minimizes the chance of infection, and consequently increases healing times following the operation. The ensuing scars are smaller and much less noticeable as they hide reasonably well in the confines of the hair. Additionally, scalp tissue is essentially not removed in the procedure and there is relatively little to no hair loss. Overall, Endoscopic brow lifts can produce the same results of a traditional lift with fewer complications.

Lateral Brow Lift

This simple procedure targets only the outer brow, and is ideally suited to prospective patients who are only concerned with the drooping of the ends of the eyebrows.

During a lateral brow lift, incisions are placed in the hairline at the temples towards the sides of the face. The lateral brow lift removes excess skin, lifting the outer corners of the forehead. This procedure is performed on an outpatient lasting from 20-60 minutes. Local anesthetic with light sedation is normally employed.

Lateral Brow Lift Effect

The most prominent feature of this procedure is the instantaneous new look at the end of your eyebrows. In many cases, patients receive an enhanced arch at the ends of their eyebrows, giving them an exotic look that is extremely appealing to the eye (think Catherine Zeta-Jones).

Mini Brow Lift

A mini brow lift is a minimally invasive brow lift that helps to tighten the skin and muscles in the forehead.

It targets the same areas as the coronal and endoscopic brow lift procedures, except it is for patients whose frown lines and drooping brow are not as pronounced. The procedure involves making small incisions usually no longer than two inches that are hidden behind the hairline. Surgeons can disconnect the fibrous connections of the brow from the skull beneath. This allows the forehead skin to be pulled back and excised to adjust the smoothness of the forehead. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis with the operation usually lasting 45 to 90 minutes. Local or general anesthetic is employed in combination with sedation.

Mini Brow Lift Results

Compared to the traditional brow lift or endoscopic brow lift surgery, the results are not as dramatic. But since the procedure is much less invasive, there is a lower risk of complications and the recovery time is drastically faster. The most distinguishing advantage is the absence of any large scars. When mini brow lifts includes the used of the high-tech methods of lasers and radio frequency, which reduce the need for invasive muscle cutting, faster healing times have been noted.

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Brow lifts are aimed at the forehead and eyebrow. It helps to soften and improve horizontal forehead wrinkles, vertical frown lines between the eyes, crow's feet, and drooping brows.

Preparations

It is important to consult your plastic surgeon for additional details about the operation, how to prepare for it, possible complications and side effects, and recovery regimen.

Result

All brow lift procedures essentially aim for similar results. With the reconstruction of your forehead's muscles and tissues to makes them tighter. It will reduce the former sagging position to eliminate the frowning and drooping, leading to a smooth forehead, raised eyebrows, and less frown lines. The results can be astounding and can take many years off your facial appearance.

Brow lifts are surgical procedures designed to raise the forehead and eyebrow to improve the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines, crow's feet caused by the drooping of the forehead skin. It is generally older men and women who undergo this procedure to combat the signs of aging and its accompanying laxity of forehead muscles and skin.

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Overall, the brow lift surgery has been performed for a long time and thus, is well known and understood by plastic surgeons. It is generally regarded as a relatively simple and safe operation.

Side Effects and Risks

Like any medical procedure, all plastic surgery procedures carry underlying side effects and risks. Brow lift surgery is no exception. For the most part, a brow lift is generally regarded as being a relatively easy and complication-free procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. There are, however, known side effects and complications that can occur:

  • Forehead paralysis - When operating under the forehead skin flap, the underlying nerves may be compromised. If damage, the nerves that control the eyebrows can result in restricted control of the eyebrow muscle. One or both eyebrows may simply not work, and not respond to movement. In addition, it may be difficult to wrinkle your forehead. Remedial surgery can often correct this problem.
  • Numbness of the forehead - Some loss of sensation along the incision line can be a temporary side effect of the brow lift operations. However, such sensory change usually improves itself in the weeks following the operation, although permanent numbness has been documented.
  • Brow asymmetry - if the procedure was done incorrectly, then the final look may exhibit asymmetric brows. This is normally a rare incidence, and is the fault of the surgeon. That is why a skilled, experienced surgeon should be sought. This error can be revised with further surgery.
  • Scarring - anytime there are incisions made, tissue damage will occur with associated scarring. The trick is to have the incision as minimal as possible to prevent the scar from being obvious. This is why mini- and endo-scopic brow lifts are rising in popularity compared to the traditional, coronal brow lift. Also, the incisions are usually hidden behind the hairline to minimize exposure.
  • High hairline and loss of hair - this side effects were usually related to the more invasive coronal brow lift. In any case, since all these procedures involve making an incision to raise the forehead and eyebrow, a slightly higher hairline is usually produced. The risk of hair loss is possible in the areas where the incisions were made - which is almost always behind the hairline. Hair loss is rarely permanent though.
  • General complications associated with surgery include temporary swelling and bruising, possibility of hematomas, secondary bacterial infections, adverse reactions to medications and/or anesthetics.

Considered A Safe Procedure

Overall, the brow lift surgery has been performed for a long time and thus, is well known and understood by plastic surgeons. It is generally regarded as a relatively simple and safe operation.

Even though complications are rare you should be aware of them.

You're thinking about brow lift surgery, you understand the procedure and the results after intensively researching the subject, you've consulted your surgeon, and now you've made the made decision to go ahead with it.

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Results are long-lasting with maximum duration considered to be about 10 years.

Quick Procedure

The actual brow lift surgery will take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of procedure and the extent of the work being performed. You already know that this procedure will help reduce those revealing signs of aging as you hope to eliminate those frown line, wrinkles, and droopy eyebrows. You've seen you friend's result - she looks about 10 years younger after receiving her brow lift - and seemingly acts that way too!

Recovery

Well the path to those excellent results won't come instantaneously. Like any other surgical procedure, proper brow lift recovery is the key to faster healing, which will then allow you to show of your enhanced appearance with newfound invigoration.

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You should avoid any sort of activity that gets your blood pressure up. When sleeping, it's a good idea to keep your head up and elevated to allow drainage from the head.

Post-surgery

Following the surgery, you will feel numbness in the forehead, with expected redness, swelling and discomfort. That's OK, its normal around these regions where the incisions were made. Be sure to take your pain-relievers and antibiotics to minimize any pain felt and prevent infections from occurring. If you have excessive pain, redness, pus or other symptoms that do not appear normal, contact your surgeon immediately!

The First Days

The first few days following the operation will require plenty of rest. You should avoid any sort of activity that gets your blood pressure up. When sleeping, it's a good idea to keep your head up and elevated to allow drainage from the head.

After a few days, your surgeon may change your bandages or wait till later on in the week pending on your recovery progress. Patients are not advised to use any sort of skin irritant like dyes, tints, and skin care products at least for a few days. You should be able to wash your hair right away if you wish.

The First Week

By the end of the first week you should be able to go to the surgeon's office for a post-op examination. They will usually remove the sutures around this time and examine your healing progress. Normally, people are well enough to go back to work a week after the surgery, although any strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately 3 weeks.

As time goes by, you may notice hair loss or hair thinning around the incisions - don't worry, that is a normal side effect of the procedure and is typically temporary. The numbness and discomfort should subside, but may be replaced by an incessant itchiness. This is a sign of nerve regeneration after it had been damaged in the scalp.

After 1-2 Months

You should be fully healed one to two months after the operation and can resume your previous activities - and be proud of your new and improved appearance. A brow lift is a dramatic change that can knock years off your face.

Results Are Long Lasting - Up To 10 Years

It is important to remember that the results of the brow lift are not permanent as the skin and muscle will continue to loosen with age and activity. However, the results are long-lasting with maximum duration considered to be about 10 years.

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To learn more about Brow Lift Surgery please complete the contact form below, or call us today at the number found in the upper right corner of this page. You will then get the option to schedule a free consultation with a Board Certified Surgeon in Your local area. The majority of surgeons have financing plans available to offer their customers.

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