BROW & FOREHEAD LIFT
As we age our forehead becomes wrinkled and the eyebrows began to drop. Brow and Forehead Lifts aim to raise and reset the eyebrow position and to reduce forehead heaviness and wrinkles, ridges and furrows on the forehead, thus creating a smoother, more youthful appearance. This procedure can be performed in conjunction with other surgeries. We commonly perform this for woman who develop flat, lower set eyebrows over time. We are able to establish aesthetic arching of the brow as well as raise them and decrease the heaviness of the forehead region.
We offer two types of brow and forehead lifts. Traditional open approach with an incision across the front of the hairline and an endoscopic technique. Both techniques have their role, depending on your anatomy, clinical exam and expectations your facial surgeon can determine the best treatment option for you. An open approach is typically done when a patient has a high hairline. This approach can be done to lower a hairline in conjunction with brow elevation. An endoscopic approach is typically used on patients that do not have a high hairline. Small incisions are made within the hair so incisions are hidden, a small camera is used to aid in elevation of the brow and release the forehead tissue. This is then secured in the desired position with a resorbable device that will go away in a few months. Surgical clips are placed to close the incision and are removed at one week post op.
Antibiotics may be prescribed for several days following surgery. Sutures or surgical clips are generally removed at one week. Swelling and bruising may occur in the forehead and around the eyes, these should subside within 1-2 weeks. Patients will be allowed to use cosmetics to cover mild bruising after surgery. You can proceed with your normal daily activities within 1-2 weeks. The brows will often appear a little too elevated for the first 1-2 weeks due to swelling, as the swelling subsides the brow position will lower to the desired and stable location. Although results will look good in 1-2 weeks, final results will be seen at 4 months post operatively.
Insurance typically does not cover brow lifts, in very rare cases with severe visual impairment it may be covered. Your facial cosmetic surgeon will be able to discuss this with you at your consultation.